Now's the time to start watching the grocery ads for whole sirloin tip roasts. They usually weigh about 10 pounds, so the cost of making the beef sticks is minimized considerably if you can find a deal on the sirloin. These make great gifts, when presented with a small jar of homemade mustard and a pack of hamemade crackers! Buy the roast, have the butcher trim all the fat and grind into hamburger. Package the meat and freeze until holiday season, if you wish. The liquid smoke is optional, but if you use it, go easy - a little is a lot, with this ingredient.
Makes 10 beef sticks