About this recipe: This bologna is the perfect sandwich filler. Cured minced venison is mixed with seasonings, then stuffed into beef casings and slowly baked.
Casings are purchased packed either in a salty brine or in moist salt. They must be rinsed inside and out, and soaked overnight before using.
To rinse the outside, place the casings in a colander under 32 degrees C running water and rinse for 2 to 3 minutes until all traces of salt are gone. The casings may also be rinsed in a large bowl of 32 degrees C water, draining and replacing the water 4 or 5 times until all of the salt is gone.
To rinse the inside, place the casings in a colander in the sink. Run a stream of 32 degrees C into the sink. Find an end of one of the casings, hold it open under the running water and fill with 20 to 26cm of water. Gently lift the casing out of the colander, allowing the water to run all the way through to empty out the end. Repeat twice more and set aside; do the same with the remaining casings.
After the casings have been rinsed, they must be soaked overnight or for two hours at the very least. Place the rinsed casings into a bowl filled with 32 degrees C water and refrigerate overnight. When you are ready to stuff the bologna, drain off the cold water and replace with fresh, 32 degrees C water. Allow to stand at room temperature for two hours before stuffing.
Tasted great. Ground it multiple times getting it finer and finer each time. Also, packed in 3" diameter casings. I'd back off the brown sugar just alittle. - 22 Dec 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This is great beginner recipe. This was my first bologna and it turned out great. Cooked on a Masterbuilt electric smoker. Hung for 2 hours at room temp first. Cooked adding smoke only a few times and maintaining about a 40* delta T through the cook and pulled to ice bath at 157* internal temp. More details and cook log on the Venison Group on Facebook. Took 10 hours to cook slowly. I used the calculator to make a 4# batch. (smaller) - 07 Jan 2015 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)