Good evening ladies and gentlemen!
Just want to share my venison recipe along with some help from good old Mr. Bacon and Hi Mountain Spice Kit
MEAT AND SPICE PREP
8 lbs of venison
2 pounds of Kunzler Original Bacon (Salt, Sugar, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite)
mix both through a meat grinder
4 jalapeño peppers (without seeds) chopped finely
16 oz of your favorite shredded cheese (you can use any cheese instead of high temp as long as you do not set your smoker to go over 190 degrees in my testing.. and also, high temp cheese is expensive
Mix all of this very very well
(in separate bowl)
2 1/2 cups water
2.5 teaspoons of hi mountain seasoning per POUND = 20.5 teaspoons
2 teaspoons of hi mountain cure per POUND = 20 teaspoons
Pour dissolved liquid mixture over top of the meat and mix.
Stuff in collagen casing
Place in fridgerator from 4 hours to 24 hours (theres more than enough cure in this to allow for immediate smoking)
allow sticks to reach room temperature
set bradley digital to 130 degrees and allow sticks to dry for 2 hours in cabinet (without water bowl)
bump the temp to 145 to 150 and begin smoking with cherry for 2 hours (with water bowl)
bump the temp to 160 and cook for another 2 hours
bump the temp to 170 to 180 and at that time insert your thermometer probe into the top 1/3 of a snack stick (not too high and not too low)
continue cooking until you get a reading of 155. at that point pull then and let them sit in room temperature for 1-2 hours (it will continue cooking to 160 and im not a huge fan of dunking them in the ice bath)
i vacuum pack mine and put them in the refrigerator to enjoy whenever. I can tell you that they stay good for 4 months in the frig.. but i'm not sure if they last longer because they get eaten in our home
hope you give that a try sometime on your next (or first) smoking.. i've tinkered around a bit with the time/smoke/flavor packet/ and i think i got it pretty good with the bacon.. it has plenty of fat using kunzler brand
another 10# in the smoker as we speak!
thanks for taking a peek at it!
BTW.. 10# barely fits on all 4 bradley racks :-D\