Making Jerky in 1980, photos

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by twinfallsid, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. I was going through the box of old photos and found these, for the scanner.

    So you want to make some jerky? I started making jerky around 1980. The first thing you gotta do is get some beef. A lot of beef.

    I've found this method works well:


    Field-stripping a beef animal isn't any more difficult than managing an elk.


    Ok, so now you've got lots of beef!

    Next, cut the hunks into chunks:


    And then run the chunks through the slicer:


    Then marinade:


    And hang in the smoker!


  2. meatball

    meatball Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Wow...when they said "make jerky from scratch," you took it literally. Great pics, thanks for sharing!
  3. That is awesome
  4. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice jerky....The astronauts get a treat...
  5. fatback joe

    fatback joe Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very cool!
  6. flatbroke

    flatbroke Smoking Fanatic

    very nice. I see you are from twin falls. I like that town especially the snake river. The company I work for owned the building that the Skippers Rest. was in but sold it to the people that opened the burger and kabob rest on blue lakes blvd. Do you know if the people with the Elk Farm at the corner of the road that you take to Jack Pot NV sells meat to the public?
  7. The Burger & Kabobs is gone, the building is now the Anchor Bistro. Yes, that elk ranch does sell elk meat. I'd call ahead before stopping by, to make sure they have some on hand.
  8. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    I love pictures from the old box[​IMG]
  9. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like you were going rustic then. You did save the hide right?

    Nice pics from the past. What a load of work that was.
  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I didn't know that cavemen wore clothes I thought they had loin clothes or something. Thats pretty cool if you have to cut up the beef like that.
  11. alaskansmokesignals

    alaskansmokesignals Fire Starter SMF Premier Member

    Uh... I thought that whole "smoke jerky in the nude" thing happened in the '70s.....[​IMG]

    OK, 1980 is a close enough date for that... [​IMG]
  12. A live beef can be bought around here for about 90 cents per pound on the hoof. A good one might weight 600 to 800 pounds. Even at 50% recovery, that's a lot of cheap beef, in do-it-yourself mode.


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