Beef Jerky on the MES

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by twoalpha, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    This is my first venture on making whole meat beef jerky on the MES. Have been making ground beef sticks and wanted to try this.

    Started with a small batch from eye of round steak. Trimmed the little bit of fat off and then put it in the freezer for about 2 hours before slicing it at .200" thickness cross grain.

    Using the High Mountain Jerky Cure in Hickory flavor plus 2 Tsp. of brown sugar/lb. followed their directions and dry cured this for 2 days in the refrig. Right before going to the smoker let it form the pellicle for an hour.

    Had the MES on 120 when the meat was added and held that for the first hour to dry the meat. Got the AMNPS going with Pitmaster Blend during this time. Starting the 2nd hour bumped the MES to 160 and put the AMNPS into the MES. Starting the 3rd hour bumped the MES to 200. At the end of 3 hours tested a piece after short cool down and texture was just what I wanted. Nice firm not tuff or stringy chew and lots of good smoke flavor. Pulled the remaining pieces out and let them cool out before bagging.

    Some of the best tasting, tender and great looking jerky. Will be doing more of this real soon.


    Started with part of the Eye of Round Steak.

    Beef strips after curing and hung on the MES shelf

    Almost ready to come out of the MES

    Finished and cooling off. Where is that cold one?

    Last edited: Aug 10, 2015
  2. Wow super pretty!!! I like how you hung the jerky, I have never seen that before. All that would be gone in a heart beat at my house. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for the point. The wood skewers worked out well and fit nicely. It is a really deep color for sure.
  4. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    TA, Nice job sir ![​IMG]
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Job, Larry!![​IMG]

    Love the reddish color!![​IMG]

    Looks Mighty Tasty from My House!![​IMG]-----------------[​IMG]

  6. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic


    Thanks for the point. This was a fun trial.

  7. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic


    Thanks for the points and it was really great Jerky.

    The rest of the Eye of Round is curing in TQ and headed for Smoked Dried Beef #1 following your "step by step".

    Will be smoking it next week and I will post the update when finished.

  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's Great !!

    You're gonna love that Dried Beef !!!

  9. Twoalpha,

    Did you use wood chips to add smoke flavor or was the only flavor from the hickory cure? Looking to make jerky soon and I'm checking out different recipes. Thanks!
  10. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  11. Thanks for this recipe!!  I've made jerky twice now.


    Using just the Hi Mountain Original Flavor Jerky mix.

    Meat slices hung from wooden skewers.


    Using the Hi Mountain Jerky mix plus 2 Tsp. of brown sugar/lb.

    Meat laid out on a silicone smoker mats.

    I like the version with the sugar addition. It blends well with the spices in the mix. Regarding hanging the meat or laying it flat, I'm divided. I liked that the mat keep the meat flat after it was finished, but hanging the meat allowed me to get all the strips into the smoker at one time. I only have two mats and would need to purchase more to smoke 2 lbs of jerk at one time. There was less clean up hanging the meat and that's a big plus. 

    Question about the pellicle. Why spend the hour letting the meat form a pellicle before going into the smoker? What does that provide?
  12. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic


    Letting the meat form the pellicle dries up the surface so that the smoke flavor can better penetrate the meat.

    I have found that hanging the meat on the wood skewers through the MES rack takes a lot of time and is a preparation pain. However I like the results better than using the mats.

    This following picture shows an alternate way to hang jerky in the MES. This is my version after seeing several other ideas on this forum. Do a search and see what best works for you.

    Using a piece of oak wood cut to fit the rack holders with notches to hold the 3/16" SS rods. Works great.

    Hope this helps.


  13. The notched oak and SS rods look like a great idea. Thanks for the tip!
  14. theboyler

    theboyler Newbie

    I just bought my first eye of the round and will be attempting to make some jerky... question about cutting it!

    Do i cut it lenghtwise or just cut it across in the oval shape it comes in?

    Thanks for your help!
  15. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    Cutting across grain will in my opinion have a softer bite than cutting with the grain. 

    Experiment with both and see which one you like.
  16. theboyler

    theboyler Newbie

    Hi there,

    I have done a few batches of jerky now, most of the time I use the Cabelas mix... I'm not sure I am doing everything correctly.  Yesterday I started the meat off at about 140 for an hour with no smoke, then added smoke and bumped the temp to about 155.... I smoked the jerly the rest of the way... is that necessary?  Some of the slices looked and turned out fine, while some kinda had a white or brown tinge to them (in spots)....

    Any suggestions... in total I think the meat was in the smoker for about 6-7 hrs....

    I'm using a Bluetooth MES 30 with A Maz N pellet smoker

    Thanks for any help!

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