Venison meat sticks are a delicious and convenient snack that can be enjoyed on-the-go or as a savory appetizer. With their high protein content and rich flavor, they are a favorite among hunters and meat lovers alike. If you’re looking for an easy and tasty venison meat stick recipe, look no further! Here’s a recipe that will surely satisfy your cravings.
– 2 pounds of ground venison
– 1/2 pound of ground pork
– 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
– 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
– 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
– 1 tablespoon of onion powder
– 1 tablespoon of paprika
– 1 tablespoon of black pepper
– 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (adjust according to your preferred spiciness)
– 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke
– 1/4 cup of cold water
– 1/2 cup of high-quality beef collagen casings
1. In a large bowl, combine the ground venison and ground pork. Mix well until evenly combined.
2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the kosher salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
3. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the meat mixture and mix thoroughly to distribute the spices evenly.
4. Add the liquid smoke and cold water to the meat mixture. Using your hands or a mixer with a paddle attachment, mix the ingredients until well combined and the mixture becomes sticky.
5. Prepare the beef collagen casings according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Soak them in warm water to soften and make them pliable.
6. Load the meat mixture into a sausage stuffer or a jerky gun fitted with a sausage stuffer attachment.
7. Carefully stuff the meat mixture into the casings, making sure to avoid air pockets. Twist the casings every 4-6 inches to form individual meat sticks.
8. Once all the meat mixture is stuffed into the casings, use a sharp knife to cut the meat sticks into desired lengths.
9. Preheat your smoker or oven to 180°F (82°C).
10. Place the meat sticks on a wire rack or directly on the smoker grates, leaving a little space between them for proper air circulation.
11. Smoke or bake the meat sticks for 4-5 hours, or until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C). This will ensure that they are fully cooked and safe to eat.
12. Remove the meat sticks from the smoker or oven and let them cool completely before serving or storing.
These homemade venison meat sticks are perfect for snacking on during outdoor activities, road trips, or simply enjoying as a tasty appetizer. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to three months.
Now, let’s address some common questions about this recipe:
Q1: Can I use only venison instead of a mix of venison and pork?
A1: While a mix of venison and pork adds flavor and moisture to the meat sticks, you can use only venison if desired. Just keep in mind that the texture and taste may slightly differ.
Q2: Can I use other spices or seasonings?
A2: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different spices and seasonings to personalize the flavor of your meat sticks. However, make sure to maintain the right balance to avoid overpowering the taste of the venison.
Q3: Can I use natural casings instead of beef collagen casings?
A3: Yes, natural casings can be used instead. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions for preparation and stuffing.
Q4: Can I grill the meat sticks instead of smoking or baking them?
A4: Yes, you can grill the meat sticks over indirect heat at a low temperature until fully cooked. Keep an eye on them to prevent overcooking or burning.
Q5: Can I substitute liquid smoke with smoked paprika?
A5: Liquid smoke adds a distinct smoky flavor to the meat sticks. While smoked paprika can enhance the taste, it won’t provide the same depth of flavor as liquid smoke. However, you can try using both for a stronger smoky profile.
Q6: Can I use this recipe with other game meats?
A6: Yes, this recipe can be adapted for other game meats such as elk, moose, or wild boar. Adjust the cooking time and temperature as needed.
Q7: Can I make the meat sticks without a sausage stuffer?
A7: Yes, you can form the meat mixture into meatballs or patties if you don’t have a sausage stuffer. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Enjoy making these venison meat sticks at home and savor the delicious flavors of this easy and satisfying snack!