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Old 04-20-2008, 08:38 PM   #1
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jerky ... no end in sight

I blame it all on Puff. He gave me a sample of his venison jerky, and Jody and I doled it out slowly, in miserly portions, so it'd last. Really great stuff. But it ran out.

Hi Mountain gave me quick service on a Jerky Maker's Variety Pack ("5 Delicious Flavors") and a 13 1/2" square jerky screen. (If you're a whiz at plane geometry, you can calculate the circumference of a WSM, which the screen just fits.) Safeway had a special on 1/4"-thin-sliced round, so I bought 2 packages totaling 2.25 lbs, which I trimmed of fat -- and discovered that I'd inattentively bought both round and chuck, but no matter. (The round is the regular strips, the chuck is the funky-shaped stuff, which I divided into pieces following the connective tissue.) Then I sprinkled both sides of the meat with the combined seasoning and cure (2 1/3 Tbsp total), after which I tumbled it all together in a bowl to help even the distribution. Then it went into a ZipLoc bag for 27 hours or so in the refrigerator.



The screen full of jerky is just coming off the smoker, after ~2 hrs at ~200 with a couple of fistsful of chipped hickory (thanks BchrisL). The last pic is after and before, the same finished jerky on the left and the second batch ready to go on the smoker.



It's really good. I cut two small strips into 8 pieces and Jody took them to our neighbors who were outside grilling something. I think the neighbor lady would follow me anywhere now.

--John
(I started with the Original blend seasoning. There's enough left for another 2 lb., but I'll save it for later. The other flavors in the Variety Pack are Mesquite, Hickory, Cracked Pepper 'n Garlic, and Cajun.)
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Looks great Unity, They sell Hi mountain stuff at Academy sports
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You've created a monster John, now you have to keep doing it.
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Looking good! I have a slab of venison from a deer that Andy shot in the freezer this winter. I think I might just see if I can make some too.

Maybe I might sneak a little sliver one day soon. nudge nudge, Know what I mean, know what I mean?

I have some apple chips I will bring over along with the tools I mentioned in another forum.

I used the chips on the ribs my son in law cooked Saturday, and they sure made a tasty rib.
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Originally Posted by John A.
You've created a monster John, now you have to keep doing it.
That became clear very quickly.

--John
(I'm already set for the next 18 lbs ... )
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:30 AM   #6
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Looks very good John. I expect a traveling stash in September.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:43 AM   #7
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That looks great.
Nice job John.
It's nice getting blamed for something good.
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Looks good Blame Puff
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Looks great John! Anytime you can blame Puff is good!
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Wow that looks great. I really need to try some jerky soon as I absolutely love the stuff. Thanks for sharing.
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