Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by whittlinsam, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Have some beef and some ground beef marinating to smoke tomorrow.    I am using an MES 30.    I don't know what to do about the water pan.   I know if I put water in the pan, the meat will not dry as well.    If I leave the pan out, the heat will fluctuate quite a bit.    I thought about lining the pan with foil but am afraid grease will accumulate in the pan and burn.   I intend to keep temperatures low and it may not be a problem.    Would appreciate any thoughts.
  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Hi Sam! Just want you to know I moved this thread to "Making Jerky", I think you will get more exposure to the topic than you would in "Roll Call".

    A lot of people, myself included, don't use water in the pan, we fill it with play sand, you can get it at any hardware store. It really helps to maintain a more consistent temp. You can cover it with foil to keep the drippings out of the sand or even use a disposable foil pan with a little water set on top of the sand pan to catch the drippings.
  3. Will give that some thought.    Thank you for the suggestion.
  4. Hey there! Just saw this and you've probably already done your jerky but here's some info for next time. I have MES 40 and I've probably made over 100 lbs jerky. I covered my pan with heavy duty foil, no water or sand. Works out well. 
  5. Thanks for the response.    I appreciate the info.

    I did some ground beef and some round steak.    I did put water in the pan, didn't seem to make much difference.    I do think I will make some changes before I try again.    I think I will cut the meat into strips after it comes off the smoker, it should be easier to deal with.    And I want to invest in a couple frogmats.     They look like they could help much.    And I think I will try sirloin tip steak, you can buy it sliced approximately 1/4 " thick in the stores.    It is as lean as the round steak and needs less trimming.

    I also want to experiment with the seasonings.    I tried Back Yard Original seasoning packet from Bass Pro, really don't care for it.    I think I will come up with my own recipe after doing some research.

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