Worst jerky ever

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by bdlight4, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. 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.
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's 1 tablespoon per pound. You did not add additional salt, did you? TQ is a cure/salt combo. Also, you have to let it cure for 24 hours.

    I only smoke mine for maybe 2 hours for a full batch, then dry it.

    If the recipe was for use with Insta cure, or the Prague stuff, I bet it DID call for salt. Sigh...you were damned from the get-go if so.
  3. It did, I put 2 TBL additional salt, and let it sit about 27 hours and I smoked about 3.5 - 4 hours.

    Should I try again with minus the extra salt (seems like it would still be salty) or wait until my cure shows up?
  4. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wait for the cure .... it's well worth it.
  5. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have good luck with TQ. Altho, if I'm doing 5 lbs, I'll use 4 TBLSP instead of five, as I also use soy sauce in my recipe. You have to consider ALL salt sources... and the nitrate amount with the 1 TBLSP less will still cure... give it the full 24 tho.
  6. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's just a matter of knowing what you are using, Bill. I'd venture to say there'd be no real discernable difference when either product is used correctly.
  7. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Hey BdLight try using it in a stew or something with Lots of taters that'll suck up some of the salt and if it's tomatoe based it'll suck up some smoke too. I hate to throw food away!
  8. The stew is an awesome idea, never thought of that. I didn't toss the jerky as I also have a problem with tossing food. The jerky just needed one ingredient to make it edible. The store sells it in a 24 pack! Over the weekend, I ate the jerky, added the special ingredient and smoked two butts! Now that was some good jerky!!

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