I began making jerky in 1997. I usually make about 20-30 batches per year. I have tried a myriad of recipes and finally came up with my own that I have used almost exclusively for the past 5 or 6 years. I primarily make beef and venison jerky, but have tried a number of other critters with good success (squirrel jerky was one of the toughest jerky's ever!) Hope you like it. I use a CONVECTION STYLE dehydrator (warming coils on bottom, warm air rises...bottom trays dry out first. Must rotate trays at about 12 +/- hours. FORCED AIR style dehydrators are much easier to use, faster, and...I'll buy one when my old convection-style RONCO dehydrator finally breaks. Finally, I know a lot of recipes state to make jerky in your oven. Due to the strong aroma, I make mine in my garage. The aroma is very good, but the seasonings are very strong. I'd compare it to baking 6 or 7 roasts at a time.