just did my first and second batch of jerky in my FEC 500. i used top round, wet marinated for 48 hours, i used high mt. jerky seasoning. first batch i used peppered and the 2nd. i used jalapeno'. i laid them on the racks and smoked them for 4 hours @184. i turned them over at 2 hours. a total of 10 lbs. with a finished weight of just over 4 lbs. i cut the top round 3/8" and it came out done, tender, and chewy....just like i like it! chech it out!