I was at BJ's Wholesale on Friday and picked up a 5+ pound package of beef bottom round for $20. I took it home, carefully trimmed all of the fat from the exterior, cut it into three sections and stuck it in the deep freezer. Yesterday morning, I took out the three frozen sections and sliced them all up into 3/16" slices in the electric slicer (I like to prepare my jerky on the thin side). Once I was done with the slicing, I mixed together my simple teriyaki marinade in a stainless bowl and added the beef slices in, one at a time, to ensure that each slice was thoroughly covered in the marinade. Every few hours, I would remove the bowl from the refrigerator and give everything a good tossing with my hands, just to make sure that all of the pieces were receiving the tender loving care that they deserved. I have a couple of Foodsaver vacuum containers that I usually use for marinating beef, but since I used TQ in the mix this time and was going to wait the full 24 hours, regardless, I just stuck with the stainless bowl. Anyhow, here's a little Q-View of the process, so far, while the jerky spends the day in the smoker.
Slicing The Frozen Beef Round Bottom Into 3/16" Strips
Beef Slices Waiting To Be Bathed In Marinade
Beef Strips In Teriyaki Marinade (This smells SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD!!!)
Marinated Beef Strips Hanging In Smoker
I can't wait to taste the finished product this evening! More Q-View when they're done!