I just put some jerky in the smoker this morning. I went to the meat market and got several cuts of Prime Sirloin and was able to slice the meat about 1/4" x 8" or less. I marinated in cure and seasoning all night and put inside the smoker at 100 degrees for the first hour and then will apply the hickory smoke for and hour really slow. Here is a picture from a few minutes ago. I post another when it is complete.
Prime Sirloin Jerky
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Its coming along....I'm holding temp at 150*....a couple pieces look close to being ready, the thicker ones...are going to stay in there a few more hours. The box is pretty full, I think that's why its taking longer than I expected..I cut the smoke off about 3-1/2 hrs ago.. I suppose it would be ok to pull them now and dry the rest of the way naturally since I did use cure. I think I want to let them dry a little longer. Thanks Al
the piece on the far right is no longer with us. I ate it.
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Edited by Hoity Toit - 11/20/11 at 3:15pm
I just removed a couple of the smaller pieces and they came out wonderful..
QUESTION: Is it ok to unlatch the door maybe 1/8" to let more moisture out at this point on the larger pieces? ?
If moisture isn't leaving through your vent enough, I see no problem doing that.
Your element may come on a little more, but no biggy.
I used the LEM jerky mix on this one. Only thing I added was some black pepper on the outside. Smoked lightly with sweet hickory.
And Bear: I just cracked the door on it a little .....it's getting real close to coming off. maybe another 1-1/2 be about right... Ill post up pics then. I know the sample piece I ate (devoured) earlier was on the money...
Ok, here is the finished product.... I just took them off and letting cool...there were a few big pieces I put back on for a little longer just cause....thank you folks for steering me in the correct direction.....These are not going to last long I know.
still plenty plyable and soft...
I like a little pepper on mine
Beef....it's whats for dinner !! thanks folks. calling it a night , and a good one at that !