Looks good so far. We can find pepperoni here that size too. I've tried making some pepperoni and bologna in the past from the packaged mixes but never found one I liked, so sort of gave up.
Which packaged spice blends do you like?
There is an Amish Family near my home in Ohio and they have a grind house, and make lots of sausages year round. My Uncle brought me a small roll of Trail Bologna from them and I had never tasted any that was as good as this and demanded to know who made it.
During Deer season they are REAL busy making just Trail Bologna. Some guys drop the whole deer off just for that. I am hoping to get one extra doe this year to have some made for me and my brother. This guy really has a Great recipe. The seasoning is perfect and they grind it 3 times, smaller plates each time, adding just enough pork fat to it, and it is not much. They cook in a low temp water bath for 1 1/2 hr and then it hangs in a smoker for 3 hours.
First time I took a tub of meat over the "Lady of the House" was about to take it away from me and I told her I would carry it for her. Just my excuse to see inside the grind house to see how clean they were. It was spotless, so I felt good about it. They are crazy consistent too on taste from year to year. It is mind boggling how many hunters drop off deer. I forget what they charged but it was extremely reasonable and they supply the pork, and it is ready in 3 days. While it would be very satisfying to make it myself it is kind of hard form me to do it with limited time at home since I live in NY and hunt in Ohio and for what they charge, I am not going to bother. My dad really don't eat Venison but he will pig out on this trail bologna. I gave a friend here in NY a roll and his Father in-law is German, he said it taste "just like from the old country"!