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Wild Game Banner Gamebird Gourmet: Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pheasant
Learn how to make Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pheasant with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.Mixing Cream Cheese Flatten Out Pheasant Finished Pheasan Background
This is a recipe given to me by Travis Frank from the TV Show “The Flush” and he said that this is the recipe he uses when someone says they don’t like wild game!Preperation
Take your boneless skinless pheasant breast and pound it out until it is mostly flat. As you are hitting it with the tenderizing mallet you will also want to push it out, so hit it near the middle but moving to the outside. This will help flatten it more.
Simply lay out you pheasant breast flat on a cutting mat take a dollop of the cream cheese and wrap the pheasant around that. Now, wrap the bacon around the stuffed pheasant and skewer with tooth picks to keep the bacon in place.Coating the Bacon Wrapped Pheasant
If you want at this point you can sprinkle on some more flavor here, we used the Smokehouse BBQ Seasoning and Rub but you can use any Excalibur Shaker that you think might be worth it!Smoking
Smoke at 225° until the internal temp is 165° which should take about 1.5 hours but conditions vary, so use a Digital Thermometer.Serve
These make amazing finger foods or appetizers and Travis was right, this is a fool proof way to get anyone to love wild game!Shop waltonsinc.com for Smokehouse BBQ Seasoning and Rub Shop waltonsinc.com for Thermometers
Gamebird Gourmet: Chicken Fried Pheasant Gamebird Gourmet: Chicken Fried Pheasant
Learn how to make Chicken Fried Pheasant with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.Pull off Skin Batter Fry in Skillet Pheasant Sandwich Preperation
Since we are deep frying these we want them to be boneless and skinless breasts(you can do them with the skin if desired). In a pan or deep bowl lay out some regular flour and mix in the desired amount of Bloody Mary Wing Shake (choose your own seasoning but this is the best we have tried) making sure that the seasoning is well mixed in. Then in another bowl crack and beat enough eggs to coat all of your pheasant breast.
In a cast-iron skillet bring peanut oil up to 350°. We did this on the side burner of our Broil King Gas Grill so clean up was easier.Process
Fully coat your pheasant breast in the flour and then move to the egg wash. Keeping a dry hand and a wet hand will help speed things along. After it has gone through the egg wash you can go back again to the flour and seasoning mixture for a thicker fried coating.
After all pheasant has been coated lay pheasant in the cast iron skillet filled with 350° oil and cook until 165°. You will know the pheasant is close to being done when it floats and turns a nice golden brown. Remove pheasant from oil and lay on an oil rack, giving them the ability to drip some excess oil.Serve
We made sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, coleslaw, and Terrapin Ridge Farms squeezes and aiolis. These sandwiches were amazing but they would have been nearly as good if we had just cut them into strips and done “pheasant tenders” and dipped them into the sauces we put on our sandwiches.Shop waltonsinc.com for Bloody Mary Shaker Shop waltonsinc.com for Thermometers
Wild Game Banner Gamebird Gourment Pheasant Snack Sticks
Learn how to make homemade pheasant snack sticks with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments belowPork Fat Grind Without Fat Protein Extraction Stuffing Snack Sticks Finished Pheasant Snack Sticks What Is A Snack Sticks?
Snack Sticks are a meat snack and semi-dried sausage that is stuffed into a smoked collagen casing and then hung in a smokehouse for cooking. Many Snack Stick will have a pH between 4.5 and 5.2 to give it some shelf stability and the classic tangy flavor. They are most often made from pork and beef but almost any protein will work when making a snack stickMeat Block
10 lb of Pheasant Breast
2.5 lb of pork straight pork fat or 10 lb of untrimmed pork butts
1 Bag of Willies Snack Stick Seasoning 13.5 oz for 12.5 lb
1 oz of Sure Cure (Included with purchase) 14 grams for 12.5 lb
Water (2 lb per 25 lb batch of meat) 16 oz of water for a 12.5 lb batch
We are using 19mm Smoke Collagen Casings which will fit easily over our 12mm stuffing tube. These casings require no preparation, simply take them out of the package and put them on the stuffing tube.Process
Make sure your pheasant breast is properly trimmed and all bones have been removed. Start out with mostly frozen breast, we had it frozen to the point where we had to use a serrated knife to cut it into chunks that would fit down the grinder and that worked wonderfully.Grinding
Make sure your plates and knives are sharp and lubricated with white oil. Grind all Pheasant breasts through a 3/8" plate one time. Then grind again through a 1/8’ plate and add pork fat at this point. The fact that it was still partially frozen sped up the 2nd ground significantly.Pork Fat -
If you are adding just pork fat to your meat block you should add somewhere between 20-25% of the weight of your pheasant meat in fat. In this case that meant we added 2.5 lb and we added that while we were grinding, this allows it to start mixing in with the pheasant as it grinds. We also made sure the porkPork Butts -
fat was almost frozen to help it grind faster and better.
If you are adding pork butts make sure that they are untrimmed, meaning that they have a good fat cap on them and that the skin is removed off of the pork butt. You will be able to tell if the skin is still on by looking for small hair follicles if you see that then the skin is still on and you will need to trim that off while leaving as much fat as possible on the meat.Meat Mixing
Next, you need to mix the seasoning and cure into your meat. To do this you can either use a meat mixer or do it by hand. Because this is a product that we are going to cure and smoke we need to achieve a high level of protein extraction so doing this with your hands is difficult but can be done. When using a mixer add the meat to the mixer, then the seasoning and cure and finally the water, you will want to mix in both directions until all seasoning and cure have been mixed in and you have good protein extraction. You will know that a good level of protein extraction has been achieved when the meat is sticky and tacky if you can pull a handful of it apart and it stretches that is a good sign.Sausage Stuffing
Next, choose the largest stuffing tube that your casings will fit over and begin stuffing. Stuff until the casings are full and smooth but leave yourself enough room on the end to close with a hog ring.
If you can just faintly see a swirl pattern running down the casing that means you have stuffed them correctly if that pattern is obvious then they are understuffed which will lead to excessively wrinkled casings and an odd texture.
If you cannot see that pattern at all then you have overstuffed the casings and you run a risk of the casings popping when you hang them in the smokehouse.Note
If you added Encapsulated Citric Acid or other cure accelerators you need to go directly from stuffing to smoking. If you did not use a cure accelerator of some sort then after you’ve stuffed everything the product has to be held in the refrigerator overnight to allow the cure time to work.Thermal Processing & Smoking
Set up your smoker and hang your sausage on smoke sticks or lay on racks and smoke at
125F for 1 hour
145F for 1 hour
160F for 2 hours
180F until internal meat temp of 165F
When they have reached 165° internal temperature remove from the smoker and put them in an ice bath to bring the heat down and help set the casing.
A water bath is not sufficient for this, the water needs to be ice water or shower them with a fan pointed at the hanging sticks.Cooling
Lastly, leave them out at room temperature for about an hour before vacuum packing them, this will ensure you don’t get additional moisture in the vacuum bag which would affect the shelf life of your meats.Wrap up
The light taste of pheasant really makes finding pork fat instead of pork butts a big difference, the pork fat has little flavor and light color to it, allowing the seasoning and the pheasant to stand out!Other Notes
Depending on your pH and your Water Activity your sticks might be shelf-stable but without a way to test this you should vacuum pack and refrigerate these and since these are wild game they wouldn’t be considered “shelf-stable” technically.Watch WaltonsTV: Basics For Making Summer Sausage Shop waltonsinc.com for Bratwurst Seasoning Shop waltonsinc.com for Meat Grinders Shop waltonsinc.com for High-Temp Cheese Shop waltonsinc.com for Boning Knives
Wild Game Banner Gamebird Gourment Pulled Pheasant Sandwiches
Learn how to make Pulled Pheasant Sandwiches with Walton's and Meatgistics. Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments belowTrimming Pork Puller Adding BBQ What Happens With “Pulled” Meat
Whether it is Pork, Beef or Poultry “pulled” meat all works similarly. What you are wanting to do here is cook your meat for long times at lower heats BUT you want the meat to get much hotter than normal. So, 160° is done for most types of sausage, with a pulled product you want to cook it all the way up to around 200°! This is because you want all of the collagen and connective tissues to breakdown. This will let it tear apart easily and doing it at lower temps will stop it from burningMeat Block:
5 lb of Pheasant Breast
Clean your pheasant breast, making sure all shot and feathers are removed. Then take the skin off of the meat, you should be able to pull it right off, if you are having problems with this try holding on to the skin with a paper towel to prevent the skin from slipping. Flip the breast over and you will see a tendon that should be cut out of the meatProcess
Place your meat in the crockpot and add your dry marinade of choice, then pour your beer (or other liquid) into the crockpot. Make sure all the marinade is dissolved in the beer and stir it thoroughly.Cooking
Cook on high for 3.5 hours with lid on, then drain 90% of the liquid and “pull” the meat. If you have a Pork Puller this works just as well with pheasant as it does pork, for anyone who hasn’t used one of these they attach to your drill and it automatically pulls or tears your meat. Then, add in the desired amount of your BBQ, replace the lid and cook on medium for 30 more minutes.Plate
Use tongs to create your sandwich, cover with more BBQ sauce or other condiment and enjoy!Note
Swiss cheese slices would be excellent on the bun with this recipe.Watch Waltonsinc: Pulled Pheasant Sandwiches Shop waltonsinc.com for Marinade Shop waltonsinc.com for Pork Puller Shop waltonsinc.com for Sauces