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No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« on: December 05, 2023, 09:50:28 AM »
I've been experimenting with my summer sausage and pepperoni recipes.  I've done some with pork before.  I did all this years with no pork, and it has been as good if not better.  So my question to you is...why do you add pork?  I don't think I ever will again.  Most recent batch of jalapeņo & cheddar deer summer sausage.

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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2023, 09:55:06 AM »
Mind posting your recipe?

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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2023, 10:04:14 AM »
Mind posting your recipe?
I just buy the ready to go seasoning kits at Bob's.   I do 15lbs at a time to make things easier.  Then you just use one of the packets of seasoning and one packet of cure instead of measuring (which isn't that big of a deal), and I add high temp cheese (1lb per 10lb of meat) so I use 1.5 one lb packages per batch.  Start on the smoker at 120 degrees with no smoke for 1 hr, then 140 degrees with smoke for an hr, then 160 degrees with smoke for half hr, followed by 180 degrees until internal temp reaches 156 degrees.  I will stair step up from 180 5 or 10 degrees up to 205 to help speed up reaching final temp.  Making your own is actually really easy.

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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2023, 10:09:25 AM »
That looks amazingly good!! :drool:
I felt like a one legged cat trying to bury a terd on a frozen pond!

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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2023, 10:12:12 AM »
Are you using the fat off the deer?  Deer fat can have obnoxious flavor, is why I will tyrim off all deer fat and add a bit of pork or pork fat to my sausage recipes.

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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2023, 10:13:32 AM »
Are you using the fat off the deer?  Deer fat can have obnoxious flavor, is why I will tyrim off all deer fat and add a bit of pork or pork fat to my sausage recipes.

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No, I am meticulous about removing fat and silver skin from my critters.  Just makes for a better end product.

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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2023, 10:25:27 AM »
Looks really good-Yummy!

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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2023, 10:37:58 AM »
Are you using the fat off the deer?  Deer fat can have obnoxious flavor, is why I will tyrim off all deer fat and add a bit of pork or pork fat to my sausage recipes.

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No, I am meticulous about removing fat and silver skin from my critters.  Just makes for a better end product.

Excellent.  The final product looks fantastic.  I'm going to have to experiment with that on my next summer sausage we make.  How is the texture?  It isn't too "solid" is it?  Tough isn't the right word here, but I think it would have a bit more "chew" to it with zero fat in it.

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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2023, 10:40:03 AM »
Are you using the fat off the deer?  Deer fat can have obnoxious flavor, is why I will tyrim off all deer fat and add a bit of pork or pork fat to my sausage recipes.

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No, I am meticulous about removing fat and silver skin from my critters.  Just makes for a better end product.

Excellent.  The final product looks fantastic.  I'm going to have to experiment with that on my next summer sausage we make.  How is the texture?  It isn't too "solid" is it?  Tough isn't the right word here, but I think it would have a bit more "chew" to it with zero fat in it.

Gary
Seems very close to the same as with pork.  The cheese probably helps.

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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2023, 10:40:30 AM »
That looks fantastic!

I've done it both lean and fatty and I now have settled on adding fat because in my sausage making I've found it binds everything better and gives it better flavor and texture :twocents:
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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2023, 10:41:11 AM »
Are you using the fat off the deer?  Deer fat can have obnoxious flavor, is why I will tyrim off all deer fat and add a bit of pork or pork fat to my sausage recipes.

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No, I am meticulous about removing fat and silver skin from my critters.  Just makes for a better end product.

Excellent.  The final product looks fantastic.  I'm going to have to experiment with that on my next summer sausage we make.  How is the texture?  It isn't too "solid" is it?  Tough isn't the right word here, but I think it would have a bit more "chew" to it with zero fat in it.

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Seems very close to the same as with pork.  The cheese probably helps.
cheese is the answer to almost everything minus ice cream  :chuckle:
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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2023, 10:51:01 AM »
Trade pig fat for cow fat, cheese, looks great!!  Thanks

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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2023, 10:52:41 AM »
Trade pig fat for cow fat, cheese, looks great!!  Thanks
I made the switch to beef fat a few years ago and I'll never go back. So good!
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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2023, 10:56:37 AM »
Pork adds fat, flavor and moisture. Is it necessary? No. But it's yummy

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Re: No pork needed here! Why do you add pork?
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2023, 10:58:07 AM »
I don't add any pork.
Of course trim off as much fat as possible.
A few years ago ,I did some bear summer sausage.
Didn't add anything,turned out great,bear meat kinda greasy anyway.
So I started doing it with deer also,turned out great also.

I haven't done the cheese,but have used green olives,or jalapeno.
In my summer sausage with success.
But ya I don't add any pork or beef anymore.
Plus it's an all wild game product,tastes just as good without.
Less greasy, Honestly I believe It would last longer unrefrigerated without the extra fat.

Looks like you found out the truth,it's pretty good without it.
I found that out,I'll never go back to adding pork or beef.
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