Can you overcure jerky

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by aiannarelli, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. aiannarelli

    aiannarelli Newbie

    Hello,

    I just cut my meat for jerky that i will smoke on Saturday. I have not seasoned it yet or added the cure. I was planning on seasoning and ading the cure in the morning which would give me 24 hours for the cure. I noticed i was not super consistant on my cutting. Non are under 1/4" but some at one end of the cut are maybe 3/8" thick. I am wonder if i start curing late tonight and up with a 30-35 hour cure instead of 24 hours, is that better than maybe under curing at 24 hours?

    I am using a hi mountain kit.

    Thank you,
    Anthony
     
  2. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    you will be fine anthony-you can't over cure but you sure can under cure-and with Hi. Mtn. at those thicknesses just use the instructions-1tbl.1 1/4 tsp. per pound of meat.I soak with season and cure somtimes for 3-4 days.good luck.
     
  3. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah, I don't wait to season/cure...better off to get the meat curing right away after slicing...less chance of contamination.

    I've got a 4-day cure started today, for a smoke/dry next week Tuesday, the 24th.

    Have fun & happy smokes!

    Eric
     

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