Drying sausage before smoking?

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  1. duckblind

    duckblind Senior Refuge Member

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    As our season is coming to an end I'm starting to get things together to make sausage/snack sticks. I have been reading that it is a really good idea to dry your sausage before you smoke it. I have never done this before. They say to either hang and air dry or actually hang in your smoker and dry with very low heat, less than 100 degrees. It say's to put in a good area where air circulation can get all around them, and let them rest until they have dried to the touch. What does dried to the touch mean? Also, has anyone actually done this and is it an important part of the process...pros/cons? Thanks guys
     
  2. mrmallerd

    mrmallerd Elite Refuge Member

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    Makes the smole adhere better.
     
  3. KEN

    KEN Moderator Moderator

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    The main reason to dry them first is because smoke will not penetrate them if they are wet.
     

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