I'd like to start a new thread. Let me know if this is already somewhere else. The thread is real beef (not ground beef) jerky. I see all the chicken, venison, ground beef, preservation, etc., but I don't see anything on simply preparing real beef jerky. The purpose of this thread is to share tips, techniques, and recipes for beef jerky. I haven't made jerky in nearly 10 years. I used to use a Little Chief electric smoker, and it came out great. I recently got a new smoker, and I'm hoping we can all share some advice with one another. I'm getting a batch going tonight with a VERY standard recipe: 2 cups Soy Sauce 1 cup Water 1/4 cup NON IODIZED Salt 1/3 cup Brown Sugar 2 Tsp Black Pepper 2 Tsp Onion Powder 2 Tsp Garlic Powder 2 tsp Tabasco Sauce. I'll start with this, then make adjustments. (I like it HOT. Habanero's in the brine, and red or black pepper on top). But, I'm going to start slow. I will keep everyone posted on the progress of my jerky making. First two batches should be done this weekend (assuming my new smoker gets delivered in time). I'd love to hear other's ideas, though.