I want to try and make an attempt at a batch of snack sticks this fall. Anyone have any suggestions on seasonings for my first attempt? I do like the bbq sticks that I can buy locally at a couple meat shops. I plan to try the encapsulation citric acid also. I understand I will need a binder does anyone have a suggestion on what they like? I am under the impression that I want the vent of the smoker open during the start of the process but then close it. Also to have a pan of water in the smoker?
I have a grinder , obviously I think it will be easier to stuff with a sausage stuffer. I know I will need the casings , seasoning, ECA , binder and believe a cure should come with the seasoning. Are there any other items that anyone thinks I might need ? Also if I lay them on the racks vs hanging them should I rotate them during the smoke for an even cook?
I understand that the ECA should be added after it’s pretty much mixed and then stuffed and smoked. I would like to get the items ordered that I need so that I have them on hand. Any suggestions or tips are appreciated. Thanks