Hey folks, looking for a good savory marinade that's not the usual soy/Worcestershire stuff. I kinda hate that flavor, but every recipe I see is soy and Worcestershire :/. I've been making jerky back to back for 2 weeks, getting good at the texture now. Yesterday I even tried a backwards method for the fun of it (experimenting!), to get it more tender and it worked great. I got the smoker to 220, then put the jerky in, then went down instead of starting low and going up. The jerky came out really tender like that Oberto brand stuff.
But, the flavors, I've tried a store brand and two of the high mountain ones, all of them are so peppery your lips end up on fire after a couple pieces. I want that nice flavor that some like Jack Link has, it's more of a 'savory meat kinda sweet hickory' flavor rather than spicy.
Doing a lot of reading online and I think I'm trying to make more of a Kippered Jerky where it's more tender and moist over dried out leathery jerky.
Most of those packaged ones seem like they have a coating on them.
Check this video out, this inspires me. (what's that powder, what's that liquid!)
I noticed on some packaged jerky's it has Beef Stock and sugar listed as the number one ingredients. Tried that but it was bland, so I know their putting something else in the besides that isn't just onion or garlic, what is it???
Thanks for any thoughts!