Cuts of meat for jerky

Discussion in 'UK Smokers' started by kiska95, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Hi
    Chatting today with my butcher mate about jerky and mentioned that the last lot I did was with Jeffs recommendation of eye of the round or salmon cut from the sirloin as we call it and I was well pleased. Well out of his fridge he produces chuck tenders or poor mans fillet as he called it and what a reve
    lation no trimming needed and @ £5 per KG not bad priced
    Have a look and see what you think
     
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Bottom photo looks like what my butcher here in the states calls the eye of round! Oh the meat terminology game!
     
  3. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Yeah it looks very similar but it's not eye of the round or salmon cut as we call it in the uk. This needs no trimming where as the "eye" does. I actually watched my butcher prep both and they are in my fridge now lol!!
     
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmmm the eye cut here needs no trimming and looks just like that. Never heard of a salmon cut except from the fish.
     
  5. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking at doing Jerky in February. Will have to see if I can get that cut down here.
     
  6. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Hi Mr Sailor,

    Just different methods and names in each country.

    The Eye of the Round has to be cut from our Silverside cut or Top Round and needs some trimming of silver skin etc. here. But it looks just like a side of salmon, see my pictures above hence the name salmon cut in the UK
     
  7. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Hi Smokey,

    Happy New Year!!!

    Defo chuck tenders, 4 in a vac pack about 1.4KG each I took 2 @ £8.00 each  and the "Eye of the Round". The butchers sell it as lean diced steak. I am at my mates butchers every Tuesday now so learning loads
     
  8. smokewood

    smokewood Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    So If I go into the local butchers and ask for"eye of the round " he should know what I mean?

    I quite fancy giving the jerky a go, just never got round to it. What is Jeff's recipe ?
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2016
  9. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    No mate he will not that's what I have been explaining! The us have top and bottom round which is silverside and rump to me and you. The muscle in the silverside in known as the salmon cut in the uk or the American eye of the round. I got chuck tenders which are know as poor mans or Jewish fillet
    Hope that helps
     
  10. morrit

    morrit Fire Starter

    UK
    I made jerky just the other day. Wife bought me a dehydrator and I have to say it worked perfectly. I didn't really follow a recipe just the basic sciences. An acidic marinade with vinegar helps the meat absorb the flavour. I used Worcester sauce, teryaki sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, a drizzle of honey and a teaspoon of mace and chilli flakes. Smelled like Branston pickle. Marinaded for 24 hours and set it in the dehydrator for 6 hours. Was bloody lovely. First attempt was a great success so now it's time to play about with the recipe. I just used a cheap cut of silverside for mine. I'm making more tomorrow.
     
  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just a suggestion on your meat. I like others use Eye of Round, why? Because the grain is easily distingushed, what direction its going. I cut the meat not with the grain (thats stringy and really chewy) nor cross the grain (it makes it break into pieces and crumbles in your mouth). I don't know the proprer culinary name but its the opposite of pare-boiling. Pare-freezing? LOL

    Get it very firm, but not frozen then cut the meat at a long 45 degree angle for superior bite/chew with your jerky. No one can see the difference only you know it, but your jerky will be much more popular that the others guys.

    I looked at all my jerky threads, I could have sworn I had one showing the 45 degree cross angle cut.

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  12. smokewood

    smokewood Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Which dehydrator did you buy, It could be another gadget to play with !
     
  13. morrit

    morrit Fire Starter

    UK
  14. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Nice info Foamy I will try that!!!
     
  15. morrit

    morrit Fire Starter

    UK
    Oh yes. I used 2lb of beef and only half filled the amount of trays. Could probably dry about 2 to 2.5 kg of beef in one sitting. Made my last batch a bit too sweet however my cat seems to enjoy it!
     
  16. smokewood

    smokewood Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

  17. morrit

    morrit Fire Starter

    UK
    I'm so sorry for not replying! Only just saw this! Yes the trays are a bit flimsy but handled with care they will be just fine. I've made numerous batches of jerky now. All good fun!
     

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