New Casings: Just used the 22-24mm casings for a batch of pepperoni and they worked great. Rinsed and soaked as per instructions and stuffed great. 36 lbs of product and about 140 feet later all done. Thanks for a great product.
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Looks like a fairly good sized smoker. What kind of smoker are you using?
My smoker is an old Henny Penny warming cabinet. They were made mostly for KFC. to keep the chicken warn untill served. It has a heating element in the top and a fan that draws the air from around the sides and back over the element sort of like a convection oven. The smoke generator is on the back and uses pellets and an aquarium air pump to push the smoke inside. I like the fan because it helps to initial drying process so the smoke adheres better.I have racks that slide in so I can do fish and jerky also.1_1471924822252_SDC11287.JPG
@austin Here is the smoke generator.
I always find it interesting to see what guys can dream up and build for a homemade smoker!!
@KSHusker First, yes they should be safe to eat. You cooked them to 160° which will kill anything harmful. Now, obviously use common sense and your senses, if it smells bad don’t eat it!
The first thing to know is if you used sure cure (or another version) or not? From the sounds of it, you did but I just want to make sure we are looking at all possibilities. Were the butts untrimmed? If they had a nice fat cap on them then you should have been okay, I still like to use a little more fat than that but you should have been in the realm. How did you mix it, was it by hand? If you mixed for 30 minutes in a meat mixer that is a long time to be mixing it (I don’t think this was your issue, just pointing it out). Starting at 200 is a little high but it also sounds like it came down to 180° pretty quickly but this would be my thought on why the casing stuck, cooking too high can cause this.
For the color, the only thing I can think of (if you used a cure) is that it looks pinker around the edges because you got a nice smoke ring around it? How deep does the nice pink color go and what type of casing did you use? With wild game, I always use some sort of cure accelerator, either Encapsulated Citric Acid, Smoked Meat Stabilizer or something, it helps burn the color more and then you can skip holding it overnight and go right from stuffing to the smokehouse.
Anyone else have thoughts?