Hello everyone, this is my first post. I am having a difficult time with my smoked jerky. My jerky turns really hard after its out of the vacuumed seal. I marinate it for 2 to 3 days and then I smoke it in my home made smoker for about 6 to 8 hrs, then I dehydrate. On my teriyaki favor there's always a white color to it. I read other post and it said that it the salt. Please help me with any info. Thanks in advance.