How Long To Smoke Beef Jerky In A Smoker?

How long do you smoke jerky?

Drying and smoking the jerky

  • Hang the strips, place the strips on smoker racks, or lay the strips in wire-mesh smoking baskets.
  • Dry at 140°F (60°C) with no smoke until the surface is dry.
  • Raise temperature to 160°F (71°C), and smoke for 2 or 3 hours.

How do you know when jerky is done in a smoker?

Check to see if it is done by bending it AFTER it has cooled down (let cool for 5-10 minutes, this helps not to over dry). It should take a total of between 6 to 15 hours depending on the thickness of your jerky and the brand of smoker you have.

How do you smoke beef jerky in a propane smoker?

Set your propane smoker’s temperature to a low heat between 175-200 degrees Fahrenheit. Pop in your racks full of beef strips, cover the smoker, and let it go for around eight hours. We recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure your smoker is maintaining the appropriate temperature.

What temperature do you smoke deer jerky at?

Putting your jerky strips on the grate in the kitchen is much easier than directly on a hot grill grate. Light your smoker and let it come to a low temperature of 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember that most meat you smoke is typically 200-225 degrees, so make sure you turn down the smoker or use less charcoal.

Do you use water pan when smoking jerky?


The meat will create moisture and the water in the pan will create steam. Smoke does not stick good to wet meat. The 3-6 pucks you have in the dry bowl you wont even notice.

Can you smoke jerky at 200 degrees?

Bring the temperature up to 180°F to 200°F and add a handful of wood chips to the smoker. If the smoke is a heavy white, increase the temperature of the smoker. This white smoke can give the meat a bitter taste and ruin the jerky. Lower the temperature back to 160°F and DO NOT add any more wood chips.