My first try

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Original poster
Jan 6, 2006
I took my first shot at jerky a couple weeks ago...when it was 60 degrees in January in Connecticut! Didn't think I'd have the chance to fire up my ECB 'till April at the earliest.
Anyway, it came out awesome. I used some london broil that was on sale for 1.79 a pound. Sliced it about 3/8" thick, gave a good hit of Montreal steak seasoning, put it in a ziplock and poored some teriaki marinade on it and zipped it up overnight. The next day I put about 8 strips of meat per wooden scewer about 1 inch from the end. This allowed me to feed the strips through the grate and hang about 8 pounds of meat in the smoker. About 4 hours at 200-ish (my ECB fought me the whole time as it was a little windy) and it was done perfect. My fussy bottomed, 12 year old daughter even liked it! She said she "liked the way it makes it's own gravy when I chew it" Classic description I thought. My mouth is watering now thinking about it.
Way to go !!!! Sounds like yer an ol pro now. Makin its own gravy huh....guess that means you got some high quality mouth watering stuff...thats a funny and great description. Keep up the good work.
Wasn't too long ago I was supplying a whole neighborhood with jerky not to mention a Junior High School and a High School. And even though I get to enjoy my jerky more now I miss the "gang" in the backyard. So, bigmeatsmoking, you have a choice. Let your daughter take some to school and "suffer" the consequences or keep your secret to yourself. By the way...... when the kids are at your place you get to meet them and you know where your daughter is.

Good going and best of luck!
I have found that when I make jerky and my kids pass it out to the neighborhood kids and THEIR parents call me wanting some- I know it was a hit. Good going BIG!!

Thanks for the advice. Sounds like you've got a lot of wisdom on a subject near and dear to me. I was thinkin' more on the lines of a "Repunzel" approach but I'm worried the Supreme Court has something to say about that. What do you think they'd say if I super glued a lowjack to her ankle?

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