Used my new slicer and froze meat for 90 min first. Tried to remove as much fat as possible.
Almost forgot to get a picture of the slices. These were odds & ends. The more uniform slices are in my marinating bag
In the bag with the marinade.
This kit can do 10# in 2, 5# batches. Very convenient.
I priced S hooks at Lowes and didn't want to pay so much for them so I threaded the jerky onto bamboo skewers and hung the meat through the grill. 100 pieces in all. The oddballs are flat on a smaller grill tray on top that I salvaged from a Cake Pop donut maker (useless appliance).
Loaded the meat into the MES 30 at 180 deg F for one hour to dry with the vent closed (as per jerky package instructions). Got the AMNPS lighting up now. Had some trouble with it for the pulled pork so I want to be sure it is going good. Using 50/50 hickory & cherry that I dried in the microwave first.
Once I apply the smoke I will decrease temp to 150 deg F and open the vent 1/4 way, per package direction, for 1 hr, then decrease temp by 10 degrees every hour til it gets to 130 deg F. Smoke at 130 F til done. Does this sound good for the MES 30?
Well, here it is. I'm not entirely sure it is done. Don't really want shoe leather consistency but want to do it right. Wish I would have let it marinade longer. I let it marinade about 18 hrs. Next time ill go at least 24. Right now the smoke flavor is overpowering the marinade but it is fresh out of the smoker. Going to let it rest awhile then try it again.
Edited by The Zil - 8/3/13 at 11:23am