I tried to make my first 5 pounds on Friday night. Had everything the recipe called for except the cure. I used Tender Quick instead. The package stated to use 1 tsp or TBL per pound (don't remember which one). I followed it and should have known better. When the jerky was done, it had a little much smoke, and way to much salt. I hate to toss food, but there was no way I could eat this stuff. I placed an order for the right stuff and will try again this weekend.