Step 1: Choosing a Meat
But for this instructables, we'll be using steak. Flank steak, exactly. Other good popular options are brisket, london broil, and round. Basically, the cheap stuff.
Step 2: Cutting the Meat
Once slightly frozen, slice 1/8" strips along the grain of the meat. Those are the lines you see going across the steak. You can use them as your thickness guideline, also.
Step 3: Marinade!
A traditional beef jerky would only have some salt and pepper, maybe paprika.
More contemporary recipes include soy sauce, terriyaki, peppers of all sorts and fruits as a marinade.
For the 2+ lbs of meat i had, my recipe went as so:
2/3 cup of soy sauce
<1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce (to taste, and completely unnecessary if you're like me and hate the stuff)
1/3 cup terriyaki sauce
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
lots of black pepper
Experiment! Then let it sit in the fridge overnight to soak in some flavor!
Step 4: Smoking
Away from heat, I place the meat in strips perpendicular from the metal bars. Looking back, i think i should have hung them instead. Thats better as it means theres no need to flip the jerky over later.
15-30 minutes in the smoke should get your jerky just the way you like it. Dont let it become a piece of leather by keeping it too long, pull them out when only a tiny but of pink remains.
Step 5: Preservation
Enjoy, and comment if you have any questions.