Beef Sticks

Every year for Christmas I buy my husband a beef stick from Hickory Farms. It’s kind of funny because I don’t usually care to eat any, however, these were amazing! Never in my wildest dreams did I know how easy they are to make. I don’t understand the process in which the ground beef turns into the beef stick consistency but it does fascinate me. This recipe makes five small beef sticks. I sliced two to eat and wrapped the other three for the freezer. Whatever your experience is in cooking, you can do this! Give it a try.

Beef Sticks



2# lean ground beef

2 TBS Tender Quick (I found this at a Amish bulk food store}

1 tsp liquid smoke

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp pepper

1/4 cup water


Mix all of the ingredients together in a food processor extremely well. Roll into 4-5 logs that are 2″ round. Wrap logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove plastic wrap from logs. Place logs on a cooking grate (sprayed with cooking spray) with a cooking pan underneath to catch the grease. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until logs are 155 degrees. While still warm, pat logs with paper towels to remove any excess grease. Wrap in foil and refrigerate or freeze.

Recipe adapted from


    • Hi Judy! Curing meats can be done many ways. I used the easy at home method with Morton Tender Quick designed for home meat curing. I paid $5.09 for a 2# bag from an Amish Store. It can be found at some grocery stores. Make sure you ask as it may be in a different section than regular salt. Walmart sells it as well as Amazon, however, Amazon is twice the price as the Amish bulk store. So to answer your question, I personally have not experimented with any other substitution. Thanks for visiting today!


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