There’s nothing quite like homemade jerky. Learn how to make it from scratch with our easy electric smoked beef jerky recipe.
How to prepare beef for jerky
To prepare beef round for the electric smoker, you will need to trim it down and slice it to form the raw strips of beef.
Start by trimming off any sinew or obvious excess fat on the round. It’s unlikely to contain much, but it’s important to look out for it.
Also remove the silverskin, if it has any. This can turn hard when smoked and will deform the beef as it cooks. Do this by gliding a blunt table knife under the skin, and use a dry paper towel to get purchase on it and pull away. With any luck it will come away in one go, but if not you will need to repeat this until it has all been removed.
Slice the trimmed round against the grain to create quarter-inch slices. It’s important to slice the beef against the grain to avoid your final jerky being too tough to chew.