Need jerky input.

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by lilpete, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. I'm wanting to do some jerky in my smoker, I have a Brinkmann electric smoker that heats to 225° with no adjustments. I know jerky is best at 150° and wondered if leaving the lid a little off to the side would be an option. Or if I should just use the oven again and not waste the meat? I have a dehydrator but I like how the meat cooks when its hanging. Any advice would be great.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2013
  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    I think you can hook up an appropriately rated rheostat and have control over your temp instead of just on/off.
  3. eight433

    eight433 Fire Starter

    I have a johnson controls thermostat I use in my kegerator that can also be used with a heater. It has a temp probe to read the temperature and you just plug the smoker into the unit and it will turn the smoker on and off accordingly. Worked like a charm with my electrically retrofitted gas smoker and ten lbs of jerky. The difference being it gives the unit full power for limited amounts of time, where a rheostat limits the amount of power given to it at a steady rate. I have no advice as to which one may be better than other.
  4. Thanks for the info, I think I have some work to do.
    3cups soy sauce
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup liquid smoke

    If Heat is wanted, add some Crushed Chili Peppers or Cayenne Pepper or Ghost Pepper if your up to it.
    Mix together, let stand for 5 minutes. Add 1-2 pounds of meat and let marinate
    for 3 hours or overnight in an airtight container. Drain, place on trays to dry or smoke.  If smoking, do it from start to finish or do 3 hours at 170, full smoke then remove and put in dehydrator to finish.
  6. big lew bbq

    big lew bbq Meat Mopper

    1 cup of liquid smoke for 1-2lbs of meat? Seems like an awful lot of liquid smoke for a small amount of meat?  You must really like the smoke flavor?
  7. No idea, I never use 1 to 2 I use like 8 to 10 lbs, this makes enough of it for that much.  That recipe was copy and paste from the Mr Coffee Food Dehydrator Manual.     See Page 25
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013

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