I use ground meat and a cabelas "jerky gun".
Favorite I've tried so far is to use Hi mountain "bourbon bbq" cure and seasoning, and then after I make the strips I coat them with Cajun Heritage "Cajun Blast" season rub before curing them in the oven.
I got both items at Gander Mountain but I'm sure you could find them other places.
Fix it right the first time...
Use Baling Wire !