Stages of Smoking with Collagen


  • I have been trying to use collagen casings for my Brats in our meat department. I can’t get them tender enough and it may be that I am not smoking them correctly. I have been using the same process that I did when I used Natural Casings. Stage 1 : low heat with fan for 30 min damper open. Stage 2 : Smoke at Medium heat for a hour and a half, RH 50%. Stage 3 : Steam to core temp of 160 degrees damper closed. RH at 85 %. Stage 4: Shower to temp of 70.
    Any changes I can make to get a more tender casing?

  • Team Blue Dry Cured Sausage Admin Walton's Employee Canning

    pinkfreud What collagen casings are you using, fresh, smoked or clear? How are you smoking it, are you hanging it or are you putting it on a smoke screen? Where are you getting your collagen from, different manufacturers have different quality product!


  • I have tried a TF 34MM processed casing I got from Quality Casings. A 32MM HF and a 30MM TF, both clear processed, I got from Mar-Co Sales. Devro Is the brand I have now. I have been hanging them. the 30MM has been the best but still tougher than I want. Ideally I want a 32MM processed casing for my brats. Does Walton’s send out samples? I do have to order some other items.

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