Turkey jerky Q-view

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by ats32, May 14, 2013.

  1. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    This is about 3.5 lbs of turkey breast cut into strips and chunks. It was such a tender turkey breast that a lot of it fell apart. Sliced last night, started the marinade this morning since it's a strong marinade I usually never go over 6-8 hours.

    1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce

    1/4 cup siracha

    1/4 cup honey

    2 tbs crushed pepper/pepper flakes

    After marinating...Place turkey on baking sheet, discard extra marinade, and pat dry the turkey with paper towel as much as possible.

    At this time I usually add more chili flakes and lightly press it into the turkey, this is optional but I like everything besides my beer HOT.

    Cook at 220F with no smoke for 1 hour and then drop temp to 150F for 2-3 hours with a light amount of smoke (I use apple). It's very easy to over smoke such small pieces of poultry.

    Always store in fridge and it will stay fresh for two weeks but it won't last more than a day.

     
    Last edited: May 14, 2013
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  2. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    Prep:


    On the MES40: It sure looks like a lot less once on the smoker...

     
  3. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    And there you have a couple strips pic.

     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great! trying to come up with some alternatives to beef jerky.
     
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Oh wow, that looks great! I have been looking for turkey thighs for jerky but this post shows breasts are obviously a good choice too. Thanks for the post.

    Disco
     
  6. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Good looking jerky!!!
     
  7. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Looks mighty fine to me!  Total success!
     
  8. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    Breasts are better...less fat so less time. It turns out great.
     
  9. ATS32...morning.....back in the spring I was googling smokehouses and reading on smoking meat. The article I read and NO I couldn't tell you where it is, But it said to start smoking your meat at UNDER 200 degrees. The article said that at temps over 200 cooks the outside of the meat and it can no longer absorb the smoke. Just thought I'd throw that out there, wish I could find the article I read........Doc told me to lay off the Junk Food and start eating protein, you can eat all the meat you want. HHMMMM.....I bet a bag of that Turk Jerk would make those long boring miles I drive a little easier....Looks Fantastic...

    SmokinMad
     
  10. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    I've never found a problem with getting turkey or chicken to absorb smoke. Actually, I lightly smoke anyway because it absorbs so much.
     
  11. Wow!! look like something that would be great while sitting in the deer stand. I put that on my "Things to Do List"
    Did you ever try to make any with a cure so it could be saved for a longer period?

    Almost wish I didn't click on the link. There goes the kitchen again... I can almost taste it from here. :biggrin:

    John
     
  12. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    I have never used a cure with turkey or chicken jerky because I usually never make a ton of it at once, I eat it too fast, and I keep it in the fridge.

    That's why the first hour is important to run at a higher temp so it comes up to a safe temp. Some may say it's a backwards way of making jerky but it's so damn good and I have never had somebody not like it so I'll stick to my methods! [​IMG]
     
  13. I kind'a thought that was the reason for the high temp at the start. I can see why it would be gone fast. :biggrin:

    I was thinking of buying severl of the turkey type roasts and doing up a big batch. We made deer jerky for many years and never used a cure because like your Turkey, it was a small batch and gone fast. The thinking back then was the Soy Sauce was a salt and made a cure but now with our larger batches, I use a cure. That looks so good that I can almost taste and smell it from here. I gave up smoking so gum and jurky is my go to thing for now.

    I just made some smoked tomatoes and my Q-Matz are soaking. I do all my jurky on those Q-Matz from Todd. Seem to save a lot of time. The wife works tomorrow so one quick trip to the store and I'll be making some smoked Turkey Jerky.. :yahoo:

    Thanks,

    John
     
  14. Darn, that was post #13... Can't stop there or I'll be in trouble ... I think it has to do with the mess in the kitchen. :biggrin:
     
  15. Since the doctor put me on meds I think I need to try the turkey jerky. Looks outstanding!
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013
  16. Old Bones...Howdy....Congrats on ditchin the Bad Smokes....lol....its tuff but can be done....my F-N-L, dad, quit cold turkey (not smoked. lol)  after 55 yrs. Of course the quad by pass helped....Way To Go....

    Ron
     
  17. Have you ever noticed, I have.  Most folks on this whole forum are above 30, most above 40 and up?  I do not think a single teenager or twenty something is on the forum. I guess they have not learned the low and slow method tastes so good.

    Turkey bacon is something I might attempt in the next week or two, reason being, Thanksgiving is this weekend here in Canada and we usually see some great turkey sales just after this holiday up here.
     
  18. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    Hey...I'm 30 and joined when I was 29! [​IMG]
     
  19. Thats because teens and twenty somethings dont cook...... They ask Whats For Dinner......lol....

    SmokinMad
     
  20. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    And have no patience. My 23-year old daughter is constantly telling me, "Your computer is SO SLOW!" It's only 2 years old. [​IMG]
     

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