Custom Processing

Hickory Hill Smokehouse offers USDA custom exempt (labeled not-for-sale) curing, smoking and sausage making services (Bacons, 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 NYS DEC deer carcass tag associated with the venison. NO out of 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 exceed 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 produce. Minimum amount of venison for each SMOKED items is 15 LBS and at least 5 LBS of venison needed for non-smoked items like fresh Italian sausage, loose breakfast or Italian 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 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 is needed especially when making sausage, otherwise the finished product will be dry & crumbly. Please keep this in mind when placing your order – processing fees are 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 like our holiday hams – fees for curing and smoking hind-quarters or pieces are based on incoming (raw) weight. 

For sausage making, we only process venison that has been boned out (except hind-quarters for smoking), thoroughly cleaned, free of dirt, most 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 (Hefty or Glad) gallon sized zip lock or larger clear plastic freezer bags. A gallon size freezer 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. Processing times vary, but are about 2-4 weeks from the time of drop-off.  

Click on the following pdf link to view our current 2022-2023 product list and pricing: 

VenisonProcessing2022-2023

***Vacuum Packaging and labeling is included in all pricing****

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

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!

Other add-ons and charges:

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

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

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. The NYS DEC Carcass tag associated with your venison is required at time of drop-off.  

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 an additional 4% processing fee.

Thank you for considering our services!

Producing high quality products since 2010.