What kind of meat is used for jerky?
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Similarly one may ask, what meats can be used to make jerky?
Jerky can be made from almost any lean meat, including beef, pork, venison or smoked turkey breast. (Raw poultry is generally not recommended for use in making jerky because of the texture and flavor of the finished product.) Raw meats can be contaminated with microorganisms that cause disease.
Secondly, what is the best thickness for beef jerky? To make really good jerky, the jerky meat needs to be the same thickness throughout the meat, one-fourth of an inch thick is standard. It is impossible to cut the top round by hand consistently at one-fourth of an inch. Below is a photo of Beef Top Round sliced 1/4 inch thick.
Similarly one may ask, how do you cut meat for jerky?
Always cut your jerky strips with the grain. If you're not sure which way the grain lays, cut a thin slice of the meat from the piece you've chosen for jerky. Grasp opposite ends of the meat slice and attempt to pull it apart. If it separates easily, your likely cutting "across the grain".
Can you use chuck roast for beef jerky?
Chuck steak and brisket is fine for making beef jerky but will require more trimming as you slice to remove some of the marbled fat.