Making beef jerky is a popular way to preserve meat. It can be stored for long periods of time and doesn’t require refrigeration. Beef jerky is also a healthy snack that is high in protein and low in fat. There are many different ways to make beef jerky, but the most popular method is to use a smoker.
Keep reading to learn more about how to make beef jerky on a Pit Boss smoker.
Types of Beef Jerky to Make
There are many types of beef jerky that you can make on a Pit Boss smoker. You can either use ground beef or sliced beef. If you use ground beef, you will need to mix in some seasonings such as soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder. If you use sliced beef, you will need to marinate the beef in a mixture of these same seasonings.
The key to making good beef jerky is to use lean beef. The fat in beef will cause the beef jerky to go bad quickly. You also want to make sure that you slice the beef thinly so that it will dry evenly.
Ways to Make Beef Jerky on a Pit Boss Smoker
There are a few ways to make beef jerky on a Pit Boss smoker.
One way is to use the jerky racks that come with the smoker. These racks allow you to suspend the meat so that it cooks evenly on all sides. Another way is to use aluminum foil. Cut a piece of foil large enough to cover the meat, and then poke holes in the foil so that the smoke can reach the meat. Place the foil-covered meat on the rack and cook as usual. You can also cook beef jerky directly on the racks, but it will not be as evenly cooked.
Whichever method you choose, make sure to cook the beef jerky until it is hard and dry. This can take anywhere from four to six hours, depending on the thickness of the meat.
1. Make sure the smoker is turned off and unplugged when not in use.
2. Keep children and pets away from the smoker while it is in use.
3. Always use the proper ventilation when smoking, as smoke can be harmful to your lungs.
4. Wear gloves when handling raw meat to avoid cross contamination.
5. Make sure the beef jerky is fully cooked before eating, as raw meat can contain harmful bacteria.
Pit Boss Smoker Beef Jerky Recipe
1 pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1. Preheat your smoker to 165 degrees F.
2. In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until the beef is thoroughly coated.
3. Place the beef onto the smoker racks, making sure that the pieces are not touching each other.
4. Smoke for 4-6 hours, or until the beef is cooked through and slightly firm to the touch.
5. Remove from the smoker and let cool before storing in an airtight container.