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FIRST TRY AT JERKY

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by SmokinAl, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    After seeing all the jerky threads, I had to give it a try & make some myself.

    Honestly I have never been a big fan of jerky, just because of all the chewing you have to do.

    Or maybe it's possible that I've never had good jerky before.

    Anyhow I decided for my first try I would do ground beef jerky. It seemed to me that it wouldn't be as chewy.

    So here we go.

    I only did a one pound batch for a test run.

    I got some seasoning from TSM, but it was for venison. I didn't think it would matter.

    I used 96/4 super lean ground beef and the appropriate amount of cure #1.


    Mixed it up real well with the KA blender.


    After it was mixed I wrapped it in plastic wrap & refrigerated it overnight.


    Of course I had to get a new toy. This is fun stuff!


    That's it, a 1 pound batch ready for the smoker.


    Into the MES set at 145 degrees.


    I filled one row & just an inch of the second row of my AMNPS with hickory pellets.


    I'm getting some nice TBS!


    Looks good so far!


    Talk about a perfect burn, it lasted about 3 1/2 hours & never went out.


    I kept the jerky in the smoker for 4 hours.


    All done & ready to eat.


    I was pleasantly surprised at the flavor & texture. Judy & I both really liked these things.

    I don't go on hunting, fishing, or camping trips anymore, so I can't use them for snacks in the woods.

    BUT, they make excellent snacks for Happy Hour!!  [​IMG]

    I don't think they will last too long so another batch will be coming soon.

    Thanks to all you jerky guys for inspiring me to make these!

    And thanks for looking!

    Al
     
  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    AL, looks like you nailed it! Good jerky is something I love to eat and you're spot on about happy hour snacks!

    I can't point from my phone for some
    Reason, but I tried!
     
  3. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Al,

    Very nice for a first try.  Someday I want to try a beef jerky.
     
  4. tropics

    tropics Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Al I have been using my Jerky Cannon for sausage never made jerky with it LOL points I may just have to do some

    Richie
     
  5. smokin jay

    smokin jay Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great Al! That jerky gun is cool! Cheers 🍻
     
  6. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looks great Al, that is some super lean you've got there.

    I have one of those jerky guns too, mine only has on nozzle.

    You got the double barrel! Guess we best not mess with you and a double barrel jerky gun!
     
  7. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks a lot fellas!

    It is much appreciated!

    Al
     
  8. SFLsmkr1

    SFLsmkr1 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Dang nice jerky there Al.

    I know the way now to Sebring   [​IMG]
     
  9. Looks good Al! I have an MES 30 and have a hard time keeping my AMZN lit
     
  10. crazymoon

    crazymoon Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    SA, Looks like you've been making jerky for years by the looks of that batch ! points!
     
  11. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Rick!

    Stop by anytime!

    Al
    Thank you,

    I think there are 2 things that keep the tray lit.

    1. Getting it lit well.

    2. Getting plenty of airflow.

    I light mine with a torch through the hole in the end & let it burn about 10 minutes before blowing it out.

    I really get a good fire going. The end of the tray is usually red hot. 

    But be careful you don't ignite the second row.

    I also take out the chip holder, and the chip loader to get better air flow.

    I also put a can on the exhaust to act as a chimney to draw the smoke out.

    Hope this helps!

    Al
    Thanks CM!

    I appreciate it!

    Al
     
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice Al...  Looks good... probably tastes better than the pictures....    You're an expert now.....

    Dave
     
  13. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Dave!

    No expert here, but it did taste darn good!

    Al
     
  14. Thanks Al! Ill give this a try. I just put 5 lbs of Venison Summer Sausage along with 5 lbs of Teriyaki Snack Sticks on my MES.
     
  15. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Good luck & let me know how it turns out!

    Al
     
  16. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Looks good Al! I'm not a big fan of ground beef jerky, but the boys like it. My sous chef has been bugging me about making a batch soon. last batch or ground we made with chicken thighs. Ground pork loin would work too.
     
  17. WaterinHoleBrew

    WaterinHoleBrew Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Tasty lookin jerky Al, great Happy Hour snacks for sure ! Thumbs Up
     
  18. gary s

    gary s SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    A little late, But those look really good I never tried using ground meat Hmmmm !   Great Job as usual AL   [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Gary
     
  19. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Case!

    I like the idea of using a pork loin & that may be my next batch.

    I happen to have on in the freezer.

    Al
    Thanks Justin!

    Yea us old folks gotta have our Happy Hour!

    Al
    Thank you Gary!

    I thought I would like the texture a little better since the grinder already chewed it up for me.

    Plus I got to play with a new toy!

    Al
     
  20. Looks good, Al. And as amazing as they look, that jerky gun looks like a total blast! I would have never imagined. I love reading your posts, suggestions, and support. Thanks from a new guy, and enjoy the jerky!