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Venison Honey Bologna

10 pounds venison
2-3 pounds back fat
5 ounces salt
2 teaspoons Prague Powder #2
4 ounces corn syrup solids
1/2 cup honey
6 ounces Fermento
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder

When you do this with beef, you grind the meat through a 1/2 inch
plate, mix it with the salt, then let it sit 5 to 6 days, draining off
the liquid. Then you add 3/4 ounce of salt. However, as I discovered
with the venison, being a firmer and leaner meat, there won't be any
liquid to draw off - so you might want to back off a bit on those 5
ounces of salt and definitely add no more when it comes to mixing. I
left the venison in the fridge just 4 days, keeping it in one of those
large white kitchen trash bags to keep it from air-drying. I
overhauled it once during this time.

The problem with corn syrup solids is that they want to stick together
and that can be a problem in the finished sausage - you are likely to
get lumps. I keep them vacuum sealed to avoid these hard clumps from
forming in storage. This tendency would not normally be a problem, but
this recipe calls for no water - so you can't dissolve the spices in
the blender with liquid. What I did was mix it with the dryer
Fermento, then mix it all into the venison (after I'd run the venison
through a 3/8" plate). There was still a sticky mess in the bottom of
the bowl that just wouldn't dissolve, but the next step took care of
that.

In order to insure proper distribution of the cure, I ignored the
recipe and dissolved the Prague Powder #2 in a cup of cold water and
mixed that in. This additional moisture - okay in my mind because of
the dryness of the meat - got the remaining gook off the bottom of the
mixing bowl. I figured this would be a good time to mix in the honey,
so I drizzled that over the meat and mixed it in.

Next, I mixed in the back fat, which was previously ground through an
1/8" plate. I worked this in a little at a time, until the consistency
seemed right, mixed in all the spices, a

Kutas specifies fermenting thusly:

16 hours at 90: F, 90% humidity
28 hours at 105: F, 85% humidity
6 hours at 110: F, 85% humidity

Now I can hold those temperatures fairly well, within 3 or so degrees,
but the humidity is just gonna be very high since I have no way of
regulating that. The dutch oven and wet towel insure that.

I weighed out the meat and it was exactly 208 ounces - or 13 pounds. I
decided to make 5 sausages, so I got out five 3 1/2 x 24 inch casings
and set them a-soaking in vinegar (that helps prevent sticking). I
weighed out five ~41 ounce balls of sausage mixture and prepared to
stuff.

The idea here was to make them as even as possible and that 5 pound
stuffer I just bought is just the ticket for that - very little meat
is left in it when its plunger hit the bottom and, wow, does that
hydraulic plus gear ratio thing ever pack a sausage tight! One by one,
I put the 41 ounce balls in there, sealing the ends with a half inch
hog ring. Well, all but the first one. See there's still a little bit,
maybe a couple of ounces or so, of meat left in there. After I had
sealed the last sausage, I took the "residue" from the bottom of the
stuffer and put it in the first sausage with a spoon. Then I sealed
it. The result was 5 sausages, all the same size. Prick 'em liberally
and paint them once more with vinegar, for good measure.

I'm sticking with the times Kutas suggested, and that's a really long
time! The fermenting started Tuesday at 3:30pm, first temprature bump
yesterday at 7:30am, and the last one will be this morning at 11:30am.
Then, the smoking/cooking will start about 5:30pm this afternoon.

Kutas suggests heavy smoking for a day or two, without heat, then
raising the temperature to 150: F until the sausage temperature
reaches 137:. That's for beef, I might take it a little higher for the
venison, though this stuff has been frozen long enough to kill any
trichina. If you're in doubt, get the internal temperature up to 152:.

I'm going to get the smokehouse temperature at 130F after 5:30, vents
wide open, goodbye towel and dutch oven, let's let this stuff dry out
a bit. You cannot smoke wet sausage. After a couple of hours, I'll
smoke it overnight then cook it tomorrow. Then it has to age about a
week in the fridge before it is ready to eat!

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