After completing your big hunting trip this year, it’s time to put your Pit Boss® Pellet Grill or Smoker to work so you can enjoy the delicious fruits to your labor. What better way to prepare the meat from your hunt than with a perfect batch of jerky?
This article will take you through the different cuts of meat make the best jerky, as well as some marinade recipes. Or, you can use our tasty and convenient Pit Boss Jerky Kits, featuring 3 brand new flavors: Hickory, Sweet Heat, and Peppered.
When learning how to make jerky, it is important to select the right cut of lean meat, as it makes all the difference when
making great-tasting jerky. By selecting a meat cut with as little fat as possible, your jerky will keep
and taste for longer and will protect against spoiling.
If you are an outdoorsman, or just have a friend who gave you a nice cache of elk or venison meat, you are in a great position to make your own homemade jerky, since wild game is typically extremely lean.
If beef is your preference, the following cuts are best to use for jerky:
A good rule of thumb is that 3 lbs of raw meat will yield about 1 lb of dried jerky.
When your meat is prepared, you’ll next need to bring it to life with the perfect marinade. Whole there are many wonderful marinade recipes available , the most common ingredients include:
Choosing a marinade recipe just boils down to personal preference in terms of sweetness, spice, saltiness, etc.
Pro Tip: Try our Pit Boss Beef and Brisket Rub for a tasty blend of salt, peppers, sugar, herbs, onion, and natural smoky mesquite flavors. Perfect for a Jerky Marinade!
You should marinade your beef in a plastic bag or bowl and set it in a refrigerator for no less than six hours. Go as long as you like (without it spoiling), but 24 hours should be plenty. If your meat is marinating in a bag, be sure to mix it up in the bag every few hours to ensure it is sitting evenly in the marinade.
Watch this Pit Boss owner nail his own homemade beef jerky:
A Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill or Vertical Smoker can allow you to make homemade, smoky beef jerky a snap! With easy to use temperature control and wood fired flavor, you can treat yourself to a delicious protein packed snack any day of the week.