Custom Processing

Hickory Hill Smokehouse offers USDA custom exempt (labeled not-for-sale) curing, smoking and sausage making services (Bacon, Hams, Loins, Sausage). Additional services include venison processing – no whole deer, we only take frozen boneless venison chunks and pieces for further processing. We do NOT accept venison that has already been ground.

ATTENTION Deer Hunters – Please read carefully:

Venison is dropped off by appointment only; make sure to bring the New York State DEC deer tag associated with the venison. The deer tag must accompany the venison. NO out-of-NY state venison will be accepted. When you arrive we will go over the menu of options and review paperwork with you.

Use extreme care when field dressing your deer. Clean and rinse thoroughly and prop open the cavity to cool down the carcass as quickly as possible – pack with ice if needed. Quarter and refrigerate if the temperatures outside exceeds 40F. Venison will spoil quickly in warmer temperatures. You can age venison (quartered) in your refrigerator for up to a week if outside temperatures are too warm.

We further process your BONELESS venison and make a variety of specialty items – click on the link below to learn more about the items we offer. Minimum amount of venison for SMOKED items is 15 LBS and only 5 LBS of venison needed for non-smoked items like fresh Italian sausage, breakfast sausage, ground venison, etc. Pork is added to all stuffed smoked items, typically at a rate of 15 LBS of venison plus 10 LBS of pork trim for a total batch size of 25 LBS.

Fresh sausage (NOT smoked) is made with 50% venison and 50% pork. Venison is very lean and adding pork trim is needed especially when making sausage, otherwise the finished product will be dry & crumbly. Please keep this in mind when placing your order. With the exception of smoked venison hind quarters/pieces, your cost is based on finished weight. If you wish to have your venison hind quarters smoked like a ham, please leave the bone in. Smoked venison hind quarters are delicious and are cured and hickory smoked just like our holiday hams.

We only process venison that has been boned out (except hind-quarters for smoking), washed, free of dirt, blood clots and hair. Do your best to remove most of the silver skin. IT MUST BE CLEAN and pass the “smell test” OR WE WILL NOT TAKE IT. We can recommend a local processor to bone-out your deer. Boneless venison is to be brought into us frozen in a FOOD GRADE BAG, we prefer gallon sized zip lock or larger plastic bags. A gallon size zip lock bag fully packed weighs approximately 5/lbs. NO trash bags or plastic carry out bags will be accepted – trash bags are chemically treated! The quality of the venison you provide is directly related to the quality of the product you get back from us.

We make every effort to keep your meat separate from other orders, but can not always guarantee this during busy production times. If you want your meat separate from other orders, please let us know when you call to make an appointment – request can be accommodated, but may take longer to return to you. Typical turn around time is 1-2 weeks.

***Vacuum Packaging is included in pricing****

***We accept boneless venison year-round by appointment for processing***

Please do not hesitate to call with any questions – we would be happy to review our process with you & give you a tour of our shop!

For a list of venison products that we make/process click here: 


***NEW ITEM *** HOT DOGS Natural Casing – add cheese & jalapenos***

***NEW FLAVOR SNACK STICKS***Smoked Kielbasi Sticks ***Smoked  Teriyaki Sticks***Smoked Dill Pickle Sticks**

**Smoked Honey BBQ Sticks***   

**NEW Fresh Brats items** Cajun Andouille*** Kentucky Bourbon*** ***Bacon-Cinnamon Whiskey***

***ADD Cheddar Cheese to any item for an additional .75/lb***                           ***ADD dried Jalapenos to any product for an additional***

All venison is vacuum packaged and labeled with your name & date.

Please contact us to schedule a time to drop off your meat for custom processing. 

A $50.00 deposit is required at time of drop off.

All custom processing fees are subject to New York State 8% sales tax.

We accept credit cards for custom processing subject to a 3% processing fee.

Thank you for considering our services!

Producing high quality products since 2010.