No, I am not jerking with the palsey, probably will be before too long though. But this is a about some good smoked jerky.
2.5 lbs. of a eye of round, no fat, no silver skin, fairly tender and easy to cut after a 2 hour set in the freezer.. Expertly sliced at a perfect 45 degree angle to the grain showing a near perfect cutlery techinque..... <Puffs chest out>
Mixing up a simple cure involving soy, lea & Perrins (I always call it that here cause I know I could never spell that other word), malt vinegar, Tony's "MORE" spice. Poured it on. I forgot, 1 heaping teaspoon of cure #1.
Snap the top down, burp the nice tupperware marinating bowl. In the reefer for 2 days, turning over when I get up and when I go to bed.
Patted 'em dry........
Loaded the racks, I couldn't get the probe to stay in the meat.....Hmmmmmm. Now come on that was funny!
Loaded the MES, which was preheated, to 275 degrees
The door is cracked, note the latch, to facilitate greater drying.
Yes sir and yes ma'am that is a fully open vent.... in the dewatering position! Two hours in the dewatering configuration at 275 degrees, dropped to 130 degrees for two more hours. That is 4 hours total, with 4 hours of pecan smoke. Looks nice... and that aroma! Ooo la la!
yes, I am smelling my hands again... and I LOVE IT!!!!
Too much smoke is easy to do with jerky be light handed with the smoke. BUT these are not done yet! Three more hours in the dehydrator to get those pesky little clinky bits of moisture. This is when you start watching it close after two to ensure you pull it at the best time. Sorry I couldn't get a probe in it.
OK, note the white spider webs? Thats how I know the meat is done, I want it dry enough to never need refrigeration, soft enough to be as tender as possible. Allowing it to set and mellow on the counter over night for oils and will throw in a ziploc and let set some more in the bag, maybe a week or two, to really mellow.
Thats smoked jerky, plain, simple, easy, delicious, and great for when the zombies attack.
Its nothing to be scared of, its just all manual, no alarms, set points, or electronics.
Try it when you can, everytime write what you used for your cure. You'll hit one that just drives people wild.
Edited by Foamheart - 7/31/14 at 9:31pm