A story about beef jerky - Real tradition cowboy type beef jerky was the meat pulled from the side of a cow and meat scraps leftover from butchering (hence the toughness), thick meaty cuts were cured in a salty brine with whatever herbs or spices they had on hand, often it was twisted and tied into knots and then hung on tree limbs and such in direct sunlight until dried or in a smokehouse if they were so lucky. It was a good source of protein on cattle drives, other than beans and hard bread, maybe an occational rabbit or squirrel it was often what they nibbled on most of the day. I use brisket for it's toughness (cowboy style) but use whatever cut you wish. We don't sun dry anymore because of flys and bugs and such. My beef jerky recipe is also excellent for deer meat, buffalo and such, just make sure it is very lean with little or no fat. Deer made this way is my favorite.