Questions about Beef Jerky

Discussion in 'Beef' started by r23bbq, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. r23bbq

    r23bbq Newbie

    Hello everyone,

    Hope everyone is having a nice New Years Eve day!

    I am going to try and make beef jerky for the first time tomorrow using a beef jerky crafting kit that was given to me as a gift for Christmas. Instructions state that all I need is the meat, everything else needed is included in the kit. Talks about the kind of cut/meet needed (I purchased top round already sliced into 1/4), put the marinade or my choice of seasoning included in the kit for minimum or 3 hours then turn oven up to 225 degrees, leave the oven door open and check every 30 minutes.

    My question is regarding bacteria and all that nasty stuff. I am not worried about that because the oven will be at 225 but my question is, should I bring the beef cuts up to 160 by boiling them first before I start the dehydration process?? or is this only when dehydrating at lower temps (140-170 range)?

    In input helps!

    Thanks,

    Rudy
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Since you are using a kit, follow the direction that are provided with the kit.
     
  3. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Do not boil the meat. LIke DS said follow the instruction with the kit
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    It is perfectly safe if in the first hour the meat hits 160°F, non hard with 1/4" thickness. After that any temp that dehydrates is fine. The salt, Cure and reduced moisture inhibits bacteria...JJ
     

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