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calvins
03-18-2007, 04:26 PM
2 pounds (about 1 kg) venison or beef sliced 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup (240 ml) bourbon or 2 cups (480 ml) red wine (I use bourbon)
1 cup (240 ml) water

Marinate overnight in the refrigerator in a non-metal pan,
covered. Coat with a mixture of 1/2 honey and 1/2 water and
hang on a rack for 8 hours to dry.

Place in a cold smoker for 12 hours.

Rock
03-21-2007, 11:54 AM
:drool:

redhawk
03-21-2007, 12:13 PM
2 pounds (about 1 kg) venison or beef sliced 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup (240 ml) bourbon or 2 cups (480 ml) red wine (I use bourbon)
1 cup (240 ml) water

Marinate overnight in the refrigerator in a non-metal pan,
covered. Coat with a mixture of 1/2 honey and 1/2 water and
hang on a rack for 8 hours to dry.

Place in a cold smoker for 12 hours.

Hmm sounds good.

can someone give me some venison and loan me a smoker?

chairrock
03-21-2007, 12:40 PM
Hmm sounds good.

can someone give me some venison and loan me a smoker?

You can make a easy smoker with a cardboard box, a electric hot plate, an old cast iron frying pan,a oven thermometer, and some dowels for a rack.
saw it on "good eats" on the food network. it might be on their website.

Wldrns
03-21-2007, 12:47 PM
Calvin's looks like a good recipe. many people use way too much soy sauce, which also adds too much salt for my taste. The bourbon/wine will both flavor and tenderize nicely.

I've been using using essentially this same recipe, minus the extra salt, plus a pinch of dry mustard and ginger... and substituting grapefruit juice :D for the 2 cups of liquid. It also tenderizes and adds a unique flavor.

redhawk
03-21-2007, 01:11 PM
Calvin's looks like a good recipe. many people use way too much soy sauce, which also adds too much salt for my taste.


Have you tried the tamari soy sauce, which is a Japanese as opposed to a Chinese style? It's not as heavy or as salty as the Chinese type. Tamari is a type, not a brand, made by several different manufacturers. I use it in most of my dehydrator recipes calling for soy sauce.

Your recipe sounds good too as long as it's not too gingery. The one ting i found about a lot of Vietnamese food was too much ginger. I think uit must have been the French influence.

hawk

coolrobc
03-21-2007, 02:50 PM
I would also suggest getting your soy sauce from an Asian market if your ever near one. There's a big difference in the flavor when compared to the standard market brands (LaChoy, Kikomann, etc.)


I adapted my jerky recipe from Emeril (http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_23431,00.html?rsrc=search) and I use a dehydrator.

I find it's a little spicy, but the crushed red pepper I have at home seems extra hot. I make a double batch and use 2/3 of the red pepper called for. I've only made it twice and I'm looking forward to playing the the recipe some more. Especially using wine or whiskey in it.

redhawk
03-21-2007, 03:47 PM
Especially using wine or whiskey in it.

Has anyone ever used applejack or hard cider? ust wondering because I know that a lot of game tastes great (or is it "less filling") when grilled over apple wood.

Unfortunately I can't use any of that dehydrating because of the alcohol content, but I think it might give it some good flavor.

Hawk

Hobbitling
03-21-2007, 04:41 PM
I would think the alcohol would evaporate right off. why doesnt it work?
I've seen a few jerky recipes online with wine and beer in them. I'm hoping to try making jerky for the first time soon.

coolrobc
03-21-2007, 04:47 PM
I would think the alcohol would evaporate right off. why doesnt it work?
I've seen a few jerky recipes online with wine and beer in them. I'm hoping to try making jerky for the first time soon.

There may be other reasons why someone may not use alcohol in food.

I would highly recommend making your own, it's awesome. You can make a few pounds for what 1 pound costs to buy. The dehydrator pays for itself in no time.

redhawk
03-21-2007, 04:53 PM
I would think the alcohol would evaporate right off. why doesnt it work?
I've seen a few jerky recipes online with wine and beer in them. I'm hoping to try making jerky for the first time soon.

It's not the dehydrator that has the problem with alcohol, it's me.

And unless alcohol is subject to high heat, i think about 260 it doesn't dissipitate.

chairrock
03-21-2007, 06:00 PM
It's not the dehydrator that has the problem with alcohol, it's me.

And unless alcohol is subject to high heat, i think about 260° it doesn't dissipitate.

Redhawk
I think you could put the alcohol in a pot, heat it, then flash burn the alcohol off.Then use it in the recipe.
However, alot of the flavors associated with cooking with alcohol are from the fact that alcohol is a solvent that releases otherwise trapped flavors from the ingredients.
Bon apitite!


Here is the smoker address]

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_ea/article/0,1976,FOOD_9956_2245800,00.html

St.Regis
03-21-2007, 06:37 PM
A hot plate inside a cardboard box??

I don't think so Tim.

calvins
03-21-2007, 09:19 PM
I've played with the recipe and that's just how we like it. As with anything, it's only a guide.

Here's what I do mine in: http://www.jtbuckonline.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=182

It's difficult to keep my Weber smoker at a low enough temperature.
I've heard of people setting the oven on the lowest setting and some even crack open the oven door. I've never done it that way but don't see why it wouldn't work.

I think it'd work fine in a dehyd. but the smoke flavor would be missing.

As for that alcohol, it evaporates at 180dF but if it's a problem almost any liquid would work. I tried apple juice and it was ok, we just like this better. <shrug>

Bottom line is, use good lean meat and it's going to be much better than the stuff you can buy.

I make it up and vacuum seal it into portions and into the freezer so it's there when I want it.

what'sinaname
03-22-2007, 07:25 AM
It's difficult to keep my Weber smoker at a low enough temperature.
I've heard of people setting the oven on the lowest setting and some even crack open the oven door. I've never done it that way but don't see why it wouldn't work.


Actually, the oven works well enough, but you don't get the smokey flavour. The only problem I had was the recipe when I made my jerky last year, but can't blame the oven on that! :banghead: Also works well for drying fruit, veggies, meat if you don't have a dehydrator.

chairrock
03-22-2007, 08:33 AM
Actually, the oven works well enough, but you don't get the smokey flavour. The only problem I had was the recipe when I made my jerky last year, but can't blame the oven on that! :banghead: Also works well for drying fruit, veggies, meat if you don't have a dehydrator.
There is an item on the grocery store called "Liquid Smoke". It comes in a little glass bottle the size baking extracts come in. There are a few brands that I have seen. I have used it in chili and such. It is very strong so use sparingly.Here is a link to amazon that has it.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/002-0509917-3544800?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=liquid+smoke&Go.x=0&Go.y=0&Go=Go

St.Regis
03-22-2007, 09:06 AM
There is an item on the grocery store called "Liquid Smoke". It comes in a little glass bottle the size baking extracts come in. There are a few brands that I have seen. I have used it in chili and such. It is very strong so use sparingly.Here is a link to amazon that has it.

Sparingly is the word. I put too much of that stuff in my jerky one time and burped liquid smoke taste for two days :(

Grandpa Paddler
03-22-2007, 09:22 AM
There is an item on the grocery store called "Liquid Smoke". . It is very strong so use sparingly.

I like to use this occassionally but must stress the "sparingly". Like the old Brylcreme commercial used to say... "a little dab'l doyah."

Adirondack_hunter
03-22-2007, 10:21 AM
Make sure if you use liquid smoke you put the cap on tight. If you don't and it spills....OMG what a mess!
WARNING!!!! Don't overtighten the top or you will split it.
I'll post my jerky recipe in a bit or as soon as I find it here....LMBO
I'll be trying your recipes shortly. I'm looking forward to them.

calvins
03-22-2007, 12:43 PM
A friend of mine uses L.S. I've tried it and it'll pass but nothing like real smoke. I've offered the use of my smoker but ... oh well. Personally, I'll stick with the Real McCoy. ;-D A nice pecan, apple, or even cherry works well. We don't care for the mesquite though, for anything.

I have a theory that the folks down south just put a good sales gimmick together to get rid of that stuff on us unsuspecting "Yankees" and make some $ off of what they didn't want anyhow.. Most of them don't even use it. :D

what'sinaname
03-23-2007, 07:38 AM
I know about the liquid smoke. Didn't like the taste much. Maybe too much...

Besides, if I can't pronounce the ingredient, don't what more than half the ingredients are (and I read science evaluation reports for a living) or have read the reports, I don't always want to eat it!

coolrobc
03-23-2007, 09:21 AM
You can make your own liquid smoke. It's pretty easy.

Here's a description of the process used by Alton Brown from Good Eats(I love that show!)

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=31533&sid=07d4f25fab7911c06206898044a6c0ff

serotonin
03-24-2007, 05:04 AM
I would rather soak my socks in a swamp
and smoke them properly,
before I put Liquid Smoke in my mouth.

redhawk
03-24-2007, 09:02 AM
I would rather soak my socks in a swamp
and smoke them properly,
before I put Liquid Smoke in my mouth.

I can see from your photo that it's greatly helped your disposition......

rondak100
09-12-2007, 10:06 PM
Just tired of seeing the post about the kennel for the dog, and a Jerky recipe looked like a good diversion...

sacredloon
09-22-2007, 11:09 PM
You're making me hungry!

thanks for sharing your recipe.

I use basically the same ingredients except I add a few drops of liquid smoke.
YUM!

For jerky fans,you also cannot beat Oscar's Smokehouse in Warrensburg, I a, drooling just thinking about it. :)