I have been making jerky now for the last 4 years. I go to BJ's or Costco's and buy a 5 pound top round roast and use a meat slicer to cut it 1/4" thick. Then I use the Hi Mountain jerky seasoning from Bass Pro Shops (Cabela's sells it too). You don't even need a dehydrator, it can be made right in the oven(door cracked open). The jerky is the best jerky I have ever had. Since then, I never buy store jerky that you get in the convenience marts. There is no going back once you start.