DIY Homemade Jerky | Smoked Jerky | Pitboss Jerky Kits
DIY Homemade Jerky is made easy with Pitboss Jerky Kits. With only three steps you are sure to have perfect smoked jerky. What does that mean? I'm looking for bright red smoked beef, translucent in colour, cartilage pulls when bent, and most importantly - CHEWY.
WHAT BEEF TO USE
When choosing your meat for your smoked jerky recipe, you want very lean beef. I used "Eye Of The Round" but can also flank steak. Lean meat means picking a beef that has little or no visible fat marbling. The process of making smoked jerky is to essentially dry out your meat. Fat pockets or ribbons keep the meat moist in some areas and worse, burn your smoked jerky in the process.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
SMOKER (I'm using my Louisiana Grills Black Label 1200)
PITBOSS JERKY KITS (they come in, Sweet & Heat - Peppered - or Hickory)
LEAN MEAT (I used Eye of the round roast as it is very lean in meat and goes on sale often)
PITBOSS JERKY KIT (on box directions)
Here you will find direct instructions on how to use their cure packet as well as their marinade package to prepare your jerky 8 hours to 48 hours ahead of time.
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SMOKED JERKY RECIPE
I preheated my Louisiana Grills Black Label 1200 to 180 degrees. The absolute lowest my smoker will go.
You can put your pieces of smoked jerky directly on the grill OR a grill grated cookie sheet just make sure you dry off each piece of meat before putting on. DO NOT OVERCROWD. There should be no jerky touching each other. For optimal space, puzzle piece them as best as you can.
SMOKED JERKY PRO TIP: You really do not want your smoker to spike over 180 degrees. Every time you open the lid of your pellet smoker, the temperature spikes slightly to get back up to temperature. Be patient and try not to lift your lid too much, especially towards the end as the spike can burn the smoked jerky.
WHEN IS IT READY
Smoked Jerky does not go my a certain internal temperature. It goes by the colour, texture, and BEND. With this smoked jerky recipe, you want to see bright red, transulcent when held up to the light, and when bent, slightly see that cartilage pull not break. That is when you know each piece ready. I began pulling the smaller pieces off at the TWO HOUR mark and some of the larger pieces at 3 HOURS.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST
DIY Homemade Jerky will last approximately 1-2 weeks in an regridgerated air tight container. If you seal it properly in a food saver it can last up to 1-2 months without opening. Lets be real though, this smoked jerky recipe will not last that long it is that good.
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