Originally Posted by Foamheart
Glad you found a smoker you will be happy with.
Just a thought here. Most homemade jerky (ducks and cringes as he says this) uses liquid flavor to achieve that smoke taste. Mt Pop always just used a dehydrator as I did until lately. If you want good jerky remember 3 things. First use a little cure to cover your backside. Next a light smoke, maybe 2 hours is usually best, long smokes leave your jerky tasting like an ashtray. Lastly never judge the taste of a cured smoked meat for 2 to 7 days AFTER its completed longer is better. IT tastes awful the next day, I have thrown away more delicious cured smoked meats than I care to guesstimate due to impatience. Keep those three things in mind and you'll be more happy with your results.
Good luck with your smoker, your jerky, but mostly with your patience.
Remember to take pictures AND take notes.
Thank you for the remarks. I used liquid smoke years ago and never really liked the taste. I'm sure you will agree, jerky smoked on a real smoker taste tremendously better than using Liquid smoke. I tried smoking it last year when I started smoking in general. My friends and family loved it so I will never use liquid smoke in my jerky ever again (Never Say Never!)
I normally dehydrate then smoke for 10 -20 minutes depending how hot the smoker is. Now with the new smoker I think I will try to complete the process start to finish in the electric smoker. 2 hours is about what I thought it would take. I will start looking at 1 1/2 hours, though I know the more I open the longer it will take. There will be a learning curve which I will have to figure out fast. I sell my jerky at a local farmers market. I don't want to chase away customers by changing the flavor.
So if i wait 2-7 days after smoking it will change the flavor? That sounds right. It will mellow the smoke taste, right?
Thanks for your comments.