Eye of the round jerky try

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by crazymoon, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I decided to try jerky out of eye of the round instead of the usual cheap steak as the eye was only 2.77 a pound.

    Here it is trimmed up and on the slicer and the finished sliced product

    Need ingredients for the brine

    Air drying before the smoker

    Took about 6 hrs with hickory and the usual bump in temps from 120 to 170, I ended up with 2.5 pounds of jerky from a 7.25 pound piece of round, goes great with a cold beverage !

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  2. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am interested in making jerky could you tell me what you used and how long you marinated. Your finished product looked great
  3. muralboy

    muralboy Smoking Fanatic

    Nice looking jerky CM.  i just bought 4 lbs of london broil cut.  It works out nice because it forms strips once cut.  Not as cost effective though.  

    i like the complex flavor profile of your marinade too.
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good to me thanks for sharing


  5. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic


    That jerky looks super. [​IMG]
  6. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Tasty looking jerky.

    Nice job
  7. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Did you use like 1.25 tsp of cure#1 in your brine?
  8. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice jerky, CM. Looks tasty!
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty! Eye round makes good jerky!
  10. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great CM ! I'd sure take a few pieces with a cold one or two ! Thumbs Up
  11. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

     Here is the recipe ,tweaked a bit from Eldon Cutlips recipe:

    5 pound recipe:

    2 T salt

    1tsp cure #1

    2tsp chili powder

    1T black pepper

    1T white pepper

    1T garlic powder

    1 cup soy sauce (I use lite to cut back on salt)

    1 cup Worcestershire  sauce

    3 cups cold water

    1 small v8

    1T onion powder

    2 swirls of molasses

    1T red pepper flakes

    marinate for 2 days and mix/shake around once and awhile
  12. lemans

    lemans Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank you👍
  13. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    You are most welcome sir !
  14. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking jerky!
  15. markperry

    markperry Newbie

    sry double post
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2016
  16. kjolly

    kjolly Fire Starter

    There you go making me hungry again.
  17. markperry

    markperry Newbie

    crazymoon,  just a quick question. I'm making jerky for the first time and your recipe sounds great. Except.....How much is 2 swirls of molasses? I have no clue how much a swirl is. I've used many measurements in my time but that is a new one on me. LOL
  18. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    MP, the molasses runs slow so i just tip the bottle until it starts to run out and make two circles in my mixing bowl. Just adds a bit of sweetness to the other spices,It's my go to recipe !
  19. markperry

    markperry Newbie

    Ok, just made my first batch. Had to use bottom round as believe it or not I could not find center round at any local market. LOL And I also learned that I should do the slicing myself. My butcher did a good job of slicing for me but failed to trim it as well as I would have for making jerky so having to trim all the small slices was a bit of a chore. I'll just have to break out the meat slicer and do it myself next time.

    Got to say that the bottom round worked well but I think a leaner cut for the next round should work better. IMO. My family is also eager for me to try ground beef. Will have to see about that after I get this right. One thing at a time I say.

    CM, thank you for the recipe, it is very good. After trying it my family all chimed in on what we liked and did not like. Since the 6 lbs of meat used I figure we got about 2 lbs of jerky and between the 4 of us it lasted all of about 12 hours so it was more like than dislike. LOL

    For us I think we are going to cut back on the pepper a little. I have a couple of real spice wimps to contend with and this was just slightly too much pepper for them. I think next time I'll try 3/4 T of each the black and white. We left out the Red. I used ~2 tsp of molasses and that seemed just right. And I think we will try adding a little more of the worsch sauce.

    Now I used my Masterbuilt 30" for this and I dont know if it is because of the fat content, high humidity, or what but it took nearly 11 hours to get done. I started at 130 degrees and increased 10 degrees each hour until I hit 160. At 6 hours it was more like a well done steak. In fact my brother actually prefered that to the jerky saying it was more like the steak strips they he likes from 7-11.  At 8 hours it was getting better and I probably should have pulled it out at 10 hours. I didnt realize that the jerky was softer when warm than after it cools. I should have known that but it never dawned on me so I thought it still needed more drying. Now I rather like crunchy jerky but everyone else would have preferred I pulled it out about an hour earlier. But hey, thats what doing something for the first time is for, right? Learn what to do to make it better for the next time. LOL

    One question tho. What kind of wood smoke do most of you use. I find Mesquite to be too strong but I do like the flavor. I used cherry this time and the mild flavor was much better but something just felt slightly off. I'm thinking of trying apple next time. Does anyone else use anything else with a more mild flavor instead of the strong Mesquite or Hickory? Or do you simply use a little liquid smoke and just use the smoker as a dehydrator?  That was the suggestion of my family. Use a little liquid smoke for flavor and leave the chips out next time.

    I just wanted to send out a heart felt thanks to this entire board for all the great info that made the first dive into jerky making a successful one.
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  20. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    MP,I generally use hickory but you will tweak the recipes and chips/no chips to your personal preferences. You could always cut back on smoking times also. Make sure you write down your recipe/cooking times when you get it to your liking for future batches. [​IMG]

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