Definitely when smoking snack sticks and summer sausage at one point, I’ve yet to smoke jerky but I’d assume maybe not since you’re trying to dry it out, check out the tender jerky videos on YouTube and see how Jonathan did it
Small batch protein extraction
Using the standard-size Kitchen Aid, I get 5# of meat/fat/spice mix in the bowl. I tried both the dough hook and the paddle and the paddle gives me better extraction. Can’t remember times exactly, but I think I start seeing good extraction at about 10-11 minutes on speed 2-3. I know it’s right when the mixer starts jumping around and the meat wants to climb out the top of the bowl. That’s the best way I know to describe. I do watch the mixer pretty close and work the meat off the sides often with a spatula. With just a stainless steel bowl and the paddle, cleanup takes no time at all.