% weight loss for solid beef jerky?

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by dpeart, May 6, 2012.

  1. dpeart

    dpeart Smoke Blower

    I made up about 5 pounds (wet weight) of solid strip beef jerky yesterday I used Rytek's recipe.

    I smoked it with my amzn smoker (oak) for 3-4 hours at 130F, then finished it at 160 for about 4 more hours.

    I've never done this before so I was "guessing" on when it was done, but upon pulling it I could bend it without breaking, but did see some splitting.  Looked good to me.  I then weighed it and the 5 pounds dropped to 2 pounds.  What is the expected weight loss for jerky?

    I'll post some picts later of the finished product, because I know it really didn't happen without picts :)


  2. backwoods bbq

    backwoods bbq Meat Mopper


    today i made 20 pounds of deer jerky (raw weight with marinade) i ended up with almost 7 pounds total which is about right for deer 3/1 ratio

    Beef usually i can get a 2/1 ratio or slightly less so last week i made 1.85 pounds from a round roast and ended up with 14 ounces just shy of a full pound.

    I usually just smoke mine at 150-160 degrees using oak, hickory and pecan for 4-6 hours.

    The larger amount you make will have a wider % of error on your weight especially if you use stuff like pepper flakes, leave some moisture in your jerky, etc. but not too much to worry with.

    hope this helps!

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