How to make Beef Jerky in a Pit Barrel Cooker

Today we are going to make smoked beef jerky in the Pit Barrel Cooker. And the best part is … we won’t use Worcestershire or Soy sauce and its ready in 1 hour.

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Recipe –
2 lbs Lean top round, thin sliced
¼ water
2 TBS sea salt
3 TBS brown sugar
3 TBS blackstrap molasses
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 bottle stout or dark beer
2 chunks of Hickory or Mesquite wood

To make cutting the beef easier, put the meat in the freezer for about half an hour. This will firm up the meat making it easier to cut. Now Cut the top round into 1 inch strips.

Combine all of the ingredients in a large ziplock freezer bag and add the meat. seal it, shake it around so that the meat is all coated and place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Everytime you go the the fridge to get something, turn the meat by moving the bag or whenever you think about it.

It has been 24 hours and we are ready to make the jerky! Pull the jerky out of the refrigerator and let it warm up to room temperature.

While the meat is warming,

Start your Pit Barrel Cooker by filling the charcoal basket to the top of the handle. Then add the starter fluid. Place the basket into the cooker and light the charcoal. When the charcoal is ashed over, place the lid on the cooker and wait 30 minutes. This gives the cooker a chance to stabilize.

While the Pit Barrel Cooker is warming up, Remove the beef strips from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels.

Push the beef onto skewers, leaving a air gap between the beef so the smoke and heat can get evenly around them. We can get about 8 strips on each skewer.

Add the two wood chunks to the charcoal,

Place the skewed beef jerky on the rebar, you can get approximately 8 skewers next to each other, now put the lid on. It will take approximately 1 hour for the meat to become jerky. Check it every 30 minutes. As the jerky will dry out quickly.

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About This Video:
In this video Berlon Burch shows how to build a Tin Can Survival Cook Stove and demonstrates how to use it in two different ways.
1. Using your buddy burner from this video and,
2. How to use the stove with sticks and wood.

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Berlon is a passionate individual with many survival and outdoors skills. He recently decided to share the knowledge he has gained from Boy Scouts and living in Alaska as well as the desert SouthWestern states. An hopes that the knowledge shared may help someone on down the road. His skills include, Wilderness Survival, Winter Survival, Desert Survival, Camping and Equipment, Resourcefulness, Preparedness and photography.

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