Learning how to make deer snacks sticks is simple. Deer snack sticks are tasty meat snacks which are made from venison. When hiking camping or scouting, the deer snack sticks are a good alternative to any other snack.
Homemade deer snack sticks taste better than any other snack bought from a store. Making this snack is easy and much healthier than other snacks. At this time of the year, we get to empty the previous season venison from the fridge and use them to make snack sticks. These snacks are made with ingredients and varieties of flavor which are in our kitchen and is less expensive.
l Step 1: First thing you should do is gather all the Ingredients and Gear you would need. Below is a list of Ingredients and gears which are needed
- 1 4lb beef roast
- Collagen Casing
- 1 1lb pork roast
- ½ lb. of water for snack sticks smaller than 25 lbs.
- 1 Curing Salt
- Meat Grinder
- Jerky Gun (with small tube) or plus Sausage Stuffer Tubes
- Sharp Knife
- Oven/ Dehydrator
- Plastic tub
- Mixing bowls
l Step 2: cut the Venison(Meat) into cubes and grind the meat using a grinding plate. If you want to blend with another type of ground meat, combine the meats together using your hands, knead and squish the meats with your hand or fingers. Using the hands is a more effective way of getting a good mix, you could also wear plastic gloves.
l Step 3: add curing salt and seasoning. Using your hand, mix with the meat for at least 5 minutes. Add clean water (10 lbs. of meat = 1 lb. of water) stir and mix thoroughly. For a more flavored meat, put the mixture in a plastic tub and place in a fridge for 12 – 24 hours.
l Step 4: remove meat from tub inside the fridge. using a small plate, grind the meat mixture. This will make the meat have proper consistency and better texture. If you want to add any flavor, add it now and mix with hand for 3 minutes.
l Step 5: The next step is to stuff the Jerky Gun with the mixture. Fill the gun with the mixture and Place the casing over the nozzle of the Jerky gun and tie the end. To provide resistance hold the casing and ask your, partner, to click the gun. This makes the meat flow into the casing. If the casing has reached your desired length, twist the casing first and then tie the end. Continue this process till all the meat has been stuffed into the casing.
l Step 6: the snacks can be cooked using an Oven or dehydrator. For a dehydrator, load the snacks sticks onto the dehydrator trays and set the temperature to 155 degrees Fahrenheit. According to our hiking camping guide, we can also cook this snacks using an outdoor camping grill. When they are cooked, allow drying for 8-10 hours to become the texture of a snack stick instead of sausage. Test to ensure you like them, when satisfied with texture and flavor, store in zipped plastic bags in the fridge.
Learning how to make deer snack sticks is as simple as the steps outlined above. If you carefully follow the steps, you will have your snack sticks turn out great even if it is your first time.
Cook your meat safely and ensure that you clean up after preparing this meat. When next you go hiking, be sure to prepare this snack stick to take along with you. It is the best tasting meat snacks.
About the Author:
I’m Janet E Johnson, travel writer by profession and lover of world cultures, food, oceans, languages, souls, wild spaces and urban places by nature. Her website is Hiking Camping Guide