Posts Tagged ‘smoked lunch meats’

Northern Meats has Snappy, Flavorful Meat Sticks

Published by Rilee Waller on October 26th, 2011

Marquette10/26/2011 -Smokehouse Glenn brought in a variety of his smoked snack sticks in for sampling, which turned out to be extremely tasty. Four different recipes to sample from – original, venison, pepperoni and jalapeno flavors. Glenn has them available from the Northern Meats kitchen.

Smokehouse Glenn Snack Sticks

Original Recipe Meat Sticks

The flavors for each of Glenn’s snack sticks were distinct in each of their recipes. Original is a mildly seasoned meat stick that would be a favorite to any palette looking for a straight forward, good-tasting, chewy snack. Pepperoni stick is flavored comparable to any of the similar product available just like what you would want to include on your pizza but in a smaller diameter. Venison is slightly larger in diameter than the other sticks, however, the flavoring is mild and extremely delicious. Jalapeno should scare away anyone by the name. Glenn’s recipe has a slight degree of heat to its flavor which gives this recipe the Lay’s potato chip syndrome – you can’t eat just one!!!! I couldn’t!!!!!

I always learn something new and interesting from talking with Glenn about his product. Today, I shared with Glenn how I really like meat sticks that have a firm, chewy texture as compared to several commercial brands that a somewhat tough outer casing but the inside meat product is soft; sometimes almost down-right mushy. So, here’s the secret – it lies in the Ph level within the meat mixture. These products require no refrigeration. Within each meat stick recipe mixture, there is an amount of starter culture or lactic acid that promotes a sustained shelf life or generates a shelf stable product, usually around a two month period. The lactic acid level or Ph level also plays a critical part in the texture of the meat after it goes through the smoking process. By using a meter to monitor the Ph level, once you the desired level, heat from the smoking process removes the remaining sugars and creates the desired firmness or texture. The Ph has a lot to do with the “snappiness” of the meat stick. You will not be disappointed with any of the snack stick flavors available from Northern Meats courtesy of Smokehouse Glenn!!!

Episode 11 - Smoked Snack Sticks Audio - Episode 11 - Smoked Snack Sticks Audio     
Smokehouse Glenn Meat Sticks

Smokehouse Glenn's Pepperoni Sticks

Smokehouse Glenn Meat Sticks

Jalapeno Flavored Snack Sticks

In-House Deli Meats Have A Bold Taste

Published by Rilee Waller on September 7th, 2011

Marquette09/07/2011 Smokehouse Glenn presented several in-house deli meat creations for tasting today. Glenn brought with him today three deli meats of his own creation from Northern Meats that were out of this world.  Smoked Turkey, Roast Beef and Beef Pastrami…Mmmmm! As soon as my eyes say the pastrami, I was hooked for landing a sample.

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Deli Pastrami

Glenn explained that his beef pastrami was made out of beef round cuts instead of a brisket cut, which can will be used by other butchers but there is a draw back from this choice.  Briskets are more fatty and are cut from two different muscle groups. When you cut brisket, there is the tendency to cut one portion with the grain and the other against the grain, which results in tearing the beef when slicing against the grain.

When you see these slices, there are thin grains of marbling fat with the beef. Combined with the cured flavoring and the outside surface rub that enhances the beef’s flavoring, this pastrami is first rate. I would match this up with my home-made deli rye bread, Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard, Baby Swiss Cheese making for an exquisite sandwich.

Another of my favorite uses for these delicious deli-cacy would be rolling any of these sliced meats around a sliced portion of cream cheese and a green onion. When these “meat roll-ups” are at a party, I usually forget about everything else and concentrate on these tasty finger food morsels. I can see it now, one for you, one TRAY for me!!!!

Well done, Glenn; this pastrami has a great spice combination of coriander and “other spices”!! We don’t divulge Smokehouse trade here but that not as important as you stopping in to Northern Meats and trying these meats for yourself – SOON!!!

Episode 4 - Smoked Lunch Meats Audio - Episode 4 - Smoked Lunch Meats Audio     

Northern Meats Shopping Show

Deli Smoked Turkey

Northern Meats Shopping Show

Deli Roast Beef