So I haven't made sticks in forever. Normally I use a from scratch recipe but I decided to try out a kit. I used a hi mountain hunter snack stick kit. I started out at 125 with no smoke, then bumped it up 10 degrees every hour for 5 hours then I pulled the smoke and took the smoker temp to 200 and brought the internal temp up to 165. I noticed something wierd when I pulled the smoke. The sticks had filled up with water and fat like a water balloon. I pierced them and the cases shrunk back down to normal. I'm assuming this probably cooked too much fat out of them but I haven't had a chance to try them yet. I used a new thermometer and when the sticks hit 165 I pulled them and noticed the internal temp immediately dropped to 156 degrees. Im assuming this is from a bias from the thermometer being inside the smoker? From what I've read over 150 is considered safe for snack sticks so I believe I should still be good. Any insights on the temp reading or why they filled up like water balloons?
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