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Jerky on pellet smoker

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by metsfan2152, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. metsfan2152

    metsfan2152 Smoke Blower

    Hey guys new to make jerky.
    I am going to be trying beef jerky on my pellet smoker. I know there are a couple of threads on here about this but just want to get some more specifics.

    What i am going to try to do since my smoker does not get down real low is smoke it on the lowest settings (High smoke settings) which is about 180 for an 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Then i am going to increase the heat up a bit so it does not get much smoke anymore.
    From my understanding its not jerky at this point cause I am cooking it?

    Would also like to give credit to sandyut for the recipe and method.

    Anyone have any advise or suggestions?
     
  2. smokerjim

    smokerjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    can't you smoke it for a hour or so and finish in the oven at a lower temp, just my 2cents
     
  3. 5GRILLZNTN

    5GRILLZNTN Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I would just keep it on that 180 setting until the jerky is done to your liking.
     
  4. metsfan2152

    metsfan2152 Smoke Blower

    Yes you could do that what temp would you do in the oven 170?
     
  5. metsfan2152

    metsfan2152 Smoke Blower

    The issue with that is with the pellet grills the lower the temp usually u have more smoke.
    So if I kept at that temp I think it would be really bitter cause of too much smoke.
     
  6. 5GRILLZNTN

    5GRILLZNTN Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I've made several batches of jerky using my RecTec pellet smoker set at around 180 until they were done, and never had a bitter taste. You might want to try finishing some of your jerky in the smoker, some in the oven, and see which taste better to you. "Practice makes Perfect"!
     
  7. bregent

    bregent Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's REALLY hard to over smoke anything with a pellet grill. Just keep it running at the lowest setting. 180 is on the high side for jerky, so sometimes I transfer it to my dehydrator. But usually, I just let it ride at 180.
     
  8. metsfan2152

    metsfan2152 Smoke Blower

    I have a Rec tec to so I guess I can try that.
    How long does it take normally 4-5 hours?
     
  9. smokerjim

    smokerjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    140-150 should do the trick, are you using a cure in your jerky
     
  10. metsfan2152

    metsfan2152 Smoke Blower

    Yes i am using Prague Powder No.1
     
  11. smokerjim

    smokerjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ok you should be good to go, like mentioned above finish 1/2 in the smoker 1/2 in the oven see what you like the best either way the two will be tasty
     
  12. metsfan2152

    metsfan2152 Smoke Blower

    Thanks. I will try that. I am guess 4-5 hours maybe longer in the oven cause of the lower temp. I believe the lowest my oven goes is 170.
     
  13. smokerjim

    smokerjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    not sure how long it will take, you'll have to give it the bend test and dry until you get to your liking, good luck
     
  14. metsfan2152

    metsfan2152 Smoke Blower

    Will do thanks for the advise.
     
  15. metsfan2152

    metsfan2152 Smoke Blower

    Just an update it came out good. The oven one came out better but i believe i overcooked the smoker one. Seem to snap and a little to tough for me. So i need to just take it off earlier. The oven came out good. Thanks for the help.

    Question I have had them on the cooling rack for 3-4 hours, Whats the best way to store them? I heard putting them in a brown paper bag?

    Whats the like lifespan of how long it last if in the fridge?
     
  16. 5GRILLZNTN

    5GRILLZNTN Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Brown bag in the fridge works, but I never worry about lifespan. Any time I make jerky it's usually gone in a week.
     
  17. smokerjim

    smokerjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I usually put it in Ziploc bad, but as grillzn said above it usually doesn't last to long, i've had it up to a month with no problems i'm sure it will last a lot longer, maybe someone will chime in who stores it longer, i'm guessing you could probably freeze it but don't hold me to that
     
  18. metsfan2152

    metsfan2152 Smoke Blower

    Thanks guys. With the teriyaki recipe it seems like they are a little wet. If i put them in the paper bag should it absorb the moisture?