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Old 12-17-2016, 10:56 AM   #1
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My neighbor is getting an electric smoker for his dad for Christmas, with its main purpose being for jerky. Looking for a little insight to pass on.
1) Is an electric smoker the right tool
2)recommendations
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Old 12-17-2016, 10:59 AM   #2
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They are air tight enough that it's hard to move the moisture out of the smoker. I've heard some folks opening them every 20-30 minutes to help or even leaving the door cracked open.
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Old 12-17-2016, 11:19 AM   #3
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I'd recommend a dedicated dehydrator like the Excalibur, had one for years, made great jerky, dried fruits, no smoke flavor of course but we used liquid smoke.
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Can't go wrong with little chief smoker. Used my uncles years ago for jerky and salmon.
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I'd recommend a dedicated dehydrator like the Excalibur, had one for years, made great jerky, dried fruits, no smoke flavor of course but we used liquid smoke.
I agree with this. I have the nesco and it works great for jerky. Always better off this then the pellet smoker
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Old 12-17-2016, 03:26 PM   #6
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I own a 9 try Excalibur and it is great. Franklin also uses one in this video. He also hits it will a little smoke before he dehydrates.

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Old 12-17-2016, 04:28 PM   #7
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If all you do is jerky I would say dehydrator. But if you want to smoke salmon, cheese, nuts, salt, or other low temp items I would get an electric smoker. It will also do great jerky.
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I own a 9 try Excalibur and it is great. Franklin also uses one in this video. He also hits it will a little smoke before he dehydrates.
That's what I do as well. The Excalibur is a great dehydrator. They also make smaller ones.
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Old 12-18-2016, 02:57 PM   #9
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I have a nesco dehydrator. You can buy more racks for it and dry about 14 racks at a time. I hit my jerky with a cold smoker before I dry. I built a little Venturi smoker to push the cold smoke into the chamber. It's pretty easy to build.
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Old 12-18-2016, 03:08 PM   #10
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I've never done any jerky but I can't imagine that my Masterbuilt 40 couldn't dry out thinly sliced beef to the point of turning it into jerky. No water in the pan, open the vent completely and place a small fan on top blowing across the vent to lift and disperse the exiting steam. That said I would also think that a dehydrator would be a better option.
Maybe start with the smoker to give it a smoky flavor and move it to a dehydrator to finish things off?
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Old 12-18-2016, 04:54 PM   #11
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My neighbor has used a couple of Little Chiefs very successfully for many years to do wild game jerky.

I have a $300 Masterbuilt and do the smoking in it then finish drying in a $200 Excaliber . Of course I Cook lots of stuff in the Masterbuilt and dry lots of veggies and other stuff in the Excaliber.

If you are only going to be doing jerky, the $100 Little Chief is the better way better deal.
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