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Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by jim n iowa, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. jim n iowa

    jim n iowa Newbie

    When I became single again I returned to smoking FOOD. Jerky has always been a favorite and I used flank meat. It has increased in cost quite a bit over the years. A meat we used to use cooking down on the boarder hunting the white wing, was "skirt meat". At that time it was the cheapest form of beef any where in this country. I no longer can find it in local stores, as the Asian restaurants, and sports bars are using it as "Philly Sandwich's" So my ? is has any one tried it for jerky? It becomes very "chewy" when it cools down. Its the lining of the belly, and there is a inside skirt, and a outside skirt. Any butchers on board?
  2. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    we still get flank and skirt meat in Louisiana, but they ain't cheap. Everyone down here uses them for fajitas.
  3. jim n iowa

    jim n iowa Newbie

    Here in central Iowa the jerky is high priced for the commercial variety, and very little flavor for my tastes. I could buy a top sirloin at the "got-to sell-it-now" selection cheaper than a flank. What are good roasts for jerky?.
  4. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Jim-sorry I missed this post yesterday. I used to be a butcher and still help out a friend in his shop every twice and again just to keep my skills honed.

    Bottom Round Roast, Sirloin Tip Roast and any of the Rump Roast are good as these cuts are quite lean. They all have an outer layer of fat on them but once trim away and the silver skin trimmed off, it all lean.
  5. jim n iowa

    jim n iowa Newbie

    Thanks for the reply's, I am off to the meat market.
  6. willkat98

    willkat98 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Skirt was 4.99# in todays ad.

    I say, lets chip in and buy a cow and a pig.

    The we can have Earl use his butchering skills on them

    Dibs on the briskets!!
  7. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    I might be easy but I ain't cheap!!! :P
  8. buzzard

    buzzard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    im not sure what meat costs else where but i usually use bottom round from Sam's Club cause its only $2.44 per lb. it usually comes in a 5 to 6 lb roast. the last time i looked at flank steak it was like 5-6 dollars a lb. to much for my cheepness.

    i have thought about looking at other cuts of meats to see how the textures and flavors would change, but its hard to get past the price.