GalvanAP One of the biggest advantages to a tumbler with jerky is that it doesn’t need to be held overnight, it can go right to the smoker. This is because all (or most at least) of the nitrite has been picked up. So, if you had a ton of water left over after tumbling then you’d probably want to hold it still, but in general, you should have very little liquid left and you should be good to go right to the smoker!
Can I make a double batch of Jerky (twice what my smoker holds) and hold the second batch in the refrigerator until the first is finished cooking?
tabmitch Yes, you can do that, the cure needs to be held about 12 hours and not much longer than 18 hours so as long as your process has you finishing your first batch in about 6 hours you are good to go!