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Pit Boss - over-smoked jerkey?

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by SGaron, May 18, 2019.

  1. SGaron

    SGaron Newbie

    i have a PitBoss series 5. I made a batch of jerky using Bear’s method (long drying process with small increases in temp). However because even the lowest temp produces smoke it resulted in an over-smoked taste (but excellent texture). How do I reduce the smoke flavour? Do I just empty the hopper an run the until without pellets until the last hour or so? I’m worried that might damage the unit? Thoughts?
     
  2. Holly2015

    Holly2015 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    IF you have a dehydrator smoke the meats for a while then transfer to the dehydrator to finish. If you don't have a dehydrator there are some very effective very cost effective options out there.
     
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  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you empty the hopper. What temp will your Pellet smoker get to with No Pellets?

    Once you get the jerky to 160 and have enough smoke on it, you can finish it in a low oven, door cracked an inch or so. You can even stack the drying racks on a table in front of a fan...JJ
     
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  4. mike243

    mike243 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Smoke for 1 hr or whenever you feel you have enuf smoke then turn temp up on smoker as it makes less smoke the higher you go. You might try a higher temperature to begine with, just remember o pellets no smoke or heat lol
     
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mike, sounds like a good idea, but going above the Smoke temp on a Pellet Smoker, about 180, will Cook the meat not dehydrate it. It will taste good but not exactly Jerky...JJ
     
  6. metsfan2152

    metsfan2152 Smoke Blower

    I am going to try this, this weekend see how it comes out. What actually would you consider it cooked beef sticks haha. If it does not come out good i may look into picking up a dehydrator.
     
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Start a new thread with your procedure. Should be interesting...JJ
     
  8. metsfan2152

    metsfan2152 Smoke Blower

    Will do.
     
  9. bregent

    bregent Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hmmm, what's the temperature outside today? :)