collapse

Advertisement


Author Topic: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?  (Read 836 times)

Offline lamrith

  • Business Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+7)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Apr 2014
  • Posts: 1893
  • Location: Tacoma, WA
    • https://www.facebook.com/pelletpeddler/
    • Pellet Peddler LLC
Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« on: January 08, 2020, 09:49:16 AM »
Probably an odd question for you seasoned pro's, but this is my 1st elk and I am self processing, so lot of hands on, learning and questions as I dig into it further..

I followed the Clay Hayes youtube video on breaking him down (HIGHLY reacommend to any new hunter or person wanting to get into self processing).  I steaked up some, big batch of grind meat, few roasts and got everything packaged and frozen.  He also said one section was great for jerky to I held those aside as a whole muscle group and froze them.

I have a slicer so I can get consistent slices but how do you all like to orient and cut versus the muscle grain?  Most jerky I have seen tends to go with the grain.  At time I find that hard to chew/eat once smoked/dried out?  Other times I have had pieces that were across the grain and found it a more enjoyable experience, however it also fell apart a bit and tended to be consumed extremely quickly.  heh 

So how do you like to slice them up? Or do you even pay attention to muscle grain at all?
  • With the grain - I would think this would yield a more tough to chew (not a bad thing for jerky) piece once it is done?
  • Perpendicular to grain -  I would think this would be the easier to chew, also possibly fall/break apart in storage/handling to the point of being a bad idea?
  • angled to grain - I could see this being a nice balance between chewy and strong for handling but not have too pull your teeth out to chew?
Your PNW source for the the best BBQ Grill & smoker pellets on the market:



sales@pelletpeddler.com

Offline Boss .300 winmag

  • Best Biggie Blogger
  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (+10)
  • Explorer
  • ******
  • Join Date: Oct 2010
  • Posts: 12191
  • Location: Skagit Valley
  • DAN-O CAN'T TAKE BIGGIE PICS
Re: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2020, 10:04:17 AM »
🤔
"Just because I like granola, and I have stretched my arms around a few trees, doesn't mean I'm a tree hugger!
Hi I'm 8156, our leader is Bearpaw.
YOU CANNOT REASON WITH A TIGER WHEN YOUR HEAD IS IN ITS MOUTH! Winston Churchill

Keep Calm And Duc On!

Offline STIKNSTRINGBOW

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Aug 2008
  • Posts: 3860
  • Location: Chehalis
    • https://www.facebook.com/stiknstring.bow
Re: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2020, 10:09:00 AM »
I seldom do jerky because I would rather have steaks/chops/roasts/burger from my critters.
It takes a good cut of meat to make good jerky, bad cuts are going to be too tough no matter what you do.
On that note, I cut across the grain for a tender piece.
If it is breaking or falling apart, thicker slices.
I hate having to pick threads of meat out from between my teeth.
Nuggets or cubes work well, and a hand full thrown in some hot broth can make a great lunch...
The mountains are calling and I must go."
- John Muir
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
- John Burroughs
NASP Certified Basic Archery Instructor
NASP Certified Basic Archery Instructor Trainer

Offline elkaholic123

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+6)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2008
  • Posts: 1475
  • Location: granite falls
  • Groups: Montana Dirty Dozen,Life member RMEF,NAHC, WSF
Re: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2020, 10:12:11 AM »
I have always sliced against the grain, I think it takes the marinade/seasoning best...and IS more tender/easier to chew/bite  :dunno:
elkaholic

Offline 7mmfan

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+4)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 4209
  • Location: Marysville
    • https://www.facebook.com/rory.oconnor.9480
Re: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2020, 10:15:10 AM »
I've learned that cutting with the grain can sometimes create pieces that not only are tough, but are dang near inedible depending on the cut of meat used. I put a lot of effort into cutting cross grain on this last round and the results were so much better. I've never experienced jerky falling apart on me, even with tender cuts and cross grain slicing.

I highly suggest cross grain slicing.
I hunt, therefore I am.... I fish, therefore I lie.

Offline milldozer

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Jan 2014
  • Posts: 120
Re: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2020, 10:32:06 AM »
I second cutting across the grain.  You are basically cutting the muscle fibers that make a piece of meat tough.  Cross-cut meat also seems to absorb marinade better.

Offline Angry Perch

  • Past Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Oct 2011
  • Posts: 2936
  • Location: Sammamish
Re: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2020, 10:34:48 AM »
For me, it just depends. When making jerky out of trim, sometimes you don't have much choice. Also, If I want a quick protein snack, tender is good. But sometimes I want something to gnaw on for a while.

Offline Fletch

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 333
  • Location: Moses Lake WA
Re: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2020, 04:56:18 PM »
https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=223102.0;attach=472000;image

I cut mine with the grain.  I like the texture better and the ability to strip it off with my teeth.  the texture is weird to me cross grain.  But personal preference.

Offline ridgefire

  • Non-Hunting & Covid-19 Topics
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Feb 2008
  • Posts: 1111
Re: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2020, 06:42:34 PM »
I have not made alot of jerky but I think I like cutting with the grain better.

Offline Bango skank

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (+8)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: May 2014
  • Posts: 4938
  • Location: colville
Re: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2020, 06:45:11 PM »
https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=223102.0;attach=472000;image

I cut mine with the grain.  I like the texture better and the ability to strip it off with my teeth.  the texture is weird to me cross grain.  But personal preference.

 :yeah:

Thought that was just me.  I like stripping the thin sections apart.

Offline snake

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Aug 2015
  • Posts: 433
  • Location: Washington
Re: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2020, 07:56:58 PM »
I make a ton of jerky every year.  like others have said, cross cut takes the brine/marinade better.  many times I am forced to slice it whatever way will make it stay on my racks the best.  I think you can make good jerky out of just about any piece of meat if done properly.

Offline lokidog

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2009
  • Posts: 14546
  • Location: Decatur Island/Sultan
Re: Elk Jerky, how important is the slice?
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2020, 10:26:44 PM »
https://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=223102.0;attach=472000;image

I cut mine with the grain.  I like the texture better and the ability to strip it off with my teeth.  the texture is weird to me cross grain.  But personal preference.

 :yeah:

Thought that was just me.  I like stripping the thin sections apart.

Like string cheese.....

 


* Advertisement

* Recent Topics

Waterpik by ghosthunter
[Today at 09:22:06 PM]


Incubator possibly too dry and birds are stuck in egg by Birdguy
[Today at 09:11:51 PM]


Funny looking passenger by NOCK NOCK
[Today at 09:09:50 PM]


String Life by elksnout
[Today at 09:04:23 PM]


Arizona Deer and Sheep Draw by ShaneTyTrey
[Today at 08:53:39 PM]


Best youth Compound bow by R2Rcoulee
[Today at 08:51:17 PM]


Colorado Moose by millerwheeler
[Today at 08:48:29 PM]


Banks Lake Walleye by ctwiggs1
[Today at 08:40:29 PM]


FS: CCI 22 Mag ammo $155 by muleyhunter69
[Today at 08:29:48 PM]


WTS: Kifaru hunter duplex frame, 26, coyote brown by dreamingbig
[Today at 08:29:29 PM]


First lite guide lite pant by Shooter4
[Today at 08:17:55 PM]


Morel report? by NOCK NOCK
[Today at 08:17:24 PM]


Knight Bighorn sale by lazydrifter
[Today at 08:15:42 PM]


Calling bears by bearmanric
[Today at 07:56:02 PM]


Kuiu Jacket by MADMAX
[Today at 07:54:56 PM]


Bearpaw Season - Spring 2020 by bearpaw
[Today at 07:53:06 PM]


Jet Sled Practice by buckfvr
[Today at 07:49:54 PM]


FS 1996 f250 xlt by Dan-o
[Today at 07:45:39 PM]


weather resistant hiking pants ? by yakimanoob
[Today at 07:38:04 PM]


FS: 2000 F250 by Jolten
[Today at 07:37:24 PM]