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Hot dogs questions

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 19:32
by Blackriver
Hi there,
I am making hot dogs for the first time on Saturday. After I am done grinding, mixing, and stuffing can I move them over to the smoker right away? Will they be fully cured? I was going to start with 100 degree heat to dry them then smoke them 1-2 hours. I will then finish them in a 165 degree water bath.

Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 21:34
by Butterbean
If I link them I prefer to let the rest a day in the cooler to set before doing anything else to them.

Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:52
by Blackriver
Great I will do that. Thanks a lot.

Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 16:06
by redzed
When making hot dogs you emulsify or finely grind the meat multiple times which distributes the nitrite more thoroughly thus curing the meat faster. Commercial production of wieners is all in one successive process but most of the time they also add cure accelerants like sodium erythorbate. While it's always better to set the sausages in a refrigerated environment for several hours like Butterbean does, but with hot dogs you should be fine with one or two hours at room temp before smoking.

BTW, what type of casings and recipe are you using? Ever since I bought my bowl chopper 10 months ago I have been planning to make franks, but just have nor gotten around to it.