Deer season (for me) starts next weekend. I used the last of my venison burger in some snack sticks.
For burger I grind 3 parts venison with 1 part pork fat.
For the sticks I combined a mixture of
1 tsp. mustard seed
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. onion flakes
2 TBs. Tender Quick
Added to one cup of water to make a slurry..
then add 3 lbs of ground venison.
Also added a small amount of ground beef (cause I like the blend)...
let the mixture chill overnight...
Stuffed the casings...
I had odds and ends pieces left over, so I used them all.
Into the BPS drum. I had not smoked these in the drum before and did not know if I could keep the heat low enough. I placed a diffuser over the hot coals and closed the air intakes down to 1/2 of a hole open on each side. Was able to keep the drum at 150F then slowly raise to 200F until the internal temp of the sticks reached 165F. The drum worked great. :)
I turned and rotated the snack sticks every so often for even cooking.
Let the sticks rest for 30 minutes. ( gave them a taste test first :))
Cut and wrapped the venison sticks for quick snacks later...
The venison snack sticks served with cheese, drizzled with olive oil, red pepper flakes and a pepper blend.
I was really happy with the way they turned out. It's nice to know the drum can handle these with no problem.
I have some of the sticks hidden in my freezer to take hunting with me. I'm a happy girl. :)
Good luck to all the hunters out there!