hamburger jerky mes style

Discussion in 'Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (MES) Owners' started by regul8dhbbyist, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. So I decided to try my hand at hamburger jerky because my stepson and I like Jack links jerky. I used the recipe from masterbuilt's site and smoked with mesquite for 5 hours at 140. I had difficulty keeping the tbs going. So I would turn the temp up, get the smoke going and turn it back down. Three hours in I realized that I should have left the vent open all the way.

    Call it a learning experience. I lack a jerky gun at the moment, but after the success today (meaning the missus is happy) I may get the jerky gun soon.
     
  2. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I bought the jerky gun and it s awesome... I highly recommend it... Your jerky looks tasty............[​IMG]

    Joe
     
  3. moses

    moses Meat Mopper

    Add more details. Or copy the recipe. I'd love to try it out. Looks good
     
  4. Looks very good! You might want to look at a AMNPS for better smoke control as well as less time feeding chips. You can also roll them out on wax paper and slice with a pizza cutter like you like and move to the racks. That may help UNtill you get a jerky gun.
     
  5. The recipe I used is from the masterbuilt website. I made a 3# batch where the recipe is for 2#. If you do this just multiply the ingredients by 1.5.

    Ingredients
    2 lbs Ground beef (lean)
    2 tsp Ginger (grated)
    1 tbsp Allspice
    4 tbsp Sugar
    1 clove Garlic (minced)
    ½ cup Soy sauce

    I let the mixture sit in the fridge for 24 hours. Then I pressed the hamburger into baking sheets lined with plastic wrap. Stuck them into the freezer for about 20 minutes to get them to cut and separate more easily.

    I rotated the racks about every hour. After the wife tasted them, she suggested drying longer.so I turned the oven way down after the last picture, and dried an additional 90 minutes at 170 with the door open a bit so the temp stayed below 160.

    Temps above 160 start to cook the meat and we just want it dried. I let it sit wrapped in paper towels overnight, but covered so the cat couldn't sample it. Jerky for breakfast was even better than jerky for a midnight snack.
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2015
  6. I have found jerky gets better with age. 

    Happy smoken.

    David
     

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