Category Archives: Beef

Wild West Jerky

Seasonings and other ingredients for 5 lbs. (2.25 kg)

  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) Bradley Honey Cure (Do not use more than this amount)
  • 4 tsp. (20 ml) pepper, black
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) MSG (optional)
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) cayenne
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml)) coriander
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) chili powder
  • 6 Tbsp. (90 ml) soy sauce
  • 4 tsp. (20 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup (360 ml) apple juice
  • 4 cups (960 ml) cold water

Note: If the meat weighs either more or less than 5 pounds (2.25 kg), the amount of cure mix applied must be proportional to that weight. For example, if the weight of the meat is 2 1/2 pounds (1.15 kg), then each ingredient, including the Bradley Cure, needs to be cut in half.

Preparation and seasoning

  1. Begin with hunks of meat, rather than with meat that has been cut into steaks or chops. (Steaks and chops are cut across the grain of the meat.  This makes them unsuitable for jerky.)
  2. Chill the meat thoroughly. Cold meat is easier to cut, and bacterial growth is retarded.
  3. Trim the fat from the meat. It is impossible to remove the streaks of fat that are marbled into the meat, but you should remove all fat that can be removed easily.
  4. Use a long slicing knife or an electric meat slicer to slice 1/4 inch (7 mm) thick strips. The strips should be 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) wide.  The meat must be cut with the grain, not across the grain. If the meat is cut across the grain, it will be too fragile after it dries. You can determine if the strip has been correctly cut with the grain by pulling on the ends of the strip. If it has been properly cut with the grain, the strip will stretch; if not, the muscle fibres will separate, and the strip will tear.
  5. Chill the meat again while preparing the seasoning mixture.
  6. Combine and stir the seasoning blend well until all ingredients are dissolved. Chill the mixture well.
  7. Add the meat strips and stir them from time to time, especially during the first few hours of curing. Refrigerate overnight.
  8. During the morning of the second day, use a colander to drain the curing liquid from the meat. Do not rinse!

Drying and smoking the jerky

  1. Hang the strips, place the strips on smoker racks, or lay the strips in wire-mesh smoking baskets. (Wire-mesh baskets are preferable; hanging the strips will allow more of the product to be processed, but the use of baskets makes processing easier and faster.) A thermometer is not required for beef, pork, or any other kind of meat if the suggested high temperatures and long processing times are followed. You may use a common smoker with a heat source inside. To facilitate drying, the smoker chimney damper should be fully open.
  2. Dry at 140°F (60°C) with no smoke until the surface is dry. This will require at least one hour. If the strips are on wire mesh, turn them over after 30 to 45 minutes to prevent sticking.
  3. Raise temperature to 160°F (71°C), and smoke for 2 or 3 hours.
  4. Raise temperature to 175°F (80°C) – for poultry, raise the temperature to 185°F (85°C) – and continue to dry with no smoke until done. This final drying and cooking step will require about three hours. When the jerky is done, it will be about half the thickness of the raw jerky, and it will appear to have lost about 50% of its weight. The jerky will not snap when it is bent, but a few of the muscle fibres will fray. If the jerky is dried until it snaps when it is bent, the jerky will have a longer shelf life, but it will not be as tasty.
  5. Let the jerky cool to room temperature, and either freeze or refrigerate it.

Note: If the salt taste is too mild, the next time you make this product, add about 1 teaspoon of salt to the ingredients list. If the salt taste is too strong, reduce the amount of Bradley Cure by about 1 teaspoon.

Slow Smoked Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg (3 lb) boneless cross rib roast
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves slivered

Rub:

  • 60 ml (1/4 c) paprika
  • 30 ml (1/8 c) ground black pepper
  • 125 ml (1/2 c) salt
  • 125 ml (1/2 c) sugar
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) chili powder
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) garlic powder
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) onion powder
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) dried ground thyme
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) dried ground sage
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) cayenne pepper

Preparation The night before serving the roast, combine dry rub ingredients in a small bowl. Insert garlic slivers into the meat. Rub meat all over with the dry rub. Place in a plastic bag and refrigerate overnight. Remove meat from the refrigerator and let stand for around 45 minutes.

Smoking Method Preheat the Bradley Smoker to between 95°C and 105°C (200°F and 220°F). Transfer the meat to a smoker rack and place in the smoker. Using Mesquite flavour bisquettes smoke/cook the meat for approximately 4 to 6 hours.

To Serve

Serve as a pot roast dinner with vegetables, potatoes and pickles.