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Old 10-30-2014, 06:44 AM   #1
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Default first smoke in the beer keg UDS: jerky!

it took a while but it finally happened. my first smoke ever, in my beer keg mini UDS. a friend had been talking about making jerky since we did a road trip together in the southern states (Dallas, Austin, Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Pensacola, Destin, Birmingham, Scottsboro, Nashville, Memphis and Hot Springs in july 2013). that stuff was our favorite snack on the road. but quite expensive and nearly impossible to get here in Belgium.

so he came up with 2 marinades that both tasted great. we used black pepper on all the jerky and experimented with different seasoning. some had paprika and chili, some had a BBQ sweet and spicy pepper mix and some had McCormick Montreal Steak mix. they ALL turned out to be very tasty.

we smoked really cold for about 3 hours with 2 brickettes, a piece of cherry wood and some oak chips. after we went up to 4 brickettes and the temperature went to 125° until the jerky was done. i noticed after a while that in this small smoker i needed something to deflect the heat to get an even cooking temperature so came up with something really quick. but i'm sure i will have to make something more permanent for this cooker.

pre cook jerky




the result, minus some that didn't make it long enough for the picture


quick fix heat deflector


what was left after a nice clean burn


oak and cherry underneath


during the cook i worked in the garden and made some small wood chunks for the smoker. these are now drying. the crate on top is quince and the big one is apple.


has anyone used quince as smoke wood before?
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Old 10-30-2014, 06:57 AM   #2
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Looks very tasty!!! Ya'll did an awesome job!! Never used quince... Let us know how it smokes!
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Old 10-30-2014, 07:29 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Brethren!
Your jerky looks very good and thanks for posting your results.
Quince will probably be good for smoking, it is related to apple and pear and they are both used in smokers. It is not grown widely in North America because it is very susceptible to fireblight disease.
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