Smoking Jerky : How important is temperature?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by kully, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Well, I have just retired and purchased a Bradley 6 Rack Digital Smoker. Used it four times. Pepperoni sticks didn't turn out great. Had my loops to close together on my steel hanging rod. OK I learned from that. Made some salami, looked great tasted not bad, but the guy I purchased the salami spices from, had put cure into the mix. Not knowing I added MORE cure. Salt content 200% LOL To say the least, cut it in half, put a stick into it and fire it into the ground, GREAT CATTLE SALT LICK!! LOL OK I learned from that. So now I make my second batch of jerky. Great recipe from alelover. First batch, some pieces really hard, take it to war use it as a knife. Other pieces GREAT!! 24 cold ones, all the jerky, I think I'm in the rut!! Look out Wife!! Last pieces, spongey, taste like badly fried Prairie Oysters!!!

    So second batch is done,  half can eat, other half throw away. Again I could make some dandy knives with some pieces. I asked a question in the Forum earlier after the first jerky batch and consensus was temp gauge could be out. Bought 2 thermometers and yes the Digital Temp settings were way out. Readings  on the smoker box, showed 240F, showed inside temp was 170F and my new thermometer showed 150F. Thats prob where it should have been at 150F. So temperature I think is very IMPORTANT?????? Constant and at low heat??? Is that the trick here? IS that the trick to smoking any type of meat?

    I sent an email to Bradley but haven't heard back yet. Maybe I need and new smoker box that is closer in its readings, but still use the thermometer for sure. 28LBS of Mule Deer for training purposes!!! LOL

    PS. I may go into the kinfe making business!

    Ok I learned from that.

  2. jalan43

    jalan43 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Kully don't get discouraged! We have all been there. I think Bradley had a problem with the thermometer. I don't own one but I remember seeing a conversion post somewhere on the forum. I'll see if I can find it. Yes Alelover has a great recipe for jerky.
  3. jalan43

    jalan43 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I can't find it on the forum. I'm sure one of the moderators will know. Just hang tight and they will be along soon! I do my jerky at 140 degrees. You want to dry it out not cook it. Good Luck,Jeff
  4. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I feel for you, you stepped up paid the extra bucks for that Bradley and still get a bad Thermometer, we all know it happens, but. Hope the problem is fixed, and soon with the new therm.

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