More advanced and tasty recipes I use call for some smoking, which could be done over a fire using any type of hardwood like apple, hickory, mesquite, alder, cherry, etc
I will pull out my 30+ year old Little Chief Smoker, I like to point out that you don't need a lot of high tech shit to make decent smoked meat, this was $20 when I purchased it and is now maybe about $100
You need to dilute the mixture of these types of sauces/marinades by at least 3:1 if you like it REALLY strong and you can easily go 5:1 if you want the flavor but still like to taste the meat, i.e. with a nasty rutting buck go 3:1 and with a spike or a doe you can easily go 5:1 or even more.
Soak the meat overnight and dry on the dehydrator and share with your friends, it really is good.
08-04-2013, 11:11 PM
Last point which I put separately so you won't miss it, if you like "spicy" jerky don't mess around with hot sauce, or exotic peppers in your brines. Just sprinkle regular pepper on them before drying/smoking, heavy for that really good kick or light for a twinge of hotness.
Seriously anything other than regular table pepper will ruin more batches of jerky than it is worth, trust me I've tried. :razz:
08-05-2013, 12:11 AM
You know, the custom on this forum is to hold a drawing for an 8 ounce sample.
08-19-2013, 10:50 PM
My dad used a Little Chief Smoker while I was growing up, I still drool thinking about it! I just use a dry rub packet, and let the meat refrigerate for a day before dehydrating. I like my jerky pretty darn thin, so I go to my local butcher who cuts it for me. I have cut my own of course, but they have good prices and are a bunch of nice people. I actually just did a batch this afternoon, most of it for my husband to take to his base as a treat for his friends there. I absolutely love making our own jerky, I can't remember the last time I bought it from a store.
10-01-2013, 11:57 AM
Great read and thanks for the tips thinking of buying a dehydration unite as i love jerky and it is so darn expensive in the store... and thanks for the photos us visual learners love pictures..