jroby not sure if you will get any more snap however maybe your water amount is a bit heavy. I use 1qt for 12.5 lbs and that is pushing alot. Maybe cut it back to a 1/2 qt for 10lbs to start with. Im thinking the snap you are looking for is very hard to achieve as a home processor.
That can be an issue. Added water will need to be removed from the product at some point during the process. That can be part of thermal processing or afterwards as air drying.
Probably more of a challenge for guys finishing their sticks in a water bath where you don’t get any addition drying during the final cooking process.
Air drying after cooking is a good way to get the final dryness and texture you are after if you have a good place to do it.