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Offline willis5

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Trial and error
« on: January 11, 2006, 02:53:41 AM »
Well error...

I smoked some thinly butterflied backstrap medalions for 2.5 hours at 225 Deg... yeah, I turned it into jerky... I think it was too hot for too long, whatcha think?
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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2006, 04:38:50 AM »
jerky is good . . . [:D]

great attitude, Willis!

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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2006, 03:17:02 PM »
It was good, but dry like jerky when i wanted it moist. I kept the vent closed at the top, but do you think it was too hot? too long? or both?

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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2006, 03:34:10 PM »
willis, common sense would lead you to beleave that if you close the vent it would leave it moist, i have been playing around with jerky and start to beleave that when the vent is almost closed in the first 1 to 2 hours it will dray out the moister out of the meat giving it a wet look ( cooking from the inside first then start working on the outside) then start to open vent to dry it, when vent is open in the start it will start to cook from the outside first to the inside,i think that is what happend in your case of try to just cook it or steam it.

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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2006, 03:57:00 PM »
ouch! it aint like you can get those things at the store!

when I make jerky in the oven, I cook it at 200 for about 2 hours.  I'm guessing....yeah, you over cooked it.  How thin are the butterfly-ed medallions?

Better idea, in my humble opinion, may be to cold smoke them then grill them.

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Offline willis5

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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2006, 04:06:39 PM »
they were really thin. 1/3"


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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2006, 05:23:42 PM »
Well 1/3" is jerky size.
I might make a suggestion. For a thin piece of meat like this, try about 20 min (1 puck) smoke then out to a hot pan for about a minute or so on each side. I think you'll get the smoke flavor and an edible piece of meat. There is no need to preheat the smoker since you're going for flavor not cooking. I have not tried this but it sounds good.

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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2006, 06:08:00 PM »
Phone guy is right on the money. Been there and done that. It works great.[^]

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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2006, 10:20:36 PM »
Yo Willis
Gotta go with the PG on this one.  The 1/3" medallions are definite candidates for a quick saute in a very hot skillet.  Heat your skillet, add equal amounts butter and oil, heat the oil combo until just about smoking.  Season the medallions well with salt/pepper, add to the pan and cook quickly, maybe a minute per side.  Don't crowd the pan, it will lower the cooking temp and steam rather than saute.  Do the job in batches if necessary.
The idea to cold smoke for about 20 minutes, 1 puck, makes great sense, too. This method should give you a quality meal.
Good luck.
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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2006, 10:22:48 PM »
Yo Willis
Gotta go with the PG on this one.  The 1/3" medallions are definite candidates for a quick saute in a very hot skillet.  Heat your skillet, add equal amounts butter and oil, heat the oil combo until just about smoking.  Season the medallions well with salt/pepper, add to the pan and cook quickly, maybe a minute per side.  Don't crowd the pan, it will lower the cooking temp and steam rather than saute.  Do the job in batches if necessary.
The idea to cold smoke for about 20 minutes, 1 puck, makes great sense, too. This method should give you a quality meal.
Good luck.
Seabjorn

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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2006, 03:49:59 AM »
Welcome, Bjorn. . . like your idea for the venison


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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2006, 12:45:15 AM »
Thanks for the welcome John.  I hope Willis' backstrap turns out good, that's a damn fine piece of meat.
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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2006, 12:59:11 AM »
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Re: Trial and error
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2006, 08:09:57 PM »
I think I just got carried away!

I tried again and PG's advice was the ticket. I had a garlic rub that I seasoned with and they were the best! Thanks!
Willis