Just getting started and looking for suggestions

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by mark williams, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. mark williams

    mark williams Newbie

    Hello fellow Jerky lovers. I'm looking to make my first batch of jerky. I have recently purchased a 9 tray Excalibur dehydrator. I have spoke too my local butcher and he will slice my bottom round to what ever thickness I desire. I think I have found a recipe I wanted to try called Island Cowboy.

    My questions are these.

    Whats the best thickness to have it sliced?

    Is it better to go with or against the grain?

    Do I have to use #1 cure or whatever it is called and where do I buy that from?

    If there are any other suggestions you can offer to make my first batch a success I will greatly appreciate it.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2015
  3. mark williams

    mark williams Newbie

    Thank you very much for the help.
  4. thechefslc

    thechefslc Newbie

    I have the same dehydrator and have made a TON of jerky on it.

    As for your thickness, i found that having it about 1/8 inch thick cut against the grain is about best. Using 4 middle racks with pieces of meat completely filling the trays, i found that normally it only takes 4-5 hrs to dry. A full dehydrator will take about 6-8 hrs to dry.

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