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post #1 of 9
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So for my next smokey endeavor, I decided to give jerky a try. I went to the store and bought about 5 lbs of bottom round and trimmed it up. 

 

I tossed it in the freezer for about 40 minutes to firm it up so I can slice it (by hand). You may notice in later pics that I sliced some against the grain but most with the grain just to mix it up. 

 

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Then I mixed up a slightly altered version of the marinade that Nepas shared on here. I couldn't find cure so I omitted it and I added garlic powder.

 

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Here is the meat ready to be covered up and spend the night in the fridge.

 

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Fast forward to next day.......

 

I put a little bit of cajun seasoning on each one of the slices of beef. On half of the slices I also sprinkled some crushed red pepper for a little extra spice. I then skewered them and let them drip dry outside for around 20 mins. You can see the spicier ones in the front. 

 

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After that they were ready for the smoker. Since I didn't use cure i wanted to go with a slightly higher temp than normal. I preheated the MES to 200. I added the meat and let it go for two hours before adding smoke. I let it smoke for an additional 2 hours. Throughout the entire process my vent was wide open.

 

And here is the finished product. Well, half of it anyway. Here is a pic of the not so spicy batch.

 

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Overall I think it is honestly some of the best tasting jerky I have eaten. It tastes almost exactly how I think jerky should taste. Like what I have been looking for in stores for years, but never found. Next time I will use cure and I will begin to experiment with my cooking times and temps to get the texture right where I want it. I found it to be SLIGHTLY over done. Although everyone did love it. The guys at work are already asking me prices lol. All the jerky I made was gone before lunch today. I want to give Nepas a huge thanks for posting that marinade as well as everyone else that has posted their jerky making experiences. They helped me tremendously in learning to make my jerky.   

 

post #2 of 9
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Here is a shot of the spicy batch (my personal favorite) fresh out of the smoker

 

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post #3 of 9

It looks delicious! Great job!

post #4 of 9

Looks tasty - I'll take some of the spicy please 

post #5 of 9

Very tasty looking - great job!

 

Curt.

post #6 of 9

Looks great!

post #7 of 9

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post #8 of 9

If you're looking for a pre-made jerky cure, Hi Mountain makes some awesome cures.  There's no substitute for making it the way you like it, but if you're looking to save a little time, I've made jerky with Hi Mountain a few times, and it never disappoints.

post #9 of 9
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yeah i see people raving about it. maybe one day if i am feeling a little lazy i'll get some. 

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