Dry cured pork jerky

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by crankybuzzard, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've had some pork jerky made by others in the past and liked it, but I've never made any myself. So, Sunday night I started a batch.

    I wanted to do a couple of things different this time, I wanted to dry cure prior to smoking and drying, and I wanted to slice the meat thicker than usual.

    I had an 8 pound pork loin in the frig and began slicing pieces 1/4-3/8" thick until I had just a tad over 5 pounds of sliced pork.

    I mixed up the following dry cure and applied to the meat.

    1 tsp cure #1
    5 Tbs Brown Sugar
    2.5 Tbs Smoked kosher salt
    5 tsp Garlic Powder
    5 tsp Onion Powder
    5 tsp course ground Black pepper
    5 tsp. Worcestershire powder
    1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less if desired)

    I put the mixed ingredients into a shaker bottle and covered one side of the meat. I allowed the meat to sit for a minute or so before flipping.

    After coating both sides of all of the meat, I put all of the meat into a 1-gallon ziplock and put it in the frig for 72 hours. This afternoon, I came home, pulled the meat out of the bag, placed the meat on my "fancy" hangers, and stuck them into the smoker at 120 to dry a bit.

    Hickory smoke will begin soon in the Amazen tray, and the temp will bump to 130. I'll bump the temp up 10 degrees each hour until I hit 150, then it'll dry at that temp until I get back home later. Smoke stops after 3 hours or so.

    Heading back to work after I set the temp at 150 and will be back home around 11:00 PM central to check on it. If it isn't ready by then, I'll drop the temp to 120 and let it go until 6:00 AM tomorrow.

    Anyone see any holes in my plan?
     
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  2. c farmer

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

    Sounds good to me.

    I will be watchin
     
  3. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    I'm In [​IMG]
     
  4. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    :110: me too!
     
  5. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last teaser shot for a while, gotta go back to work, ugh!

    Looks good so far, smells great, and the surface is fairly dry... We shall see in a few hours when I return home.

     
  6. gravey

    gravey Smoke Blower

    Interested in how this turns out!
     
  7. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Looks good so far,I never had Pork Jerky.List never going to end

    Richie
     
  8. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Finished the jerky up this morning and took it inside for a taste test.  Oh yeah!  This WILL be made again ASAP since 2.41 pounds (final weight) just isn't gonna last long!

    This is fresh from the smokehouse



    After completely cooling, I pulled a piece apart to check the texture, spot on for me!



    So, 72 hours dry cure, 1.5 hours drying with no smoke (120°), 4 hours of smoke (130-150°), 8 hours no smoke (125°).

    You'll see this one being made again very soon!
     
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  9. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    CB you hit that out of the park.

    Thanks for sharing 

    Richie

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  10. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Richie!  You're correct, the list never ends does it?

    I brought some in to a couple of my coworkers and they are raving about it.

    Since this was my first go at a dry brine on jerky, and also a first for pork jerky, I just hope I can recreate it!
     
  11. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    NH
    CB, Nice looking jerky I will have to try this one ! [​IMG]
     
  12. twoalpha

    twoalpha Smoking Fanatic

    Looks Fantastic. [​IMG]

    I also been doing some experimenting with Pork Jerky and it's great.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  13. ndwildbill

    ndwildbill Smoke Blower

    That is some great looking pork jerky. [​IMG] Next time I find pork loin on sale, I know what I'm gonna be smoking!
     
  14. thesmokist

    thesmokist Meat Mopper

    awesome man! im gonna try to make some pork jerky myself. Kroger is having a sale right now on pork loins for 1.49 a lb I just bought 3 5 lb loins last day of the sale so I might have to buy a couple more. tomorrow pork butts go on sale for that same price
     

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