Dehydrator is the thing to have. My first batch of beef jerky turned out real tasty. Took about six hours to reduce to smokey perfection. A little steak, soy, worchester sauce, liquid smoke, garlic, minced onion, fresh ground pepper, tomato paste, salt cure, and a splash of bourbon can do wonders. Took some to work today and it went quick. And these are fellow jerky makers/lovers. Can't wait to try some more variations. Gonna break the food budget with this thing and the smoker pit.