Next to jerky, snack sticks are the family favorite. Here I will show how I make a 30 pound batch of snack sticks or hot sticks. I start with 80%lean venison and 20% pork trim. I ground the venison first as the fat has a tendency to clog up the grinder I mixed the two together by hand and then added the water and spices. I use LEM brand seasonings packets After mixing the seasonings with the meat I ground it again using a finer hole plate and then packed it away in the cooler overnight to cure. This morning Josh and I stuffed the casings with the cured meat. Each smoke stick holds around 15 or 16 links that are a total of 52 inches long each. (I should have smiled for this picture) ;D I preheated the smoker to 125F and hung the sticks at 11:00 am. I spread the sticks in the middle so I get good air flow. Adding that much cold meat to the smoke brings the temp down to about 115F which is a good starting temp. I will keep them at this temp for about 2 hours. After the 2 hour drying time, I add hickory chips to make a heavy smoke. After 5 ½ hours the temp is at 150F and I keep them there until the internal meat temp reaches 165F. I then take them from the smoker and let them cool at room temps. When cool, I put them in the fridg. After a night in the cooler, I cut them to size I saved a bunch for the family to eat and sealed the rest in about 1/2 pound packs or 12 sticks per pack. This is the point when the scavengers start to show up. It really does not look like much for all the hard work. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!