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New to making jerky


Joined Feb 10, 2014
Hello everybody.  I'm new to the board and to making jerky.  I have been making jerky in my electric smoker for about 3 months and bought a dehydrator yesterday.  I smoked sliced goose breast and ground elk for 2 hours then put them in the dehydrator for about 3 hours.  Both turned out great and I will post pics later.

I work in the disaster restoration industry and used a thermo hygrometer to monitor the dehydration.  I was wondering if anyone else did this too?  I was also thinking of using my moisture meter to test the jerky dryness.  Has anyone done this and know if it works?


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Sep 25, 2007
I do do the bend test.

  • You want it to crack with the grain but not against the grain. 



followed by a taste test


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