Beef and Pork Jerky with Q View

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by isucyclone, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. isucyclone

    isucyclone Fire Starter

    I treated myself to a new meat slicer last week. Got the Chef's Choice 615 after reading many reviews of it on the forums. Decided to make some jerky for it's inaugural run.

    Started with a Sirloin Tip Roast, and I had about 2lbs of a pork loin in the freezer so I decided to try pork jerky...I had never had it.

    Beef roast:


     Trimmed and separated the muscles:


    Sliced and ready for some flavor:


    I made three flavors but only used 2 of them for the pork (Teriyaki and Black Pepper). Recipes were modified from various members here, mainly these two threads; 1, 2. I wanted to try a Tapatio based flavor, so I made one up using common ingredients from other recipes.  Trimmed and sliced I had 7.5 lbs of beef (2.5lbs/flavor) and 2 lbs of pork.  Here are the recipes. I converted measurements based on the amount of meat I had with the Tender Quick being the most critical to be accurate with.

    Black Pepper

    for 5lbs meat

    1 C Soy Sauce

    2 oz Worcestershire sauce

    2 T ground black pepper

    1 T Garlic powder (I used minced garlic from a jar)

    1 tsp Cayenne powder

    1.5 tsp Tender Quick per lb of meat

    Teriyaki Jerky

    for 5 lbs meat

    10 oz Soy sauce

    4 oz Worcestershire sauce

    2 T chopped garlic

    2 tsp fresh black pepper

    1 C brown sugar

    2 tsp fresh chopped Ginger (I used powdered ginger)

    3 finely-chopped Scallions (I used chives from my garden)

    2 tsp -1 T Sesame oil

    1.5 tsp Tender Quick per lb of meat

    Tapatio Maple Jerky

    for 1 – 1.5 lbs meat

    1/2 C Tapatio

    1/4 C Real maple syrup

    1/4 C brown sugar

    2 tsp chopped garlic

    1 tsp onion powder

    1 tsp red pepper flakes

    1 tsp coarse black pepper

    1.5 tsp Tender Quick per lb of meat

    The flavorings:


    Sorry, not many pics of the pork...it was kind of an afterthought once I got going.

    Left to marinate for 2 days in the fridge then on to the Masterbuilt.  I smoked it at the lowest I could get the smoker which ended up right around 160 (perfect!). As you can see I put a landscaping block (wrapped in foil so as to not get it all greasy....it needs to go back where it came from eventually...) in the water pan just to help maintain temps through multiple door openings.  Smoked with apple wood chunks. I started them with a propane torch since heat was so low, but turned out I probably didn't need to.  No chance all of it was fitting in at once so here is the first batch. About 1/4 of the total.


    After 12 solid hours of smoking (take jerky out, add more, repeat) here are the results. Each rack I put in probably took ~ 4 hours.



    I ended up with 4.5 lbs of total jerky from ~9.5 lbs trimmed and sliced meat.  It turned out excellent! Recipes taste great. The Tapatio flavor has a nice heat, but not too much.  The only thing I plan to do differently next time, is lay it all flat on the grates and not hang it over. I was trying to save space, but you end up with jerky that is folded in half, and sometimes I had to go in and separate pieces from each other as they were sticking and not getting dried.

    I put each batch in a paper bag and closed loosely and let them sit on the counter until vacuum sealing. It ended up being two days until I got it packaged up, but the jerky is even better after sitting.

    All packaged up and ready for storage! I packaged it in ~3oz packages. Perfect for snacking.


    Now I can't wait for deer hunting season this fall so I can make venison jerky!

    Thanks for looking!
     
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  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great lookin jerky.
     
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking jerky! I have been thinking about making pork jerky too. May give some a try next time I make some.
     
  4. isucyclone

    isucyclone Fire Starter

    Yeah, the pork was great. And at under $2/lb for a pork loin, that beats the price of beef. Much easier to slice too...just trim a little fat off the surface.
     
  5. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    ICC, Nice looking jerky and a great post ! [​IMG]
     
  6. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Really nice job and great Qview!

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  7. How would you slice a pork loin for jerky? Make thin jerky "discs" or cut the loin into thirds or quarters then slice it off the top into strips?

    I want to so this too, just finished my last bag of the neighbors venison jerky. I think the pork in your Tapatio/Maple marinade could be pretty amazing.

    BIG fan of the Tapatio! [​IMG]
     
  8. isucyclone

    isucyclone Fire Starter

    The loin I used was smaller so I just sliced it into "discs". It worked well for me, but you could cut the whole thing in half the long way then slice it if you want.

    Let me know how it turns out if you try it!
     
  9. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Assuming you're asking whether to cut with or against the grain, either will work depending on how tender your want it. With the grain will give you more of a "snap back"!
     

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