Marinating Times

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by prolixitasty, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. prolixitasty

    prolixitasty Newbie

    Hello there,

    About a month ago I bought two Excalibur dehydrators for the purpose of making and selling beef jerky.

    I have a question regarding marinating times.

    So far I've been going for a 20 hour approach, drying for 2 hours, re-marinating, drying for another 2 hours.

    Literally everyone who has tasted it has liked it, and there is a huge demand for my jerky in the two places I've been distributing for the last month.

    I'm wondering if I can cut the original 20 hour marination time down.

    What would the shortest amount be if I am still re-marinating during the drying process anyway?

    I use a low fat rib eye cut, and the marinade contains Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, honey, maple syrup and some spices.

    I do not currently smoke any of the meat; but I do use liquid smoke.

    Any and all help would be greatly appreciated :)

    Thank you,
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2015
  2. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    P, Less meat means less time, I personally do about 6 pounds and leave it for 48 hours as the container being used is pretty full. It gets a stir every 8 hours or so. After the marinade it gets a one hour dry time for pellicle and then to the smoker /dehydrator. I don't understand your dry and wet process? Hope you are using cure also!
  3. prolixitasty

    prolixitasty Newbie

    I'm only doing about 2.5lbs per batch.

    I dry at 160 degrees for 4 hours as per safety standards.

    The drying process is 2 hours out of the original marinade, then a remarinade, then drying again for another 2 hours.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2015
  4. skinard

    skinard Newbie


    Just wondering.  When you say you do the 20 hour approach.  Does that mean you marinate it for 20 hours then put it on the dehydrator for 2 hours then re marinate it for 20 hours then put it back on the dehydrator for an additional 2 hours?  
  5. I was wondering about this as well. That is a huge chunk of time! I was just marinating for 24 hrs, then going to paper-towel, pat dry & put in the Dehydrator. I did use #1 Cure (for the first time, these batches) & I'm still in the marinating stage. Do I need to let them sit out an hour for pellicle to take place/form prior to the Dehydrator?
  6. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Cyndi, I let mine air dry for an hour before sticking in the smoker or dehydrator, don't forget your cure .
  7. Thanks! I did use The Cure (#1) and let it sit for an hour. That was for my test batch, after only 24 hrs of marinating, about a dozen strips. After it was ready I tried it & it needed more salt. So, on to the remainder of the 5 lbs of Jerky today. These I didn't air dry first. I put them on a wire rack over a pan, spread them out perfectly & pressed paper towels on to them to release extra moisture underneath & soak up more on the top. Then I sprinkled salt directly onto these prior to placing in the Dehydrator. We'll see how this remaining, bulk of the Jerky turns out.

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