Venison Backstrap Dried Beef

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by bearcarver, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Venison Backstrap Dried Beef

    My Son gave me this Backstrap about 2 weeks before my Open Heart Surgery, so it's been sitting in the freezer nearly 2 years. Since it was in Vacuum Sealed bags it was just like new.
    There isn't very much, because it was from a small Doe (under 100 pounds), however I was totally out of Dried Beef, so I needed to get some done.

    Day #1 (Prepping & Curing):
    Thaw, Rinse, Dry----6 pieces-----Total 3 pounds 13 ounces.
    Split in half to fit in Gallon Zip-locks, weigh, and measure proper amount of TQ.
    Rub 1/2 ounce of TQ and 1 TBS of Brown Sugar per pound of meat, and put in Zip-Locks.
    Be sure to pick up any TQ that fell off before going into bag, and put it in the bag with the meat it fell off of. That will keep the proper amount of TQ per pound in the bags.
    These pieces were only a little more than 1" at the thickest point, so I only put them in my curing fridge for 6 days @ 37*--38*. I also flip the packages over every afternoon.

    Day #7 (Prep for Smoking):
    Remove pieces from bags, rinse, and soak in cold water to remove surface salt.
    Cut a couple slices from middle of the thickest piece to check that cure got to center, and to do a salt-fry test.
    No salt flavor at all, so Dry pieces & sprinkle with CBP, Garlic powder, and Onion powder.
    Put all pieces on a grill rack, and put rack in fridge overnight to start pellicle.

    Day #8 (Smoking Time):
    6:45----------------Pre-heat MES 40 to 150*.
    7:00----------------Put rack with meat in 2nd position in MES 40. Also Fill AMNS with Hickory Sawdust, and light one end.
    8:00----------------Put Well lit AMNS on bars in bottom left of MES.
    9:00----------------Insert Maverick meat probe in thickest piece. Internal Temp is 117*.
    10:00--------------Internal Temp is 122*.
    11:00--------------Internal Temp is 124*.
    12:00--------------Internal Temp is 126*.
    1:00----------------Internal Temp is 127*. Bump heat up to 170*.
    2:00----------------Internal Temp is 140*.
    3:00----------------Internal Temp is 149*. Bump heat up to 190*.
    4:00----------------Internal Temp is 156*.
    4:30----------------Internal Temp is 162*. AMNS stopped smoking ---Burned out.
    5:00----------------Turn off Smoker & remove pieces. Internal temps ranged from 158* to 169*.

    Allow to cool to about 100*, and put in a bowl in fridge uncovered for 2 days.
    Put in freezer for 4 hours before slicing, and then slice very thin, across grain.

    Eat some----Freeze the rest in Vacuum sealed bags.

    This stuff is Awesome, and could not tell it from Beef Dried Beef.

    Enjoy the Pics,

    Pieces from 2 Backstraps from a small Whitetail:

    Pieces weighed & Tender Quick measured:

    Pieces in Zip-Locks with TQ and Brown Sugar, ready for Fridge:

    Pieces cured & test slices cut. Deep red in center shows complete cure penetration:

    Frying up test slices:

    My favorite part----Taste testing-----No salt flavor at all:

    All ready for Fridge to start pellicle over night:

    My AMNS filled with Sawdust & one end lit:

    Picture taken from my Smoker while I wait. Just mowed for the 11th time this year:

    All Done & my AMNS is burned out (bottom left):


    Partially frozen ready for slicing:

    All sliced up. Not much, but it'll hold me for a little while:

    Close-up of one dish of sliced goodness:
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2017
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  2. Wow, making me hungry,

    Gary S
  3. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great. Was it tender?

    Do you only like it cooked? Haven't you tried cold smoked?

    Is backstrap the tenderloin?
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2014
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You!!

    It gets sliced very thin as lunch meat, so it wouldn't matter if it wasn't tender. This stuff melts in your mouth.

    There would be no reason to cold smoke Dried Beef, unless you then warm or hot smoke it to at least 150 to finish it, because I wouldn't want to cook it before eating it.

    The best way to eat this is as a cold lunch meat in fresh white bread with Mayo or MW, American Cheese, & Horse Radish.

    Yes it is the Tenderloin, and it is normally sliced, and then butterflied & grilled as steaks, however Beef steaks are much better than Deer steaks IMHO, but Beef Dried Beef is not better than Venison Dried Beef. IMHO

  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Gary!!!

    However I'm betting you're like me----Always Hungry!!

  6. Pretty much, warming pulled pork from Friday, Baked beans and slaw    for supper

    Gary S
  7. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good will need to try this when I gather up an extra deer
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup---I could eat that at least three times a week!!

  10. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good Bear. I'm with you, I made about 15lbs of the stuff from the hind quarters 2 weeks ago, & been eating it fried with eggs for breakfast at least 3 times a week. 

    Hey, atomicsmoke !  I think Bear may be a little dizzy from all the smoking he does. The back straps are from the deer loin, located between the hide and the spine. The tenderloin is located between the inside of the spine and the gut sack.
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  11. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks awesome! nice job. Gonna do this for sure.
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Thanks SB59---You're right, and the Backstraps (loins) are quite some bigger than the Tenderloins, just like Pork Loins, as opposed to Pork Tenderloins. I'm a little rusty---Been quite some years since my Son took over the Deer Harvesting.

    Sorry about that, Atomicsmoke!!

  13. sb59

    sb59 Smoking Fanatic

    Not a big thing Bear! You were probably thinking of your next smoke while you typed. Your step by steps should be mandatory reading for newbies on the site!
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---Thanks for the kind words!!

    As soon as you caught me I thought of all the times I told people to use Pork Loins, not Tenderloins for CB-----The ones that are almost 2' long & weigh about 10 pounds.

    Ever since my Surgery, my thinker doesn't work right all the time. It's OK most of the time, but not all the time.

    That's why I like guys keeping an eye on what I say. I hate giving wrong answers!!!

    Last edited: Jul 9, 2014
  15. 2010ultra

    2010ultra Smoke Blower

    gasp how could you use those succulent backstraps for dried beef. i almost cried when i saw that lol. i always cook mine whole on the grill wrapped in bacon. 
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  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I thought I explained that.

    I've been eating Deer every way you can for about 60 years, and in my opinion, the only way Deer is better than Beef is Dried Beef & Burger (mixed with Pork).

    You can eat your Deer Steaks---I'll take a Prime Rib or Ribeye way before any Deer, even with 5 pounds of Bacon trying to cover it.

  17. 2010ultra

    2010ultra Smoke Blower

    rofl i hear ya bear, just had to rib ya a little. looks awesome im gonna have to try it.
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---I figured you might be.

    This was actually the first time I ever used Backstraps for Dried Beef.

    I usually use Hind Quarters, and before I had a smoker we always got our Hind Quarters processed into Venison Dried Beef.

    Here's one from the Hind Quarters:

  19. Oh Bear, that looks so delicious! Just the color of the meat even was so enticing!

    And then your great work! And impressive yard!

    Such delicious stuff to see!!!

    Cheers! - Leah
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Sir!!

    Thank You Leah!!

    I appreciate the compliments.


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