Water amount for jerky seasoning
I just received your Sweat Chipotle jerky seasoning and I’m really looking forward to making it. I’m going to use whole meat muscle and I’m not going to make the full 25lbs. I’m going to divide the batch down so I know how much seasoning to use per pound. My question is how much water do you use for the marinade? After soaking in the marinade I’m going to pat dry the meat dry. Do you recommend sprinkling more seasoning on the meat prior to loading the meat into the smoker? Thanks.
@Retired-RailRoader Do you have a specific reason for patting it dry? I ask because I think you are going to remove a good portion of the seasoning when you pat it dry with a towel. I would follow the
instructions in the Jerky Post (https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/178/how-to-make-homemade-jerky-recipe) which are probably very similar to what you were planning on doing without patting it dry.
However if you are wanting your product dryer when it goes into the smoker then I would skip adding the water all together and just “dust” it. To do this I would lay out the seasoning, with the correct amount of cure mixed in, in a container and then add the meat and drag it through until all sides were evenly coated, you might even want to sprinkle more on the top. Then put it in a bag or sealed container without any water for 12 hours and go to the smoker without patting it dry. You will still have the moisture of the meat interacting with the seasoning so you will get some penetration and you won’t have to pat it dry and worry about removing the seasoning from the meat.
Hope this helped, let us know if you have any more questions!
@Jonathon Thank you Jonathon, not patting it dry does make sense. The article you referred to in your reply for Thermal Processing states:
Lay seasoned jerky strips on jerky screens or smoke screens and place in smoker, smokehouse, oven, or dehydrator to cook.
130F for 1 hour (open damper on smoker)
145F for 2 hours (2/3 closed damper on smoker)
175F until internal meat temp of 160F
My question is why do you close the dampers down after the 1st hour? To me this seems counterproductive since isn’t the purpose of long heat for a long time to dry the jerky. With the dampers closed 2/3 of the way won’t that allow the moisture to remain in the smoker and not dry out the jerky. Thanks.
@Retired-RailRoader Good question! The reason we have the dampers open initially is to give it an initial drying to allow the smoke to adhere to the meat at this stage. We then close them down a little to prevent the meat from drying out too much too early. According to the USDA Website “After drying, bacteria become much more heat resistant” so we are trying to prevent creating heat resistant bacteria. Once the internal temperature of the meat is at 160°F you can open the dampers all the way and continue to cook it until your jerky has the desired level of dryness. Let us know if you have any other questions!
@Jonathon Thanks for the quick answer. I’ll try it that way and let you know how the jerky comes out,
How do you know how much sure cure to put on your mix if it’s less than 25 lb ?
@peculiarb You can have an issue with pickled jalapenos and getting the meat to properly bind to them.
You can blanch fruits and veggies before adding them to sausage and that will help. Some people add them straight in, but blanching will help the meat bind together with the jalapenos. Not a requirement though. If the jalapenos don’t bind perfectly into the meat, when you slice the summer sausage, the jalapenos may not fully stick to the meat and just fall off the slices. It won’t hurt the sausage, but it may not be 100% perfect. I would at least dry the jalapenos thoroughly, but blanching would provide the best results.
Has anyone ever used pickled jalapeños in their summer sausage? I have a buddy who gave me a jar of picked jalapeños to add to his summer sausage I am going to make for him. Is this a bad idea? I’ve always used dried jalapeños in the past. Please advise! Thanks.
I have only made about three batches of snack sticks so far but, I have found that adding an extra ounce of water ( per 5lb batch) over what is called for in the recipe, makes the meat “flow just a little easier when stuffing into casings.
So far, the texture of the finished product has been great and I have had no problem with casings breaking etc. from the excess moisture.
I recently had a 26 lb batch of summer sausage end up with brown spots here and there? Could this be from cure not evenly mixed ??? Or from encapsulated citric acid not fully mixed in??? I’m thinking eca wasn’t mixed in good enough because cure was put in initially with spices and binder and I mixed by hand till I got good protein extraction because it was very sticky ???
I am going to be making a 10 pound batch of pepper stick snack sticks how much water do I add for easier stuffing. or is the water that I mix the sure gel in enough for the batch is there a ratio for sure jell to water?