How long is too long to marinate?

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by custom99, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. I want to make some beef jerky (using london broil) to take to a party Sunday night. The only time i can possibly prep is tonight (Friday) and the only time I have to smoke it is Sunday morning. If I slice and start to marinate tonight, the meat will be in the marinate and cure for about 36 hours. Is there any problem with leaving it that amount of time? I have only seen any one marinating from 20-24 hours in every thing I have read. 
  2. After doing a lot more reading I see that it is not a problem. Disregard my first question. I should have just done more reading before asking. 
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I guess you answered your own question. Don't forget to take some pics of the finished jerky.
  4. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    just to add-on...i usually marinate mine for 2 days but sometimes 3 for beef...depends when i have time.

    my only concern is that you are starting the make it in the morn for a party that might want to start very early.  for me to smoke then dehydrate it takes me around 7-9 hours total.  just my 2 cents
  5. I have now figured that out. My last batch marinated almost 3 days and went in the smoker for 6 hours total between smoke and then low temp. Best batch yet. Peppered and the flavor really came out after sitting on counter for 16 hours.
  6. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    what do you mean by sitting on the counter for 16 hours? letting them rest?
  7. I just let them sit out in the open on the butcher block for 16 hours before storing them. I keep the jerky in brown paper bags.
  8. wizardofjoz

    wizardofjoz Newbie

    Just to make sure is it still ok to go over 24 hours using Tender Quick?

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