My TQ Dried Beef done in the Bearcarver method

Discussion in 'Beef' started by spoolinaz, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. spoolinaz

    spoolinaz Meat Mopper

    Please refer to this post for mainline recipe and direction. Any deviations I made are mentioned below:

    With the price of dried beef exceeding $10/lb around here, I decided that some homemade from 2.80/lb eye round was in order. Now unlike Bearcarver, I grew up on dried beef in gravy, or SOS. I have perfected the art of making good chipped beef gravy, so this was my main focus. Also, dried beef + cream cheese 'rollups'. After having done the TQ bacon method, I was confident the Bearcarver way would be top notch. I wasn't disappointed!

    First I picked up a nice 6 lb eye round roast on sale for $2.80/lb. Got it home, trimmed it and 1/4'ed the roast. I had about 3" thick pieces.

    I then measured out my TQ to Morton's recommendations and rubbed them while in ziptop bags to avoid the mess. I kept them in the bag for the entire curing process. I only kneeded them about once every other day. I did a total of 12 days of cure. Took them out and soaked in water for an hour. I then placed on a wire rack and into the garage fridge for about 7 days to dry. I was in the process of modding my smoker and wanted to get that done before smoking the beef. Finally got a chance to do that this past Sunday. I smoked with cherry for about 8 hours at 130-140. Then finished in an 180 oven to 158 IT.

    The rind was a bit tough, like jerky due to the extensive time drying. The taste is out of this world! The wife souldn't stop 'sampling' it and the dog was going nuts too! But I suceeded in getting most of it sliced and sealed. Look forward to the first gravy breakfast!

    Thanks for looking!
  2. Looks excellent! You did a fine job! [​IMG]  We, too, like dried beef gravy and the dried beef + cream cheese rollups...I wrap it around a baby kosher dill pickle and slice!
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great Job...I do a Cheese Spread with fine chopped, thin sliced Dry Beef,  Scallions and Cream Cheese...Good Hot or Cold...JJ
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like it came out great 
  5. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks awesome!!
  6. spoolinaz

    spoolinaz Meat Mopper

    Thanks all!

    JJ-that sounds really good. Might add some finiely diced jalepeno's to that and give it a try!
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

     That sounds good...An old woman in Wrightsville made it the first time I tried it. I could not believe so much flavor came from a few simple ingredients...JJ
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Just ran into this thread.

    Looks Great, Spool !!!!

    Glad you liked it !!!

    Thanks for the report !


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