hard smoked jerky

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by pito82, May 29, 2015.

  1. pito82

    pito82 Newbie

    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.
  2. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    We will all be happy to help, but much more info needed ! What does your marinade contain? Store bought or home made ?

    Homemade smoker, very cool but what kind ? Pics would be very helpful ! What temp ya smoking the jerky at before dehydrating it ? How long ya dehydrating it ?

    Be happy to help, but much more info needed & the more specific & detailed ya can be the better !
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep more info needed. How thick do you slice the meat? How long do you dehydrate? Are you using any cure? What type of cure if you are?
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  5. nitis

    nitis Newbie

    I am new here so forgive my ignorance but if your are smoking it and reaching appropriate internal temp why are you dehydrating?
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    All the dehydrating does is remove more moisture from the meat, changing the texture. Personally I like a bit of chew to my jerky. I slice the meat around 3/8". I do not use a dehydrator. I use a step system starting with my smoker around 120, then adding 10 degrees every hour. Until I hit 170 for smoker temp. I continue to smoke the meat until I get the texture I am looking for.
  7. pito82

    pito82 Newbie

    Sorry for getting back so late. I smoke my jerky for about 6 to 8 hrs then I dehydrate it to finish the the process. When I take the jerky out of the smoke the meat is still raw. I dehydrate for about 2 more hrs. I am not using and cure but really thinking about getting some.
  8. nitis

    nitis Newbie

    What temp are you smoking it at?

    My only suggestion as you are running now is less time on dehydrator. Or raise the temp or time on the smoker and ditch the dehydrator

    I don't use cure on my jerky either. Once cooked I vac pack and freeze. I don't last long enough to need cure.
  9. pito82

    pito82 Newbie

    I keep it around 170.
  10. nitis

    nitis Newbie

    Well that's not a whole lot warmer than your dehydrator so I think I would give it more time on the smoker

    My dehydrator takes every bit of 12 if not more pending on how full it is
  11. pito82

    pito82 Newbie

    Ok thanks.
  12. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yeah, I would do one or the other, but not both. That may be your problem.
  13. pito82

    pito82 Newbie


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