Hi, Guys: I live in Chicago, Illinois - and I am glad to have found this Forum. Many of you seem to be quite knowlegable about this stuff, so I am eager to learn this ancient craft from you venerable masters !!! Many of my friends have been working the Atkins (Low-Carb) diet, in an effort to lose the weight that seems to sneak up on many of us during middle-age. Beef jerky seems to be perfectly suited to the plan - as it delivers a strong "flavor-fix", and helps curb the appetite between meals. Unfortunately, the most readily available options in the pre-packaged market, seem to be limited to "Regular", "Peppered", and "Terryaki". These flavors are great for the occassional snack, but I suspect that there is a world of flavors that could be experimented with, to make jerky more exciting, and provide the variety that would satify someone who wants to enjoy jerky on a daily basis. I am aware that there is exotic "game" jerky available - but that is way beyond my research budget, as I am still very new to this. Also, I know nothing about "smoking" meats, but it appears from reading some of the treads, that this is a subject that will soon catch my interest. I look forward to conversing with each of you fine people, as I work to expand my knowledge of this most ancient and worthy craft.