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#3126613 - 01/16/13 12:33 PM Re: Deer Venison Snack Sticks... Kinda [Re: Poser]
Mike Belt
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I'm just the opposite. I've only used collagen but I will try the natural. I haven't had any problems with the collagen and they smoke just fine. Thus far I've only used pre-made mixes from Hi Mountain and Backwoods just to get a starting point. They taste pretty good. The Backwoods pepper snack sticks are really good.
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#3128000 - 01/17/13 08:53 AM Re: Deer Venison Snack Sticks... Kinda [Re: Mike Belt]
DntBrnDPig
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The natural casings were great. I only had one tear on me. I just snipped it off and started a new run.

I'll use collagen next since I have them already. But, I'd be interested in getting the sheep casing's in 20mm for more of a snack stick feel.
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#3128097 - 01/17/13 10:22 AM Re: Deer Venison Snack Sticks... Kinda [Re: DntBrnDPig]
Mike Belt
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I used 21mm casings for my snack sticks. They're actually too big and look more like link sausages. I think 19mm would work great. I went to your recipe sight and the recipe looked good but I noticed that some of the people's comments mentioned dry meat. I've posted this on here before but I'll throw it out there again. Dry milk and extra water.. Add 1 cup of dry milk per 10 pounds of meat when your mixing along with 10% extra water. You'll lose 10-15% moisture during a long low heat exposure. The extra 10% water will compensate for this and the dry milk will help bind the remaining moisture to the meat.
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#3129250 - 01/18/13 08:09 AM Re: Deer Venison Snack Sticks... Kinda [Re: Mike Belt]
DntBrnDPig
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I've never heard that before. Thanks for the tip.

My mix wasnt dry though, but I used like 40% pork butt 60% deer. It probably had more fat content than most peoples mix.

Plus, I was really paranoid about keeping water in the mix so I added every time I felt it was.. less sticky.. if that makes sense.
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#3129251 - 01/18/13 08:10 AM Re: Deer Venison Snack Sticks... Kinda [Re: DntBrnDPig]
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I agree though, 19mm would be great.
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#3130194 - 01/18/13 09:07 PM Re: Deer Venison Snack Sticks... Kinda [Re: DntBrnDPig]
Mike Belt
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We tried cutting up some of my hot links in red beans and rice tonight. It worked great.
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