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

Categories: Ground Beef


    • 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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