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Donger
10-02-2006, 03:22 PM
I really like beef jerky. Always have. I almost always have a bag with me, especially when I travel. My favorite brand (store-bought, anyway) is Jack Link's with KC Masterpiece. However, I never realized how f*cking expensive it is until yesterday. $4.89 for 3.65 ounces? That's more expensive that tenderloin. I've never noticed before.

Why is it so expensive? I assume the processing expense?

Frankie
10-02-2006, 03:24 PM
Don't bitch. Go home and make your own "beef jerky."

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-02-2006, 03:26 PM
It's time consuming to make. There's a smokehouse right down the street from me that has the best jerky I've ever had, it's $25/lb.

Donger
10-02-2006, 03:26 PM
Don't bitch. Go home and make your own "beef jerky."

I'm not really complaining. I was just surprised. I don't really look at what things cost at the grocery store, until now. I only know that jerky is more expensive than tenderloin because I my wife bitched at me about it, and pointed out that the steaks were less expensive.

Jilly
10-02-2006, 03:26 PM
I don't know why it's expensive, but I love those Jack Link's nuggets - the peppered kind, oh they're good.

Donger
10-02-2006, 03:27 PM
It's time consuming to make. There's a smokehouse right down the street from me that has the best jerky I've ever had, it's $25/lb.

Do they ship it out-of-state?

StcChief
10-02-2006, 03:27 PM
Time involved in smoker,dryer. Good stuff.

Frankie
10-02-2006, 03:29 PM
I only know that jerky is more expensive than tenderloin because I my wife bitched at me about it.
I think you misunderstood her. She meant "meat jerky" and you missed your chance.
:p

seclark
10-02-2006, 03:30 PM
i found a recipe for making jerkey out of hamburger/deerburger in an old missouri conservationist about 12 years ago. don't remember all the spices, or the oven temp, but it's pretty much just a matter of forming the burger into turd-like shapes and freezing it. then slice it as thin as you want and toss it in the oven.
wasn't too bad...
sec

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-02-2006, 03:30 PM
Do they ship it out-of-state?
I don't believe so, but I can check if you're really interested.

Boon
10-02-2006, 03:33 PM
I think a lot of the cost is due to the shrinkage that takes place. Probably takes five lbs. of meat to make a lb. of jerky. You're gonna pay for the whole five pounds.

JBucc
10-02-2006, 03:35 PM
I get all mine free from a guy I used to go to church with. Best I've ever had. The jerky's good too.

Donger
10-02-2006, 03:36 PM
Considering how much I like it, I've never looked on the Internet for beef jerky stores. Some are rather frightening.

Look at this one: http://www.thejerkyoutlet.com

At first I thought it was a porn site, but it isn't.

Donger
10-02-2006, 03:36 PM
I don't believe so, but I can check if you're really interested.

That would be nice, thanks.

Jilly
10-02-2006, 03:37 PM
I get all mine free from a guy I used to go to church with. Best I've ever had. The jerky's good too.
LMAO

Frazod
10-02-2006, 03:38 PM
Outrageous jerky prices = a travesty.

Outrageous gas prices = fine and dandy.

You crack me up. LMAO

Donger
10-02-2006, 03:40 PM
Outrageous jerky prices = a travesty.

Outrageous gas prices = fine and dandy.

You crack me up. LMAO

Huh?

I know why gasoline prices are what they are. I don't know why jerky prices are what they are. Hence my asking.

Skip Towne
10-02-2006, 03:41 PM
I don't want no jerky. I ain't got no teef. Beef Jerky is Jethro Bodine's "Hollywood" name.

Jilly
10-02-2006, 03:43 PM
Outrageous jerky prices = a travesty.

Outrageous gas prices = fine and dandy.

You crack me up. LMAO

shut up, dude. This is serious business. Maybe we just like our beef, I know I do.

sedated
10-02-2006, 03:44 PM
shut up, dude. This is serious business. Maybe we just like our beef, I know I do.

yes. yes you do

AZORChiefFan
10-02-2006, 03:45 PM
I have found that (and I hate to say it but) walmart has Jack Links big bags for like 2.89 or so.

I like the Carne Seca mmm spicy kinda.

Bob Dole
10-02-2006, 03:45 PM
I think a lot of the cost is due to the shrinkage that takes place. Probably takes five lbs. of meat to make a lb. of jerky. You're gonna pay for the whole five pounds.

That's more accurate than the "time" theories previously posted. By the time you trim the beef for drying process, there's probably a 30% loss over what a normal cut would sell retail. Once you remove all the water to make it jerky, it's probably close to 10% of its original weight.

Jilly
10-02-2006, 03:53 PM
yes. yes you do

hey, is that a fat joke?

Buster's Dad
10-02-2006, 03:56 PM
As a old retired meatcutter who made tons of this stuff its the shrinkage that makes the price so high, depends on what type of meat you use.
the shrinkage on lean round steak is about 90%, and it is terribly time consuming to make and very labor intensive.

Predarat
10-02-2006, 03:57 PM
I love that balck pepper stuff! But it is a lot of $$. The insight in this thread is good!

Jilly
10-02-2006, 04:00 PM
I love that balck pepper stuff! But it is a lot of $$. The insight in this thread is good!

I gotta tell ya, I feel slightly enlightened.

BWillie
10-02-2006, 04:00 PM
You can go to the Salvage Mart in NKC and buy beef jerky for about 2 dollars for a big pack. Of course it's past dated, but it tastes the same.

Donger
10-02-2006, 04:07 PM
As a old retired meatcutter who made tons of this stuff its the shrinkage that makes the price so high, depends on what type of meat you use.
the shrinkage on lean round steak is about 90%, and it is terribly time consuming to make and very labor intensive.

Wow. I had no idea. I suppose that I probably should have expended more thought on it considering how often I eat it.

Jilly
10-02-2006, 04:10 PM
Wow. I had no idea. I suppose that I probably should have expended more thought on it considering how often I eat it.

nah, that's what you have these guys for. you need a question answere and they provide. No need for thinking. Besides, who knew? Like I said, I am leaving here today a smarter person.

Donger
10-02-2006, 04:12 PM
As a old retired meatcutter who made tons of this stuff its the shrinkage that makes the price so high, depends on what type of meat you use.
the shrinkage on lean round steak is about 90%, and it is terribly time consuming to make and very labor intensive.

I probably shouldn't ask this, but I have to. What cut of beef do they most commonly use for beef jerky?

JBucc
10-02-2006, 04:23 PM
I probably shouldn't ask this, but I have to. What cut of beef do they most commonly use for beef jerky?Penis. Hence the shrinkage.

BIG_DADDY
10-02-2006, 04:24 PM
I probably shouldn't ask this, but I have to. What cut of beef do they most commonly use for beef jerky?

I get a london broil cut it into strips and season it any number of ways I like. Put it on a rack in your stove at low heat when I go to bed and turn it off in the morning. I have jerky forever like that and it doesn't cost jack.

Adept Havelock
10-02-2006, 04:27 PM
I get a london broil cut it into strips and season it any number of ways I like. Put it on a rack in your stove at low heat when I go to bed and turn it off in the morning. I have jerky forever like that and it doesn't cost jack.


Yep. Good jerky is dried, not cooked. Also, it should be hard enough you can file it down to a knife point and stab someone with it.

Very chewy, but It'll keep for a long damn time.

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-02-2006, 04:30 PM
I probably shouldn't ask this, but I have to. What cut of beef do they most commonly use for beef jerky?
I'm pretty sure it's the brisket.

Calcountry
10-02-2006, 04:32 PM
I really like beef jerky. Always have. I almost always have a bag with me, especially when I travel. My favorite brand (store-bought, anyway) is Jack Link's with KC Masterpiece. However, I never realized how f*cking expensive it is until yesterday. $4.89 for 3.65 ounces? That's more expensive that tenderloin. I've never noticed before.

Why is it so expensive? I assume the processing expense?Because there is this cartel, Big Beef, and they control the flow of Jerky to the supermarket.

Whenever there is a snow storm, they use that as an excuse to jack up the price of Jerky on you poor SOB's that are addicted to it.

They know that you cannot do anything about it, so you just have to bend over and take your Jerky in the...

Donger
10-02-2006, 04:41 PM
Because there is this cartel, Big Beef, and they control the flow of Jerky to the supermarket.

Whenever there is a snow storm, they use that as an excuse to jack up the price of Jerky on you poor SOB's that are addicted to it.

They know that you cannot do anything about it, so you just have to bend over and take your Jerky in the...

LMAO

Rain Man
10-02-2006, 04:49 PM
I've always heard that beef jerky is expensive because it's really hard to find dried-up cows.

AZORChiefFan
10-02-2006, 04:54 PM
I've always heard that beef jerky is expensive because it's really hard to find dried-up cows.

They must not look in Scottsdale. Tons of dried up cows here.

StcChief
10-02-2006, 04:56 PM
they are talking about cows with more than two teets...

Calcountry
10-02-2006, 05:07 PM
They must not look in Scottsdale. Tons of dried up cows here.:LOL:

markd2000
10-02-2006, 05:08 PM
I've tried tons of different samples from around the country and BAR NONE, the best ever is Sturgis Beef Jerky (yes that's right...home of the Black Hills Bike Rally). It's been there forever, even before the Rally became popular. Here is the link and ENJOY!!!

http://blackhillsjerky.com/

MichaelH
10-02-2006, 05:11 PM
I bought some Pemmican teriaki the other day. It was on sale and slightly cheaper than Jack Links. It wasn't near as good though.

My Dad bought me a food dehydrator years ago to make my own venison jerky. I've never used it but an oven works just as well I am told.

FAX
10-02-2006, 05:15 PM
If these prices continue to skyrocket, I'm converting my belly to hydrogen jerky.

FAX

HemiEd
10-02-2006, 05:25 PM
shut up, dude. This is serious business. Maybe we just like our beef, I know I do.

I would grab some popcorn but I already have a plate full of food. :D

Buster's Dad
10-02-2006, 05:27 PM
I probably shouldn't ask this, but I have to. What cut of beef do they most commonly use for beef jerky?

Round steak is the best, no fat. fat is the worst enemy of jerky, any fat left on the meat can turn rancid and ruin your jerky.
we made it out of beef round, buffalo round and for customers we did thier wild game.

HemiEd
10-02-2006, 05:36 PM
I've tried tons of different samples from around the country and BAR NONE, the best ever is Sturgis Beef Jerky (yes that's right...home of the Black Hills Bike Rally). It's been there forever, even before the Rally became popular. Here is the link and ENJOY!!!

http://blackhillsjerky.com/

Thanks, I think I will order some of that. I am going to look closely for tell-tale signs of tattoos though. :D

elvomito
10-02-2006, 05:45 PM
i think jack link's used to make a black pepper jerky... that was my favorite of the supermarket variety.

this place in osage beach makes my absolute favorite though
http://www.smokehouse.com/burgers.nsf/x/F64982B105589BF58625677600180D59
i don't remember paying quite that high in-store though... $65.00 for 24oz is awfully high

boogblaster
10-02-2006, 06:12 PM
Donger..Luthers Smokehouse Inc..www.jerkyusa.com.. the very best there is period..the teriyaki is to die for..they ship anywhere world wide..by the pound or more..toll free.1-800-322-0868....LeRoy Kansas...

BigOlChiefsfan
10-02-2006, 06:18 PM
Pretty easy to do it yourself drying it in the oven, just like BD said he does his. Here's an online article that shows you how.

http://www4.gvsu.edu/triert/s/articles/jerky1.htm

dave0320
10-02-2006, 06:22 PM
Buy a Nesco Dehydrator at Walmart for $19.99, buy which comes with the ingrediates and buy 1-2 lbs of chop meat. Follow directions and you will have great jerky in 8 hours. :LOL:

Calcountry
10-02-2006, 06:35 PM
I bought some Pemmican teriaki the other day. It was on sale and slightly cheaper than Jack Links. It wasn't near as good though.

My Dad bought me a food dehydrator years ago to make my own venison jerky. I've never used it but an oven works just as well I am told.Does your Daddy still love you?

chief52
10-02-2006, 06:38 PM
Buy a Nesco Dehydrator at Walmart for $19.99, buy which comes with the ingrediates and buy 1-2 lbs of chop meat. Follow directions and you will have great jerky in 8 hours. :LOL:

My buddy brought over some jerkey that was excellent. He later told us his wife made it in the dehydrator. Don't know how she did it, but it was great.

Boon
10-02-2006, 06:53 PM
My favorite has to be Pat's Beef Jerky from Liebenthal, KS. I like the regular, but they make other types. Give it a try, it's the BEST!!!

http://www.patsbeefjerky.com/

runnercyclist
10-03-2006, 01:48 AM
I don't know why it's expensive, but I love those Jack Link's nuggets - the peppered kind, oh they're good.

First tits, now nuggets.

I'm voting for Jilly as the Chief Babe of the Week!

runnercyclist
10-03-2006, 01:54 AM
Considering how much I like it, I've never looked on the Internet for beef jerky stores. Some are rather frightening.

Look at this one: http://www.thejerkyoutlet.com

At first I thought it was a porn site, but it isn't.

LOL that site is Hilarious!

"ExxonMobil is The Jerky Outlet"!

runnercyclist
10-03-2006, 01:57 AM
Penis. Hence the shrinkage.
ROFL