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  • DougR
    Club Member
    • Jan 2020
    • 1

    Hello From Nor Cal

    While I have been grilling on a gas grill for years, I just ordered my first pellet grill, a Weber SmokeFire. One thing I would like to do on it is to make jerky. I am looking at various racks to purchase. But, I have become a bit confused. You have your stainless steel racks, steel racks coated with a non-stick surface, you have simple bar rack and expanded steel grates. Does anyone have any suggestions on which would work best?
  • ComfortablyNumb
    Club Member
    • May 2017
    • 3094
    • Northeast Washington
    • KBQ C-60
      PK360
      Thermoworks Smoke
      Thermoworks Thermopop
      Thermoworks Dot

    #2
    Welcome to the Pit from a NorCal escapee now living in the Okanogan Valley of Washington state. My preference is SS, but I don't use pellets.

    Along with tips, techniques, and recipes about BBQ we have a lot of fun.

    If you like music, go to this thread to hear what others are listening to and share what you like.

    For jokes, go to this thread.

    And here to enjoy some beautiful sunsets.

    Go to this thread to post where you work and what your hobbies are and get to know other members here.

    We are happy to have you along and looking forward to your participation.

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    • Porkies
      Club Member
      • Nov 2016
      • 159
      • Masterbuilt 20070910 Electric Digital Smoker
        Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 22"

        ThermoWorks Smoke thermometer

      #3
      Welcome to the pit!

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      • LA Pork Butt
        Charter Member
        • Dec 2014
        • 5084
        • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

        #4
        Welcome to the Pit from Dallas! Sorry, but I can’t help with the jerky rack.

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        • ofelles
          Club Member
          • Jun 2018
          • 1690
          • Brentwood CA
          • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
            Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
            LSG Insulated Cabinet
            Jumbo Joe
            VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
            FireBoard and Pit Bull fan
            Thermoworks Signal
            Thermoworks Dot
            Thermopen Mk4

          #5
          Welcome to the Pit from the Delta. People with experience regarding your question will chime in soon I'm sure

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          • holehogg
            Club Member
            • Nov 2017
            • 2016
            • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

            #6
            Greetings from South Africa

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            • FlipperPhilsy
              Club Member
              • Feb 2020
              • 28

              #7
              Welcome to the pit

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              • MBMorgan
                Club Member
                • Sep 2015
                • 6036
                • Colorado
                • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                  > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                  > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                  > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                  > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                  to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                  > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                  > Thermoworks Smoke
                  > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                  > Thermoworks Thermapen
                  > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                  > Anova sous vide circulator
                  > Searzall torch
                  > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

                  > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
                  > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
                  > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

                #8
                Welcome from Colorado ... good luck with the jerky.

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                • tbob4
                  Charter Member
                  • Nov 2014
                  • 2255
                  • Chico, CA
                  • BBQ's
                    _____________________
                    California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
                    California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
                    Santa Maria Grill
                    Vision Grill

                    Beer
                    _______________________
                    Sierra Nevada IPA

                    Wood
                    _______________________
                    Almond
                    Oak
                    Madrone
                    Cherry
                    Peach
                    Apple

                  #9
                  Welcome from Chico, Ca

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                  • Texas Larry
                    Club Member
                    • May 2017
                    • 1199
                    • Wilson County, TX
                    • PrimoXL
                      Maverick 732
                      Thermoworks 2K Themocouple
                      Thermapen
                      Weber Go-Anywhere (for the beach!)
                      Dreaming of a really good stick-burner...
                      Favorite beer: Alaskan Amber

                    #10
                    Welcome from Wilson County, Texas!

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                    • Donw
                      Club Member
                      • Jul 2017
                      • 2723

                      #11
                      Welcome from Maryland

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                      • surfdog
                        Club Member
                        • Mar 2016
                        • 915
                        • Sunny SoCal
                        • Cooking gadgets
                          Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
                          Weber Summit Platinum D6
                          Blue Rhino Razor
                          Dyna-Glo XL Premium Dual Chamber
                          Camp Chef Somerset IV along with their Artisan Pizza Oven 90
                          Anova WiFi

                          Thermometers
                          Thermapen Mk4 - ThermaQ High Temp Kit - ThermaQ Meathead Kit - ThermaQ WiFi - ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S - ThermoWorks Signals & Billows - ThermoPop -ThermoWorks ProNeedle - ThermoWorks TimeStick Trio x2 - and a Christopher Kimball timer - NO, I do not work for ThermoWorks...I just like their products.

                          Other useful bits...
                          KitchenAid 7-qt Pro Line stand mixer
                          A Black & Decker food processor that I can't seem to murder
                          A couple of immersion blenders, one a "consumer" model & the other a "high end" Italian thing. Yes, the Italian one is a bit better, but only marginally
                          Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus 8-qt + accessories like egg-bite & egg holders
                          All-Clad pots & pans, along with some cast iron...everything from 7" Skookie pans to 8.5qt Dutch ovens
                          Weber GBS griddle, pizza stone, and wok
                          Knives range from Mercer to F. Dick to "You spent how much for one knife? One knife?!" LOL

                        #12
                        Welcome from SoCal.

                        As for the jerky? I’m not help. LOL Perhaps frog mats might be worth a look.
                        BUT regardless...I would ask this in one of the “Food” or “Cooker” channels because you’re much more likely to get help with that. Not everyone checks the “Introduce Yourself” channel, but almost everyone hits up the various Food & Equipment channels.

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                        • klflowers
                          Club Member
                          • Sep 2015
                          • 2937
                          • Tennessee

                          #13
                          Welcome from TN. +1 on what surfdog said about the racks. Please make sure to post pics of the SmokeFire when you get it - maybe I can tell my wife "See, that guy got one and he looks happy. Don't you want me to be happy???" Probably won't work, but what the heck.

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                          • RonB
                            Club Member
                            • Apr 2016
                            • 12141
                            • Near Richmond VA
                            • Weber Performer Deluxe
                              SNS
                              Pizza insert
                              Rotisserie
                              Smokenator 1000
                              Cookshack Smokette Elite
                              2 Thermapens
                              Chefalarm
                              Dot
                              lots of probes.
                              CyberQ

                            #14
                            Welcome to The Pit Doug. Sorry, but I can't help.

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                            • Spinaker
                              Moderator
                              • Nov 2014
                              • 10411
                              • Land of Tonka
                              • John "J R"
                                Instagram: JRBowlsby
                                Smokin' Hound Que
                                Minnesota/ United States of America

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                                Weber Spirit Gasser
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                                Rockwood Lump Charcoal
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