Easy Smoked Venison Snack Stick Recipe

Easy Smoked Venison Snack Stick Recipe

Learn how to prepare an easy smoked venison snack stick recipe today. Many of us rural dwellers consider deer hunting a major event. It’s an opportunity for hunters to go hunting for cheap meat that will satisfy their families. Thanks to three deer that our family was fortunate enough to harvest this year, we were able to prepare some excellent and nourishing dishes, such as venison stew.

I bet you’re familiar with dried turkey and beef, but have you ever tried venison? Probably not, if you’re typical American. The lack of history is probably due to the fact that most well-known supermarkets and convenience stores only sell mass-produced items, not wild game. The good news is that Arkansas is far from that!

Making a smoked venison snack stick recipe is one of our favorite and most convenient methods to process venison. We chose to make our own this year (we’ve cooked sausage at home previously, but not snack sticks), and we were pleasantly surprised by how easy and quick it was. The goal of this post is to provide you with the information you need to begin producing snack sticks in the comfort of your own home.

Many local households rely on wild animals for their meals and snacks, especially in the vast praire area close to Stuttgart. Elk, venison, and buffalo are just a few examples of the wild game foods that are highly regarded for both their flavor and nutritional content. Wild game deserves a shot, in our opinion.

Whether you’re out fishing, hiking, or hunting, these smoked venison snack stick recipe gems are  the greatest protein-packed snack! As soon as the weather warms up and deer hunting season rolls around, my favorite thing to do is whip up a batch of smoked venison snack sticks.

Spiced ground venison makes for a delicious snack in the form of Venison Snack Sticks. Enjoy the same great smoke flavor in our all-natural, preservative-free version. An alternative to those unhealthy store-bought snack sticks—a lean protein snack!

Instructions For the Smoked Venison Snack Stick Recipe

The meat-to-fat ratio is crucial for this smoked venison snack stick recipe for venison snack sticks. The ideal proportions of fat to lean meat for meat sticks are 15–25% fat and 85–75% lean. If you use a leaner cut, your snack sticks can end out dry and crumbly. Making deer sticks requires this quality in particular. We suggest making snack sticks with a mixture of around half venison and half pork trim, with a fat level of 50%, when working with venison.

If you call ahead, you should be able to get pork trimmings, which are the pieces removed off the pork’s shoulder and butt, at most butcher shops. To achieve the ideal proportions for your venison sticks, it is possible to remove the visible fat and weigh the meat and fat separately if you prefer a more exacting approach.

Grinding and Mixing the Meat For the Snack Sticks

You want the final beef sticks to have some visible fat-to-meat separation, so a very fine grind isn’t necessary for meat sticks. For the perfect texture in your snack sticks, grind the ingredients twice. Once with a 3/8″ plate and again with two 3/16″ plates.

The meat on your sausage stick should always be kept cold, so keep that in mind. To avoid spreading, put the meat block back in the fridge in between grinds.

After you have ground all of your proteins, you may start combining them by hand or with a meat mixer. If you’re making snack sticks using encapsulated citric acid or high-temperature cheese, it’s best to handle quantities under 25 pounds by hand to avoid breaking the cheese or acid.

Easy Smoked Venison Snack Stick Recipe

FAQ For the Easy Smoked Venison Snack Stick Recipe

Q: What ingredients do I need for the smoked venison snack stick recipe?

A: For this delicious smoked venison snack stick recipe, you will need 2 pounds of ground venison, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 2 teaspoons of curing salt, 1 teaspoon of mustard seed, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of liquid smoke, and natural hog casings.

Q: How do I prepare the venison snack sticks for smoking?

A: First, mix all the ingredients together with the ground venison in a large bowl until everything is well combined. Next, stuff the mixture into natural hog casings using a sausage stuffer. Twist the mixture into 6-inch links and let them rest in the refrigerator overnight to meld the flavors.

Q: How do I smoke the smoked venison snack stick recipe?

A: Preheat your smoker to 180°F and place the snack sticks on the smoker racks. Smoke the sticks for 3-4 hours until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F. Once smoked, let them cool before enjoying this tasty and easy-to-make snack!

Other Venison Recipes to Try

Ground Venison Jerky Recipe

Teriyaki Venison Jerky Recipe

Venison Italian Sausage Recipe

Easy Smoked Venison Snack Stick Recipe

Easy Smoked Venison Snack Stick Recipe

Learn how to prepare an easy smoked venison snack stick recipe today.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20 Servings
Calories 192 kcal


  • Kitchen Twine
  • mixing bowl
  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Grill Grate
  • knives
  • Campfire Cooking Utensils
  • Campfire Serving Utensils
  • Campfire Fork Or Tongs
  • fire proof cooking gloves
  • Cast Iron Dutch Oven
  • foil paper


  • 2 ½ pounds ground venison
  • 4 jalapeno peppers seeds removed finely minced
  • 16 oz cheese shredded - choose your favorite but ones that melt well work best.
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp onion flakes
  • 1 ¼ tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • pinch chili flakes or more to taste



  • Prepare a grill fire to about 250° with hickory for smoke flavor.
  • Combine spices with brown sugar and set aside.
  • Mix ground venison with cold water in a large bowl. Stir in spices until combined well.
  • Tie one end of the casing and thread onto the sausage stuffer, run the venison mixture into snack stick casings, don't over stuff.
  • Tie the end and repeat with remaining ingredients. Cook over indirect heat and with the grill closed. Smoke for about 30 minutes or until snacks sticks reach at least 165° internal temperature with a digital thermometer.
  • Remove from grill and cool slightly. Slice into 4 inch snack sticks. Vacuum seal or place in a ziplock baggie and refrigerate.


Serving: 1gCalories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 18gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 541mgPotassium: 225mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 307IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 170mgIron: 2mg
Keyword venison, venison sticks
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