I always did sliced marinated meat for my jerky in the past and the wife has a great secret recipe but it calls for something akin to a witches brew so I decided to try the easy way for the new toy.
I just bought the big LEM Jerky Cannon from Academy Sports and am going to try a batch of jerky using the Backwoods Original Jerky seasoning that came with the cannon.
I'm using 5# of 97% lean ground beef from Wally World and since I never was one to leave things alone I improvised a bit.
The package calls for 5 oz of water mixed with the seasoning and cure packet.
Since this is going directly in the dehydrator and not on the smoker I added an ounce of hickory flavored liquid smoke to 4 oz of water hoping to get a bit of smoke flavor out of it even if is the fake kind.
I also added a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to add some heat since I find most packaged mixes a bit on the mild side.
The directions didn't call for any dwell time but I put in a covered container in the fridge for a night.
I'll try to get it in the dehydrator tomorrow and hope for a decent jerky.
Wish me luck!