Jerky vs humidity

Discussion in 'Beef' started by lil tom, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. lil tom

    lil tom Newbie

    Having a slight issue with my beef jerky. I have been smoking it for the past seven hours but the humidity outside is just too high. Will it eventually dry out enough or do I need to reduce the humidity inside the MES somehow?
  2. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are using the MES at the 100 to 120 degree setting, you are already decreasing the humidity.

    Normally I smoke a couple a hours then in the humidifier for about 20+ on a low setting.

    It takes awhile for me to be happy with my jerky, its like smoking, its low and slow and you just can't rush perfection.

    Did you dry the jerky before smoking with paper towels? Did you do a de-water cycle? Did you leave it uncovered in the reefer overnight or even more before attempting to smoke? These all help decrease the drying time.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2015
  3. lil tom

    lil tom Newbie

    I only have the MES, no dehydrator or humidifiers. I did not dry it off before I out it in. I didn't see that in the recipe I followed. I did let it cure for 2 days. As far as the De-water, never heard of the term. I am going to keep it in there until it dries. I figure it had to at some point. Hopefully time heels all wounds.
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Oh yeah... it'll get there, just takes patience.... Its like smoking a butt in 12 hours or smoking the butt in 24.

    Remember to allow the jerky to rest and smooth a day or so before you make your final decision on the taste. It makes a HUGE difference.

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