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How long is too long to marinate?

post #1 of 8
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I want to make some beef jerky (using london broil) to take to a party Sunday night. The only time i can possibly prep is tonight (Friday) and the only time I have to smoke it is Sunday morning. If I slice and start to marinate tonight, the meat will be in the marinate and cure for about 36 hours. Is there any problem with leaving it that amount of time? I have only seen any one marinating from 20-24 hours in every thing I have read. 

post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 

After doing a lot more reading I see that it is not a problem. Disregard my first question. I should have just done more reading before asking. 

post #3 of 8

I guess you answered your own question. Don't forget to take some pics of the finished jerky.

post #4 of 8

just to add-on...i usually marinate mine for 2 days but sometimes 3 for beef...depends when i have time.

 

my only concern is that you are starting the make it in the morn for a party that night..you might want to start very early.  for me to smoke then dehydrate it takes me around 7-9 hours total.  just my 2 cents

post #5 of 8
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I have now figured that out. My last batch marinated almost 3 days and went in the smoker for 6 hours total between smoke and then low temp. Best batch yet. Peppered and the flavor really came out after sitting on counter for 16 hours.

post #6 of 8

what do you mean by sitting on the counter for 16 hours? letting them rest?

post #7 of 8
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I just let them sit out in the open on the butcher block for 16 hours before storing them. I keep the jerky in brown paper bags.

post #8 of 8

Just to make sure is it still ok to go over 24 hours using Tender Quick?

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