I always did sliced marinated meat for my jerky in the past and the wife has a great secret recipe but it calls for something akin to a witches brew so I decided to try the easy way for the new toy. I just bought the big LEM Jerky Cannon from Academy Sports and am going to try a batch of jerky using the Backwoods Original Jerky seasoning that came with the cannon. I'm using 5# of 97% lean ground beef from Wally World and since I never was one to leave things alone I improvised a bit. The package calls for 5 oz of water mixed with the seasoning and cure packet. Since this is going directly in the dehydrator and not on the smoker I added an ounce of hickory flavored liquid smoke to 4 oz of water hoping to get a bit of smoke flavor out of it even if is the fake kind. I also added a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to add some heat since I find most packaged mixes a bit on the mild side. The directions didn't call for any dwell time but I put in a covered container in the fridge for a night. I'll try to get it in the dehydrator tomorrow and hope for a decent jerky. Wish me luck!