First Time Smoking Jerky With new MES 30

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by mathman, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. mathman

    mathman Smoke Blower

    So I got my Christmas gift today. Mes 30 Gen 1. Seasoned it today.

    Tomorrow I'll be making jerky.

    5 lbs deer back strap cut to strips.
    This is my own creation of a recipe. I combined many recipes and created it. Hope it's ok.

    5 lbs meat
    1.5 tsp granulated garlic
    1 tsp salt per lb meat
    1/2 tsp cayenne powder
    2 tsp paprika
    1/2 tsp onion powder
    Lots of fresh ground pepper

    I seasoned it at 7:15pm today
    I'll start smoking at about 9:00am at 180*F for 2 hours with misquite wood chips. Then dry at 140*F till done.

    What do yall think about my recipe?
    What about my temps?

  2. mathman

    mathman Smoke Blower

    Its smoking at 150*F so I have it set at thst. I'll do it there for 2 hours and then turn it down some, without smoke.

    Hope it taste good.
  3. mathman

    mathman Smoke Blower

    I ended up smoking it at 180 for 3 hours. At 150 it stopped smoking.

    Now it's at 140. No smoke. Just drying.
  4. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You are probably going to get a few folks suggest using a cure in this recipe.
    Three hours at 180, I would have to say you cooked the meat not dried it.

    Hopefully it will come out like you like it.

    Keep us posted.
  5. mathman

    mathman Smoke Blower

    I know people say use cure. I just didn't think it needed it smoking at that temp.

    When I get my AMNPS I'll do it at low temp and use cure.

    How do I know if it is cooked or dryed?
  6. mathman

    mathman Smoke Blower

    Turned out horrible. I'll be throwing it away.

    Maybe second try will be a charm.
  7. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Taste wise horrible or dried out horrible ?? I think you would be better doing a wet brine and let the meat soak for 24-48 hrs.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2014
  8. mathman

    mathman Smoke Blower

    It taste ok. It's just kindof soft. Like cooked steak. Could I dehydrate it to make it more crisp?

    It's not what I'm used to.
  9. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Definitely wasn't dried and as SQWIB says sounds like   you cooked it .No idea about dehydrating it now ??  Hit the search bar at the top and check out all the jerky recipes and methods for your second batch. Don't give up because homemade jerky is the best !
  10. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm not going to go into all the processes. But many folks run it at 160 for a little bit then dry at a lower heat. It don't take much time to get the meat to 160 throughout..
    I now use cure and dry it at around 120 IIRC... its been a while. Lol.
    You can click on my signature that says SQWIBS cooks all in one place.
    There is a jerky section... a bit dated but may help you out.
  11. mathman

    mathman Smoke Blower

    I'm going to buy a A-MAZE-N pellet smoker and try again at a lower temp.

    Thanks for the help:).
  12. definately get that cold smoker ...i added a cold smoker on my mes because it wasnt smoking at low wont regret it especially if you plan on doing alot of jerky...good luck !!!

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