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Jerky on pellet smoker

metsfan2152

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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?
 

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

5GRILLZNTN

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

metsfan2152

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

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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"!
 

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So if I kept at that temp I think it would be really bitter cause of too much smoke.
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.
 

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Yes i am using Prague Powder No.1
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
 

metsfan2152

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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
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.
 

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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
 

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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?
 

5GRILLZNTN

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

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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
 

metsfan2152

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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?
 

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Jerky freezes well. I vacuum seal mine in shirt pocket size pouches, and hide it in the freezer.
 

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