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Posted: 1/9/2003 1:25:08 PM EDT
I got some of this [url]www.garywest.com[/url] through Cabelas recently, and, although expensive, it was a lot better than that crap they peddle in the stores.  Who makes the best tastin' jerky or "tenders" that you've had?
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 1:29:34 PM EDT
I do.

Beef jerky is easy and inexpensive to make if you have a food dryer.  I got one for $5 at a garage sale.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 1:32:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2003 1:33:39 PM EDT by Lazyshooter]
Originally Posted By California_Kid:
I do.

Beef jerky is easy and inexpensive to make if you have a food dryer.  I got one for $5 at a garage sale.
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What type of beef are you using?  When I've done it in the past, mine's been tough.  Haven't made it in quite a while though.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 1:33:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 1:45:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Lazyshooter:
I got some of this [url]www.garywest.com[/url] through Cabelas recently, and, although expensive, it was a lot better than that crap they peddle in the stores.  Who makes the best tastin' jerky or "tenders" that you've had?
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I sure hope this stuff is great...it just cost me 31.00!
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 2:01:46 PM EDT
My own Jerky is good. My mother for years has made the best Ive ever tasted.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 2:11:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Lazyshooter:
...What type of beef are you using?...
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My favorite is fresh, fully trimmed eye of round.  I usually buy it at an Asian grocery store (99 Ranch Market in San Diego).  It's very lean and tender.

London broil works well too.

Whatever you use, cut perpendicular to the grain and keep the slices thin and uniform as possible.  I cut it to about 3/32" - 1/8".
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 2:48:51 PM EDT
What do you guys use for a marinade? I have a dehydrator and it works great, but it always ends up tasting funny. I figure it is the marinade.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 2:54:57 PM EDT
Lots of soy sauce, some fresh lime juice, garlic powder, New Mexico chili or cayenne pepper, black pepper, some vinegar or a slug of gin or bourbon, whatever you feel like.  Commercial or your homemade teriyaki sauce works fine if you're lazy.

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Link Posted: 1/9/2003 2:58:32 PM EDT
Homemade jerky is the best.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 4:33:16 PM EDT
i use the cheapest meat i can find. Your just going to dry it out.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 4:38:53 PM EDT
You might try special trim or beef trimming as it is sometimes called.nice and tender if prepared properly.

BTW I think Obertos is the best but being from the NW I am a little biased.

Link Posted: 1/9/2003 4:41:26 PM EDT
I do---only it's venison. Problem is, someone else always seems to eat it all.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 5:28:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2003 5:29:17 PM EDT by Papertargets]
This is good:

[url]http://www.smokedmeats.com[/url]

I haven't tried everyone's homemade jerky yet so I can't say the link is THE best.




edited to make the link work
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 5:35:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Papertargets:
This is good:

[url]http://www.smokedmeats.com[/url]

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Yes, that is a great place.  Anyone who drives through Bishop MUST go to Mahogany Smoked Meats.  Get the smoked ham shanks, the bacon, the...

ARGH I'm getting hungry.  Must go eat carnitas at my favorite cheap Tex-Mex place.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 5:44:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 5:45:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By California_Kid:
I do.

Beef jerky is easy and inexpensive to make if you have a food dryer.  I got one for $5 at a garage sale.
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You, sir,are incorrect.  Plain and simple.
It couldn't possibly be as good as mine!
I could give out the recepie, but I'd have to kill everyone that reads this thread [;)]
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 5:50:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Aimless:
I had ostrich jerky at the Syracuse show a few years ago, not bad
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Ostrich jerky is PEOPLE!

[img]www.ggw.org/winebrats/images/green.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 5:56:56 PM EDT
Crocket Creek jerky, made in Maryville TN, is damn good stuff.  Lucky for me I live right down the road from their factory outlet :)

CK - I never knew you made jerky - I should have bummed some off you when I visited! :)
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 6:28:06 PM EDT
Other than the local locker, I prefer WILD BILL'S jerky, especially the meat sticks, for something that you can buy off the shelf.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 6:37:16 PM EDT
Ostrich jerky is PEOPLE!
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ROFLMFAO!


OK, in the interest of maintaining peace on the board everyone should send me a generous sample of your jerky and I will tabulate the results and determine who really makes the best jerky.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 6:49:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/9/2003 6:51:01 PM EDT by MDOhmart]
Alright, so we can pretty much all agree here that for the BEST jerky, turn to your own creativity and time. However, if one must buy it commercially, I highly recommend these guys:

[url]http://www.dublinstore.com[/url]
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 6:54:42 PM EDT
I am a "from scratch" type of guy, but I was givin a couple of boxes of Hi Mountain Jerky cure and seasoning and it rocked.

If this doesn't make a link could someone do that for me....I'm computer illiterate.

http://www.himtnjerky.com/

BTW I like to use venison mainly, but any meat with minimal fat works great...but it all depends on how "jerky" you want your jerky.  Good luck!
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 7:27:31 PM EDT
[url]www.himtnjerky.com/[/url]

Link Posted: 1/9/2003 7:30:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By W-W:
Originally Posted By Lazyshooter:
I got some of this [url]www.garywest.com[/url] through Cabelas recently, and, although expensive, it was a lot better than that crap they peddle in the stores.  Who makes the best tastin' jerky or "tenders" that you've had?
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I sure hope this stuff is great...it just cost me 31.00!
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It's only money![:D]
Actually for commercially made stuff, this was very good.  I bought some for Christmas gifts and once I opened the first bag, I had to keep most for myself.[:)]  Only gave away one bag.

I guess if you want to save money, about the only way is to do it yourself.
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