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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-30-09 11:54 PM
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Beef jerky fans check in
I love my jerky and had a hankering for some today. I went to the super market to find some Pemican but they didn't have any so I bought some weird Jack Links strips. They were okay (I finished the bag) but not what I was craving.

My favorite jerky is the kind you find loose in jars at general stores in rural areas. I have no idea where to find that now.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-30-09 11:58 PM
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1. Tillamook smoker
all the way. Their brown sugar jerky is killer.

Jerky is the ultimate traveling food. Except for the salt/dehydration issue. Its pretty awesome for the rest of life too.
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:00 AM
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3. I've never even heard of that
I'm always up for new jerky. Dave gave me some venison jerky last winter. :9
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 03:23 PM
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40. I would imagine it has mostly West coast availibility.
http://www.tcsjerky.com/proddetail.php?prod=423

pretty much all their stuff is good, though I can't personally vouch for the chili peper and lime jerkey, but that brown sugar honey is kick ass.


This is the first time Ive ever been to their website. I find it disturbing that they feel something as awesome as beef jerkey needs "testamonials".
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-30-09 11:58 PM
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2. Hell yeah. Jack Link's Hot and Sweet jerky is pretty tasty.
That is what i usually buy.
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:10 AM
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6. Usually, the only Jack Links I see are the big nuggets
I've never tried them but today I bought their thick strips. Very tasty but not the jerky I was looking for.

I've never seen/noticed the Hot & Sweet.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 10:51 AM
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26. Jack Links has a lot of kinds. I have seen their buffalo jerky, but
I don't do buffalo.
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:04 AM
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4. Hi sniffa !

I never had the chance to taste Beef jerky.I'm not even sure it can be found over here. :cry:

Hey,can you explain to me the "I'll be in my bunk" thingy? :shrug:

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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:17 AM
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8. I thought elk and Innuit jerky were popular up there
:shrug:
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:37 AM
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11. I tried Inuit jerky once.

The Inuit was delicious.Beaver jerky is even better. :P

But seriously I'm sure that someone living close to an

Inuit village could easily buy some, or hunters can make

their own elk jerky but were I live (Quebec) I never

saw the stuff in grocery stores.

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Juche Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:05 AM
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5. I like mine soft
Jerky is great, but some of the stuff is far too hard to the point where I start having pain in my temples from chewing too much.

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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:13 AM
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7. The liquor store I frequent has a jar of loose jerky next to the register
Edited on Sun May-31-09 12:14 AM by HarukaTheTrophyWife
It's always kind of scared me.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 01:07 AM
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14. Squirrel Strips by Road-Reddi Flat Snax?
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 01:11 AM
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15. Probably
It's just a big dusty jar with jerky in it. It doesn't look like it's been opened in years.
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:21 AM
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I like Trader Joe's jerky.
My favorite is bison. No real difference in the flavor, it just amuses me. :D It's a good work snack.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:21 AM
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9. pretty easy to make if your oven goes low (200 or less)
I don't like the smoke flavor virtually all store bought has. Just lean beef (or whatever - venison, turkey) salt and lots of black pepper.
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EndersDame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:24 AM
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10. Former vegetarian here discovering the joys of beef jerky for the first time
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:48 AM
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12. Locking.
Sex thread.

Please don't talk about jerking beef on DU.

Regards,

flvegan
DU Rent-a-Mod
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 12:49 AM
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13. OMFG
I <3 you.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 02:09 AM
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16. Unlocking
Don't mess with the man's beef jerky! Jack Link has Skinner on speed-dial, yanno.



Regards,
Krispos42, Brevet DU Admin

:P
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 02:23 AM
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17. flvegan, Rent-a-Mod has been most triumphantly trumped.
In many ways.

Good show!
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 02:33 AM
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18. Yep !
And he certainly have a great sense of humor too. :rofl:
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 08:59 AM
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23. Please Donate to Krispos42!
Keep this underemployed factory worker financially happy and healthy so he can continue to offer premium moderatoration services for DemocraticUnderground.com!


Thanks!
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Dr. Strange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 11:32 AM
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33. IATBJL
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 04:10 AM
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19. My neighbor makes his own.
Beef and venison. Uses one of those food dehydrators and makes up his own marinade mix. brings me some all the time-mainly because he uses my spare trays from my dehydrator.
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 07:57 AM
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20. Alton Brown shows the right way to make it yourself
It's the same way my dad used to make it many years ago. After marinating and drying off the meat you put lay it across square air conditioner filters (preferably new) and bungee cord it to a box fan. You turn the fan on medium and let it do it's magic for 12 hours.

This method uses no heat which takes longer, but it does a much better job. It drives my dogs crazy though.
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 10:40 AM
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24. Is that safe?
What keeps it from breeding harmful bacteria?
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 11:03 AM
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30. They used to do this waaay back when. Except they didn't have
box fans!
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 11:49 AM
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34. The marinade
However, this is really no different than if you had used a heat type dehydrator. You must either marinade or brine your meat in order to fully preserve it. You can either use an acidic solution (bad bacteria can't live in a low PH environment), or you can use a salty solution (brine).

Here is Alton's recipe:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/jerky-re...

I have my own that I use, which is mostly teriyaki, but you get the idea.
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 01:46 PM
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35. That makes sense. It's the brining.
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 02:38 PM
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37. I learned my technique from MajorChode
Well, the basics.. I altered it a bit.

:)
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 08:23 AM
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21. I love beef jerky.And venison jerky and buffalo jerky.......
If you can find a butcher that knows how to make it,that's the best.
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 08:27 AM
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22. I make my own
with a few light bulbs and an old smoker. long story.

:9
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 10:49 AM
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25. Jack Links is my favorite store brand. I love beef jerky.
Homemade is the best.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 10:57 AM
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27. I used to live a few miles....
...from the Jack Link's beef-jerky plant in Alpina, South Dakota. One of the grocery stores in town got the odds and ends, wrapped'em in cellophane on a styrofoam plate, and sold it in bulk. I think it was $10 for a two-pound package, and it normally costs about $20 a pound if you by it in the fany bags in the store.


Yum!
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 11:00 AM
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28. That is a great deal. Just one little bag is almost $10.
But yeah, yummy!
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mix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 11:02 AM
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29. i like regional brands
there are a few here in NM, but i will eat corporate jerky if necessary
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 11:16 AM
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31. I'm partial to Blackbeards...I don't like Jack Links ( too much sinew )
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 11:23 AM
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32. You don't buy jerky at the supermarket, for jebus' sake.
Jerky is a convenience store item. Convenience stores where they sell diesel usually have the widest selection.
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Moondog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 02:35 PM
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36. Home made.
I use top round, slice it up, marinate it, put it in a dehydrator until it's ready. Mmmmm.
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 03:12 PM
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38. I rec'd this, since I also want to see other brands mentioned
there's too many I haven't tried
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siligut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 03:22 PM
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39. If you go to a bar in Mexico, you can order carne con limon.
It is basically jerky soaking in limejuice. If I ate meat that is definitely something I would be eating right now.
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 03:24 PM
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41. Doesn't that basically translate to "beef with lime"?
it does sound good!
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siligut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 03:50 PM
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42. Exactly, try it, it is good.
Adds a whole new taste dimension to the jerky, and softens it up a bit too.
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leeroysphitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 06:13 PM
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43. Beef jerky time! Would you like some beef jerky?
There's plenty, you know.
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