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New Toy for Christmas is it for real?

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by deejaydebi, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    I got this thing for Xmas - just got around to playing with it. It's called a Jerky Shooter. Apparently you make jerky out of hamburger or any ground up meat. Sounds weird to me anyone every hear of this? My sister found it someplace - looks like a glorified caulking gun. I'm not sure if this is one of those jokes from Spenser Gifts or if it's for real.

    I thought McDonalds made thin hamburgers this could put them outta business!


  2. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's for making jerky with ground meat...it's for real.
  3. vulcan75001

    vulcan75001 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    It's true...they are real... here is a link to Lem products...they have a large selection of items for sausage making /jerky etc...this link is for the jerky gun...just scroll down the page.. it's there...

    Have fun
  4. They make jerky alot easier to bite off, especially if ya overcook abit! :oops:
    Just put the marinate into the hamburger, not the other way around!
  5. DeejayDebi,
    I make ground meat jerky and snack stix with a jerky shooter, works great.

  6. dacdots

    dacdots Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Most of storebought jerky is made this way.Ive never subscribed to this method but looks eaisier and faster and Id guess you could get whatever taste you wanted out of it.I still perfer tissue jerky,seems to me to be a little more authentic plus I just love playing with my new slicer.David
  7. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Seems like hamburger would be awfully fatty for Jerky and fall apart. Guess I'll have to read the instructions - I thought it was a joke my brother-in-law is always teasing me about my endless quest for new DIYer hobbies.

  8. Well, ya wouldn’t use fatty bottom round for sliced jerky, stands to reason you would go for real lean ground meat (you could use venison, I do). Speaking of, anybody ever make pork jerky, like from the loin? :?
  9. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If you grind the meat yourself you can control the amount of fat in there.

    I for one have not done pork jerky, have not heard of it being done either
  10. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Now pork I'd be real worried about not cooking first. I can't picture hamburger holding together in thin strips. Gotta read the book I hope it came with.
  11. I recomend using 93/7 ground beef (93% lean, 7% fat) it cost more than hamburger but it works great for jerky.

  12. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Thanks Bluefrog I'll try that!
  13. buzzard

    buzzard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    i have the cheep version of the gun you have debbi, i want to upgrade to yours because i use it soooo much. everyone loves the flavor. matter of fact i am smoking some brisket right now and need something to do while im waiting to put on my next log. maybe a trip to the store is in my plans. thanks for the idea!!!!!
  14. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Gee maybe I should apologize to my sister for thinking this thing was a joke. Although the last joke I got they spent a week laughing at me trying to figure it out - maybe we're even?


  15. Dutch

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

    I have the Jerky Shooter, also. It great for when you don't have the time to slice up some top or bottom round for jerky but you have ground beef and jerky spices on hand and the kids are clamoring for some jerky. It's a nice addition to the Ronco dehydrator; :D
  16. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Dutch -

    Me and Ron are on a first name basis! I got 2 of his plastic dehydrators free to try out the spagetti machine before it hit the market. Even got the spaggeti machine free for 60 days and half price to keep it after.

    Now that he's "Big Time" I never hear from him. He didn't even warn me about the knife set - had to wait till it hit the TV! Sheesh!

  17. kueh

    kueh Meat Mopper

    I've used a jerky gun alot, along with food dehydrator. Yes, the ground beef jerky holds up very well and does not fall apart. I've used supermarket ground beef with no problems. Regular ground beef did sweat a bit of fat, while the lean and extra lean sweated about the same amount.

    I also used the commercial seasoning that came with the gun which gave good results. I ended up using my own recipe (after experimenting, not finding ready made seasoning).

    I've stopped making it, because it would never last long enough. Not that it spoiled, each batch disappeared before the next batch could get processed. Though now I have a smoker I might try it that way, just for experimentation.

    I just need to find a way of keeping it from disappearing.

    Oh, one note....get a larger gun....saves a lot of hassle reloading.
  18. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Kueh -

    Jerky always goes fast. I'll have to try that thing soon. I am super curious now. Just seems weird.

  19. smoked

    smoked Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've made jerky from ground beef for a very very long time...it never lasts long and I always get begged to make more....this is always done on my dehydrator. I never use a jerky gun, honestly the one I got is more hassle then good.....and as for my recipe....well that is one I don't give out, took me 10 years of trial and error to get it right so to get that recipe, well you really got to be special or know where it's hidden in the house :P
  20. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Hmmmmmm I always thought top secret recipes were either commercial products or a girl thing. I've always considered it an honor to be asked for a recipe. Eve with an exact recipe some times it just doesn't come out right for another person. (some people just can't cook)