Good morning Folks,
I'm planning my first beef jerky go in my MES. I'm planning on going with a london broil, freezing it for an hour before slicing into ~1/8" slices. I will then place in bags in the fridge with different flavors of the Hi Mountain Jerky Seasoning & Cure for 24 hours. I will pull it out and let it sit on some paper towel before hanging in the smoker to get some of the moisture off. I'm thinking I'll toss it in the smoker at 130 for an hour. Is it safe to bump the temp up to like 180 for the next 45 minutes so the smoker will make some smoke, and then drop back down to 130 to finish the drying? Should I try to get some chunks burning in a pan for smoke instead so I don't have to bump the temp up? I plan on doing the bend test. How long should I plan on this taking, just need to make sure I plan my day accordingly.
I appreciate any input, I really want this to be a success. Thanks.