Up at 6am, cup of coffee, check out what you guys and gals are doing on the forum, setup the meat processing equipment, start grinding at 8am … 2 hours of grinding, 7 hours of hickory smoking, 2 hours of cleanup … hardly time for lunch.
– 6 lbs of Sweet Italian Sausage
– 5 lbs of Elk Pastrami (4 days brining)
– 1/2 rack of Elk Ribs
– 30 lbs of Elk Summer Sausage.
Took 2½ lbs of Summer Sausage to my neighbor, he swapped me for 1 lb of smoked salmon. Life is Good
- This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by bow4life.
Joined: 7/12/2004Looks great!!! I want to come over.If you get here, I got enough sausage and beverage “with foam on top” for us. Maybe even some of that smoked salmon on crackers with cream cheese and jalepeno jelly.
Joined: 8/21/2008How does elk compare in taste to deer? Elk is one of my dream hunts I hope to experience one day.Now that looks sooo good!!!! nice touch with the jalapeno.
Joined: 11/19/2008Awesome! Making special treats from critters you kill is truly manly. There is always a fair amount of work involved, but the reward always justifies it. We enjoy doing that around here too. You are living well Brian.
By the way, a report on your long range fishing trip will be enjoyed by all I am sure. Good luck!
Joined: 3/24/2005That first bite makes all the preparation worth it.
Location: Call me...867-5309Looks good… What do you use to stuff your casings?The end is near....I think Elk tastes much better and nothing like Whitetail. I’ve never had a ‘bad’ Elk, but I’ve had a few ‘bad’ deer that taste like liver or tougher than shoe leather, especially Mule Deer. It can’t be too bad because that is just about all the red meat my wife has eaten in the last 10 years and loves it all, from steaks to burgers to stews.
To me, Elk is closer in taste to either Bison (Buffalo) or Moose since they graze similarly, mostly grasses, low ground cover, and some favorite bushes like willow. The meat has a finer texture than beef, Bison, or Moose, more like Caribou. The ‘ranch-raised’ Elk served in restaurants is nothing like the wild elk because of the Growth Hormone and Anti-biotic used in the feed … sort of the difference between feed-lot beef and range-fed beef.
I use a Cabelas HD 5 lb sausage stuffer. I got it on sale for $50. It is better than using the grinder, but not nearly as good as the Commercial Vertical stuffers. Of 5 lbs of seasoned meat, 2.5 lbs goes in the casing and 2.5 lbs leaks by the seal on the press. It works OK using the largest stuffing tube, but the extra pressure required of the small tubes blows most of the meat right by the seal. I just can’t bring myself to spend the big $$$ for the vertical stuffer … I’d rather spend it on getting a couple more Elk.
Joined: 8/21/2008Interesting. I wouldn’t think it would taste much different, but it is a completely different beast. Where do you typically hunt elk? I have been looking around for info, trying to learn as much as possible about doing an elk hunt, and it seems Colorado is one of the better options for over the counter tags.Where do I elk hunt? … as close to home as possible, mainly because I meat hunt and want to get it on ice and in the freezer ASAP. Generally, within 45 to 90 minute drive from home on the Uncompaghre Plateau, in open sage and Pinion Juniper flats to oakbrush covered hills to dark timber and Aspen breaks, from 6,700′ to 10,000′ elevations. I’ve shot elk within sight of Grand Junction and my house. It is not necessary to go high or far to find elk in Colorado.
You can learn a lot about Colorado Elk hunting by following the links at this website:
That’s some good stuff right there! Of course, the elk ALONE would be worth the trip!!!To me the meat hunter represents the future with all the good meals provided by and for him and his family. The bone collector represent the past memories of the hunt. Meat fishing or hunting is NUMERO UNO. You can’t catch and release when bow hunting.
Location: Ontario, Canada
To me the meat hunter represents the future with all the good meals provided by and for him and his family. The bone collector represent the past memories of the hunt. Meat fishing or hunting is NUMERO UNO. You can’t catch and release when bow hunting.
Yes you can. I use rubber suction tips on my arrows.
And Brian…..that looks just disgustingly delicious!!We've taken far too many pucks in the head.
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