Jerky Rods?

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by jc03, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. jc03

    jc03 Fire Starter

    Hello, I have a Cookshack Smokette Elite and am interested in jerky rods. That said, I don't want to spend the big money from the Cookshack site. Has anyone made them out of rolled steel? I see Lowes has a few different 1/4" steel rods. Would they be food safe? Thanks.
     
  2. jc03

    jc03 Fire Starter

    Wow! Very helpful. Thank you.
     
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  4. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    I like daves idea for jerky, for bacon we just use some 304 stainless round bar
     
  5. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great thinking Dave, or go to your local metal shop and see what they have in Stainless steel rod size. 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

    DS
     
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can get TIG rod in 36" lengths.... all sorts of alloys in SS..... and all diameters... Hit the local weld shop......
     
  7. 1finder

    1finder Smoke Blower

    Not sure about a cookshack smoker but oak dowel rods work in my smoke hollow. Picked them up at HDepot, you can cut them to length in store or at home. Use the drop to plunge your stuffing tubes if you make sausage.

    Good luck!!
     
  8. jc03

    jc03 Fire Starter

    Thanks everyone. I'm leaning towards getting some steel rods at Lowes. Does anyone know if they have to be stainless?
     
  9. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Myself I would do stainless. 

    DS
     
  10. brentex

    brentex Fire Starter

    I have been doing Jerky in a Smokehouse for years, I just bought a little master forge 2 door smoker, so I am venturing down the same highway as you.

    What I am planning on doing is what I did when I cold smoked it in the smokehouse.

    I use butcher twine (string)



    and thread it with a large hole stainless yarn needle. Then just tie it up in the smoker on each end and spread the meat out so none of it touches each other. you will have to figure out how many piece you can put on each string to space them out, but you get the idea.
     
  11. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    If you get steel, coat it as you would cast iron.... 6 to 1... 1/2 dozen the other....
     
  12. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    Stainless round bar is pretty cheap, we payed less than a dollar a foot if I remember right.
     

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