jerky thickness

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by payne7744, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. i get bottom round and have the butcher slice it about 1/8 thick. i would like more chewey jerky, i use hi mountain mesquite and cook on memphis advantage at 200* (lowest it will go) with the a maze n  loaded with hickory and lit at both ends. any ideas will be appreciated, pretty new to pellet smoking only only tried jerky twice. thanks
  2. 1/8 seems pretty thin. I did some at 3/16 and it's good. Some of it dried too much though. I did some at 5/16. Too thick and too tough. 1/4 is about perfect I think.
  3. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    3/16 - 1/4" is where Iike it.


  4. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I always slice around 1/4 inch.  I smoke in my MES with the AMNPS and no heat for the first three hours then crank it up for around one hour.  Then I finish in the dehydrator, this way you can test some samples and take it off when it is too your liking.

  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I don't do jerky, but my buddy does & his cutter is set up for 1/4".
  6. I like mine relatively thin, 3/16".

    If a batch happens to come out too dry, I place it in a zip bag with half a piece of bread until it softens up a bit.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2011
  7. 3/16 - 1/4 seems to be the common consensus. I will try 7/32 next time.
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    1/4" is where I have always done mine.
  9. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Does the butcher cut it cross grain or with the grain?
  10. whats the difference in final product? also is bottom round the best cut and why. thanks for any info.
  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Cutting With the grain is what many commercial jerky makers do...Gives a Chewy Jerky...Top and Bottom round are good choices...JJ
  12. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  13. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Agreed with the rest...1/4" is my ideal!  i try to be on the thin side of 1/4" butcher often doesn't get that right hence awhile i'm buying my own slicer from Al :)
  14. grabber

    grabber Smoke Blower

    I do something that may not be agreeable with the purist but I use ground meat.  90/10 beef or ground venison/ game.  I use something called a Jerky gun.  It's like a caulking gun.  Ever wonder how all the bought jerky is uniformed and nice strips.  You simply put the ground meat in the gun, run the strips and put them in the dehydrator.
  15. mcguyver

    mcguyver Newbie

    I've been making jerky for years in a dehydrator and using ground meat is good especially for the older folks that don't have the teeth they used to have.  I go to my local grocery and pick a nice lean round or bottom cut and ask the butcher to trim any fat and grind it for me.  Quite often it is cheaper than buying the "already ground" meat and it is a lot leaner.  Also, most ground meat is ground twice.  You can ask the butcher to only grind it once and to grind it coarse.  It still goes through the jerky gun just fine but it makes for a more chewy jerky since the meat particles are a little longer.
  16. mrbuzzsaw

    mrbuzzsaw Newbie

    Hey Everyone i am new to thi s forum and this is my first post.. considering this is how i found this place i figure  best to start here.

     i have a couple of questions

       looks like ther first one was answered here 1/4 inch. i figured that but wanted to make sure.

     the second question is how can i get my top  round cut to 1/4 inch consistently? what cutters are you all using?

     and lastly what should i be paying for top round  the only place i have found it is 6.99 a pound???? that seems high to me. i mean i am getting tritip for 2.99 a pound . what should i be paying??
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  18. dubberz19

    dubberz19 Newbie

    Im looking at making a big batch of jerky using 14kg of inside round. Its my first time. Need to know best way and how to cut. Any tips, tricks, advice or good recipes welcomes. Thank you
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  20. dubberz19

    dubberz19 Newbie

    WOW....Thank you for the thorough advice. Great info, thank you again.

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