Smoked Spicy Beef Sticks
For a 5 Pound Recipe:
5 pounds of lean burger (85/15) or venison. If using venison, add 10-15% beef or pork fat.
1 tsp Instacure #1 (aka Pink salt; Prague Powder #1; Modern Cure #1; T.C.M.)
1-1/2 tsp Black pepper
1-1/2 tsp Red chili pepper (I used chipotle)
1-1/2 tsp Garlic salt
2 tsp. Accent (optional)
1 tsp Cayenne pepper (add more for additional heat)
1/2 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Crushed red pepper (I ran thru spice mill just a little to break up seeds)
1/2 Cup cold water
3 Tbsp Salt
2 tsp Sugar
2 tsp Hot sauce (I used Franks Extra Hot)
1 Tbsp encapsulated citric acid (optional)
Sheep or collagen casings 17 – 19mm
In a small bowl, mix hot sauce, sugar, water and salt together. Stir until sugar and water are completely dissolved.
In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the dry ingredients except the encapsulated citric acid. Stir until well blended.
Combine wet and dry ingredients with meat and mix well.
Just before stuffing, mix in encapsulated citric acid, and stuff mixture into prepared casings. Arrange sausage on racks, and place into the Bradley Smoker.
Apply smoke for 1 1/2 – 2 hours at a cabinet temperature of 150°F-160°F. Then, bump the cabinet temperature up to 175°F until the internal temperature measures 152°F. At this temperature, you will have a fresh snake stick style. Or you can continue until you reach your desired dryness, or dehydrate further for Slim Jim like dryness.