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Title: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: pensrock on September 23, 2009, 09:37:06 AM
Today I'm making five pounds of spicy snack sticks. I had some at work and the guy gave me the recipe. I did make a few changes, I did not feel he had enough cure in it and I played with the spice mixture a little. I'll wait to see how they taste before posting the recipe, cause I may still need to do a little tweeking. They were really good when he made them so I'm expecting good things from these.
Five pounds 85/15 ground beef, 19mm casings. 1 hr-40 min of hickory at 150 F, then 160 F till IT is 152 F. Then I think I'll put some in the dehydrator to see how they come out, I expect spicy jerky sticks.  :)

As always, click the pictures for a larger view:

Stuffed ready for the smoker
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh46/pensrock/snak%20sticks/th_snak_sticks001.jpg) (http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh46/pensrock/snak%20sticks/snak_sticks001.jpg)

Into the smoker, three racks
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh46/pensrock/snak%20sticks/th_snak_sticks003.jpg) (http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh46/pensrock/snak%20sticks/snak_sticks003.jpg)

More to come later.
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: pensrock on September 23, 2009, 10:54:18 AM
Should have called this 'rainy day spicy snak sticks' LOL
When I put them in the smoker it was dry out, but now its pouring. Glad my smoker is on a covered deck.  :)
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: NePaSmoKer on September 23, 2009, 11:53:05 AM
Looks good Greg

Might the rain be heading my way.

nepas
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: ArnieM on September 23, 2009, 11:59:43 AM
That looks good pens.  My daughter got me grinder and stuffer attachments for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer a few years ago.  I've ground some beef for burgers but never made sausage.  I'm going to have to try it now that I have the OBS.  Maybe some kielbasa for a first attempt.
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: Caribou on September 23, 2009, 12:06:23 PM
Looks great Pens!
You're smokin' rainy day sticks and I'm smokin sunny day jerky.
Supposed to be in the high 80's here today but we did have our first frost Monday morning.
Carolyn
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: pensrock on September 23, 2009, 12:16:26 PM
Looks good Greg

Might the rain be heading my way.

nepas

It seems to be heading NE and since I'm a little north of you, you may miss it.

Carolyn, we were to have our first frost the other day, I heard some people got hit but it was still ok at my home.
Arnie, My dad has a grinder attachment for the KA and it works great. A little slower than a big dedicated grinder but for small batches it works great. We have never tried it to stuff because I have two stuffers that work really well.
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: pensrock on September 23, 2009, 12:29:09 PM
Smoking done, bumped temp up to 160, came back later and check IT. IT is now around 120 F. Need 152, but they are looking great.

(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh46/pensrock/snak%20sticks/th_snak_sticks004.jpg) (http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh46/pensrock/snak%20sticks/snak_sticks004.jpg)
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: pensrock on September 23, 2009, 07:22:21 PM
IT up to 155, to late to mess with them tonight. I'll check them out when I get back from the Dr's tomorrow morning.

Look and smell great!

IT about 140.
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh46/pensrock/snak%20sticks/th_snak_sticks005.jpg) (http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh46/pensrock/snak%20sticks/snak_sticks005.jpg)

Finished with the IT at 155.
(http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh46/pensrock/snak%20sticks/th_snak_sticks006.jpg) (http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh46/pensrock/snak%20sticks/snak_sticks006.jpg)
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: Caribou on September 23, 2009, 07:47:54 PM
The finished product looks great Pens!
Too bad the scratch and sniff isn't working on my computer today  :D
Carolyn
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: Tenpoint5 on September 23, 2009, 08:20:08 PM
Looks like you used the wrong size casing Pens!! You better send them out here for proper disposal. I can send back proper certification of disposal if you need it!





Look great!!



Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: RossP on September 23, 2009, 10:16:12 PM
Darn that looks so good I might have to start eating beef again no matter what the consequence. I sure do miss snack sticks :'(
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: classicrockgriller on September 23, 2009, 10:54:33 PM
Looks great pens.....you rock!
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: FLBentRider on September 24, 2009, 03:23:51 AM
Those look great!
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: deb415611 on September 24, 2009, 03:53:47 AM
Darn that looks so good I might have to start eating beef again no matter what the consequence. I sure do miss snack sticks :'(

Pens look great!

RossP -- I have made them with ground turkey and they were good too!
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: Hopefull Romantic on September 24, 2009, 05:51:52 AM
A job well done love their color and I am sure the taste is to match.

HR
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: pensrock on September 24, 2009, 07:47:53 AM
Thanks everyone. Next step is the taste test. Any volunteers?  ;D

10.5, I had them packed up but the post office said they do not deliver to that area code, so I guess I'm stuck with them.  ::) :)
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: Tenpoint5 on September 24, 2009, 08:05:23 AM

10.5, I had them packed up but the post office said they do not deliver to that area code, so I guess I'm stuck with them.  ::) :)

That's because you went to the phone company!! The post office delivers to ZIP CODES. Better try sending it again since you have them packed up. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: NePaSmoKer on September 24, 2009, 08:16:25 AM
Drive em down here and we can do sticks, cheese n crackers  ;D

Looks great Greg

nepas
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: pensrock on September 24, 2009, 08:42:26 AM
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That's because you went to the phone company!! The post office delivers to ZIP CODES. Better try sending it again since you have them packed up.

Oh, you mean they do not deliver? I guess there just is no way to get them to you then. LOL, I did mean zip code, boy do I feel dumb, better have another snack stick to calm myself down.  :)

Rick, I put half of them into the dehydrator to see if they end up more like a slim jim. We'll see how they turn out.
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Drive em down here and we can do sticks, cheese n crackers
That sounds like a good idea, but I forgot how to get there.  ;) :)
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: pensrock on October 08, 2009, 09:13:29 AM
Ok, so here is the top secret recipe  :) after a little tweeking, also a good friend made a batch and really liked them as well. Everyone who I had try them really liked them and no one said they were too spicy, so try the recipe as is and next time add more cayenne to add additional heat if you prefer.

Greg's Spicy Beef Sticks
10 pound recipe (5# recipe below)
10 pound burger or venison (85/15)
(Venison can also be used, just add 10-15% beef or pork fat to the venison.)
2 tsp. Pink Instacure
6 Tbls. Salt
1 Tbls. Black pepper
1 Tbls. Red pepper (I used chipotle)
1 Tbls. Garlic salt
1 Tbls. Accent (optional)
1-1/2 Tbls. Sugar
2 tsp. Cayenne pepper (add more for additional heat)
1 tsp. Paprika
1-1/2 Tbls. Crushed red pepper (I ran thru spice mill just a little to break up seeds)
1 Tbls. Hot sauce (I used Franks Xhot)
1 Cup water (mix hot sauce into water with sugar and salt)
2 Tbls. Encapsulated citric acid (optional)

Mix hot sauce, sugar, water and salt together.
Mix other dry ingredients well except ECA.
Put wet and dry ingredients on meat and mix well.
Just before stuffing mix in ECA.
Stuff into sheep casings or small stick size casings (17-19mm).
Smoke 1-1/2-2 hours at 150-160 F. Then bump temp up to 175 till IT measures 152 F. Continue until desired dryness or dehydrate further for slim jim like dryness. Can stop at 152 IT for fresh snack stick style.

5 pound recipe
5 pounds of burger or venison (85/15)
(Venison can also be used, just add 10-15% beef or pork fat to the venison.)
1 tsp. Pink Instacure
3  Tbls. Salt
1-1/2 tsp. Black pepper
1-1/2 tsp. Red Pepper (I used chipotle)
1-1/2 tsp. Garlic salt
2 tsp.. Accent (optional)
2 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Cayenne pepper (add more for additional heat)
½ tsp. Paprika
2  tsp. Crushed red pepper (I ran thru spice mill just a little to break up seeds)
2 tsp. Hot sauce (I used Franks Xhot)
½ Cup Water (mix hot sauce into water with sugar and salt)
1 Tbls. Encapsulated citric acid (optional)

Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: NePaSmoKer on October 08, 2009, 10:18:33 AM
Now dont give away my other secret tweak  ;D


nepas
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: pensrock on October 08, 2009, 11:39:02 AM
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Now dont give away my other secret tweak

My lips are sealed, well except for when snacking on sticks.  ;D
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: Jimbo on October 08, 2009, 04:53:30 PM
How does the heat level compare to say a Slim Jim?
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: Caribou on October 08, 2009, 05:53:51 PM
Oh!  Now it all makes sense:  Spicy=Peppers=Pens
This almost like CSI  :D :D :D
So there!
Carolyn
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: pensrock on October 08, 2009, 07:35:40 PM
Jimbo, slightly spicier than slim jims, not hot at all really. Not one person I had try these thought they were too spicy. Next time I'll be kicking them up a notch or two myself.

Carolyn, your figuring me out....  ;D
So there!  ;)
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: Jimbo on October 08, 2009, 08:44:44 PM
Thanks Pens.  I'll try the recipe as is as soon as I get some ECA.
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: Habanero Smoker on October 13, 2009, 01:44:36 PM
This recipe is now posted on the recipe site.

Greg's Spicy Beef Sticks (http://www.susanminor.org/forums/showthread.php?t=648)
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: smokeitall on October 13, 2009, 04:56:43 PM
Thanks for the recipe Greg, I think I will make one batch with beef (for the non venison eaters, who don't know what there missing) and then make one with venison.  The ingredients look great.
SIA
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: LynnDeer on December 04, 2019, 12:19:30 PM
Is the Pink Instacure #1? Thanks.

5 pound recipe
5 pounds of burger or venison (85/15)
(Venison can also be used, just add 10-15% beef or pork fat to the venison.)
1 tsp. Pink Instacure
3  Tbls. Salt
1-1/2 tsp. Black pepper
1-1/2 tsp. Red Pepper (I used chipotle)
1-1/2 tsp. Garlic salt
2 tsp.. Accent (optional)
2 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Cayenne pepper (add more for additional heat)
½ tsp. Paprika
2  tsp. Crushed red pepper (I ran thru spice mill just a little to break up seeds)
2 tsp. Hot sauce (I used Franks Xhot)
½ Cup Water (mix hot sauce into water with sugar and salt)
1 Tbls. Encapsulated citric acid (optional)
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Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: Habanero Smoker on December 04, 2019, 01:14:47 PM
Hi LynnDeer;

Welcome to the forum.

Yes. This recipe calls for Instacure #1.
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: LynnDeer on February 02, 2020, 04:30:51 PM
Hi LynnDeer;

Welcome to the forum.

Yes. This recipe calls for Instacure #1.
Thanks for the response. I'm ready to try these.
Title: Re: Spicy snack sticks
Post by: Highcountry on September 04, 2020, 12:01:45 PM
Sounds good! Over the years, I've made many batches of Snack Sticks(antelope). After the first few batches, I quit using casings by just making sure that the water content is right.