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Can you say Pepperoni Sticks?

My family just got back from Wyoming hunting antelope and have a few antelope to into yummy sausages, hamburger, and our favorite pepperoni sticks.  We've always taken our meat to a local processor to have the pepperoni sticks made, but I thought maybe we could try to make them ourselves.

Help me out here.  I need a recipe for pepperoni sticks that really rocks, isn't too difficult and doesn't require a bunch of fancy equipment.  We have a nice grill, a great oven, a big meat grinder/sausage press, but no smoker.  We do have a stove top smoker (Cameron's Stove Top Smoker is the brand, nice little dodad, but not a real smoker) but nothing for a larger volume of meat to be smoked in.  Anyway, if you have a great recipe to share, I'd sure appreciate it.  Thanks!

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LEM makes a real good snack

LEM makes a real good snack stick mix.  It is called Hot Stick.  I think they may have other flavors.  We use this all the time and it is very good and you get everything you need in one pack.  I think one pack does 5 pounds.  We make all out own jerky, snack sticks and summer sausage.  Bout the only thing out the ordinary stuff you would nned is a way to stuff the casings?  We use a sausage stuufer or you can use a grinder with the proper attachement.  We buy ours at bass Pro, but I am sure Cabelas or maybe Sportsmans Warehouse would carry some.  have fun...makes the house smell awesome...you are making me hungry just thinking abnout it. 

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Man, that's one thing I

Man, that's one thing I hadn't thought about.  Pepperoni sticks!!!  Someone mentioned trail bologna the other day, and that sounds good also.  I need to think up some variety to my game meat.  I am pretty boring, although I love it, and just do either jerky, or fry it up in a pan with butter and onions. 

If I am fortunate enough to get an elk, or a deer in the next year or so, I will have to try a few of these different ideas you guys are throwing out on here.  I will be pig huntin the second weekend in December, so I am already dreaming of sweet and spicy italian, or apple sausage. Plus all other sorts of stuff.

Darn you, I'm on a diet and you have me talking about all this stuff.....  angry

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First of all congratulations

First of all congratulations on your hunt. Sorry cannot help you on the pepperoni sticks but I know antelope is great for jerky, summer sausgae and we get a jalapano/cheese sausgae made. Do not have the time or equipment to do it myself so I have it done at a meat processor place north of Brighton. If interseted let me know and I can get you the number. I think it is $2.50 a pound to make the sausage.  

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Sure, I'll give them a try

We've used Arapahoe Meats in Lafayette for the last several years.  They do OK on the sausage, they're German sausage is very good.  The brats, just OK.  But they're pepperoni sticks are out of this world.  They charge between $2.25 and $2.50 for sausages, but the pepperoni sticks are $4.25 per lb.  I doubt we'll make sticks as good as theirs...the first time we try it.  But after a few tries I'd like to think we could dial it in.  

My kids will each a pound of sticks as soon as the package is opened.  They don't last very long.  We had 20 lbs made last year and I think that was good for about 3-4 months.  

Anyway, thanks for the suggestion.  If you give me your processors number, I'd probably give them a try for some brats and sausage too.  

 

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I will write my wife and get

I will write my wife and get the info. Might be a day or so before she gets it to me.

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Here is the info on the

Here is the info on the processer I use for the sausage if interested. Good quality, price fair and clean.

Name: Valley Packing & Catering
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705 1st Avenue
City:La Salle, co 80645-3224
Phone: (970) 284-5589

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I will second Valley packing

I will second Valley packing in lasalle if you wanna have someone make stuff for you.  We take in alot of goose there every year, we also have them process a pig for us every six mopnths or so.  the do a great job and there prices are are too bad at all.  We just prefer to try and do as much as we can ourselves.  My wife really likes making jery, summer sauasge and some snack sticks, she gives to all the neighbors and we each take alot to work, so making it ourselves we sagve alot of money in the long run....and the snacks do not stick around long once a package is opened.

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Thanks a bunch

Thanks for the contact info for Valley.  I will call them.  

We usually process all of our game ourselves too.  We'll try making some sausage and pepperoni sticks too, but most of that will be left to a meat processor.  Finding a good one that makes great sausages is always welcomed.

Thanks again SGM and Goosehunter.

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Meathunter, not a problem

Meathunter, not a problem glad to help. We have used them for years even when I lived in Bailey and now in Canon. I do all my own butchering and we make our own jerky but just have not got into making the sausage. Maybe something to do once I retire, enjoy. 

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Can you say Pepperoni Sticks?

I got these books a couple of years ago and I've been having a blast learning how to make a lot of different sausages and cured meats. Well-written and very informative.

http://www.amazon.com/Great-Sausage-Recipes-Meat-Curing/dp/0025668609/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330365535&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Charcuterie-Craft-Salting-Smoking-Curing/dp/0393058298/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330293903&sr=8-1         

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