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#6131346 - 01/11/16 08:10 PM Dehydrator or electric smoker
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My dehydrator just took a dump. I use it for jerky. I have a traditional smoker I use for smoking meats. However I want to put my jerky in and go to bed or work. What's your thoughts.
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#6131737 - 01/12/16 05:18 AM Re: Dehydrator or electric smoker [Re: Normanpig]
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Buy another dehydrator, they're not expensive. Mine is 14-15 yrs old and still running strong. American Harvest brand.....

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#6131909 - 01/12/16 08:20 AM Re: Dehydrator or electric smoker [Re: Normanpig]
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My MES does not do a good job for jerky. Very inconsistent.
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#6131956 - 01/12/16 09:01 AM Re: Dehydrator or electric smoker [Re: Normanpig]
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I use a dehydrator for Jerky, then for smoke use the grill or smoker to finish it off and add some smoke flavor.
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#6132149 - 01/12/16 10:55 AM Re: Dehydrator or electric smoker [Re: Normanpig]
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I have been running a Nesco dehydrator for awhile and it does a great job, but you cant really leave it unattended all day. I get the best results when I rotate racks periodically. The one I use can be had on amazon for less than 60 bucks I think. It uses a fan to circulate air but the top racks are closer to the fan and heat so they finish faster than the bottom racks so I just move them around accordingly. You can also buy more racks (it comes with 5 or 6) pretty inexpensively. I use liquid smoke in jerky a lot with good results. I'm a bbq snob and will be the first to admit that there is no replacement for real wood smoke but I prefer less work and I hate double the processes. My smoker is also a beast and I'd be crazy to fire it up for jerky only.

I marinade the strips of meat for 24 yo 48 hours anyway so they are packed with flavor.

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#6132415 - 01/12/16 01:36 PM Re: Dehydrator or electric smoker [Re: Normanpig]
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Thanks guys! I guess I will grab another dehydrator. The last one lasted 10ish years. I normally have my wife move the trays around or come home to check on mine aswell.
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#6133005 - 01/12/16 07:11 PM Re: Dehydrator or electric smoker [Re: Normanpig]
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Smokers do a better job on jerky, provided you have a way to circulate air. Smokin-Tex has a fan that does just that. Best jerky we've ever had due to the smoky flavor.






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#6133391 - 01/12/16 11:23 PM Re: Dehydrator or electric smoker [Re: Normanpig]
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Those are sweet! Someday.... Looks good!
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#6133399 - 01/12/16 11:42 PM Re: Dehydrator or electric smoker [Re: Rembrandt]
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That looks great Rem. up

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#6136025 - 01/14/16 05:09 PM Re: Dehydrator or electric smoker [Re: Normanpig]
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http://www.cabelas.com/product/cabela-s-harvester-pro-five-tier-dehydrator/2122098.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dcabelas%252Bdehydrator%26x%3D10%26y%3D6%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%252BProducts&Ntt=cabelas+dehydrator

I went ahead and bought this guy.

Running a batch now......
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#6136033 - 01/14/16 05:14 PM Re: Dehydrator or electric smoker [Re: Normanpig]
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let us know how that works out. I'm in the market as well.
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#6146745 - 01/21/16 12:20 PM Re: Dehydrator or electric smoker [Re: Normanpig]
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I love it! Timer makes it awesome. Trays could be tougher. But time will tell.
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