What meat is the best for jerky?

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by jono, May 31, 2013.

  1. Hi. I'm from Sydney, Australia. I'm new to the smoking meats world. I've made a few batches of jerky so far but I'm unsure of the best meat to use. Also I was going to purchase a jerky gun. Are they good? Is the jerky brittle or is it the same at cut strips? Thanks everyone. Love the site.

  2. okieleo

    okieleo Fire Starter

    I have used different different cuts of venison (deer), but beef I mainly use shoulder and rump roasts with rump roasts being my first choice just make sure you are cutting against the grain. It turns too chewy when you cut with the grain. I dont have any experience with a jerky gun but I would imagine any steak quality meat with minimal sinew would be good. Hope this helps.
  3. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Hi Jono, You want very lean meat for jerky, you really don't want any fat at all if possible, the fat can turn rancid.
    I've used a jerky gun and it is totally different texture, more like a beef stick.

    I see this is your first post here so when you get a minute would you do us a favor and swing by "Roll Call" and introduce yourself so we can give you a proper SMF Welcome, Thanks!
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Eye Rounds or Bottom rounds. Trim outside fat off.  Very little if any marbling, especially the eye rounds.

    Cut strips across grain.

  5. reinhard

    reinhard Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree with Bear on the meat to use. I dont know what costs are over there but here bottom round is the most reasonable in the lean cuts used. Like others have said check for leaness and the least marbling on the bottom round. Boneless rump roasts are also good. Here a boneless rump roast is simply a small portion of the top round still attached to the bottom round tied together. Reinhard
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  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Not the answer you were looking for ,but... If I were in the Down Under ,I'd be trying Roos. They look good and aren't they a Pest[​IMG]

    Just thinking...
  7. Thanks for all your advice. Greatly appreciated. I'll swing by roll call now.
  8. Kangaroos are a massive pest. They do a huge amount of damage to cars and they are everywhere.
  9. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Eye of Round is all i use. I'd love to see you do some kangaroo jerky, if you do post that up! :)
  10. Me too. Nothing like roadkill jerky.[​IMG]

    Yep, Eye of Round or London Broil for me.
  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Its all that Fosters, you need to take the car keys away from 'em before the first beer!

    Eye of Round, or whatever is cheapest.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2013
  12. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    i say we see a Roo and Fosters jerky! :)
  13. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm with Jarhead on this one....prefer the London Broil. To me, the marinade makes the jerky....I prefer it spicy hot, loaded with black pepper & crushed red pepper mixed into the marinade. I've seen jerky guns but to me ground beef is not jerky making material so have no experience with it at all. I think I'd add some papaya to the marinade for 'roo to soften that critter up...heard it's tough.
  14. I am going to try hamburer to see how it turn out. The gun is way to go but I find if I push on end piece and not use trigger It works better
  15. Hello!

    Do you know what part/cut of beef do these guys use?

    Thank you in advance!

  16. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    I use EOR which looks to be your preference as well! 
  17. It is quite expensive and I'm looking for a cheaper way to try it.
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Want to save money??

    You won't believe how good Pork Loin Jerky is.

    It's hard to tell the difference between Pork Loin Jerky & Beef Jerky.

    And it is MUCH Cheaper---It's been easy to find Pork Loin under $2 per pound for years.

    Give it a try:



  19. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    You can also goto Sam's or Restaurant depot and get it way cheaper then the grocery store, even more so if you buy by the case. i buy by the case and can get it usually for under $3/lb
  20. I am interested to buy it under 2-2,50usd per lbs at any store nationwide!..

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