Mar 262013
 

Lee and I have bought Jerky from roadside stands and aquired a taste for freshly made and spicy dried meats.  Since there aren’t many brave people sitting at roadside stands in the middle of winter, I decided to make my own jerky.  I hope you like my favorite recipe:

beef jerky enhanced copy1Purchase 4 to 5 pounds of beef.  Use a lean, good quality meat (sirloin, round steak, etc.).

Ask the butcher to slice it very thin and with the grain.  Trim off any fat and cut into narrow strips.  Don’t overcrowd the meat in the marinade or beef will lose consistency of flavor.

Marinade:
2 ½ Tsp. Liquid Smoke                                      ¾ Cup Soy Sauce
¼ Cup Worchestershire Sauce                        ¼ Cup Brown Sugar (packed)
1 Tbsp. Crushed Garlic                                      1 Tbsp. Pepper
1 Tsp. Onion Powder                                         1 Tsp. each of Emeril Seasoning Salt & Sea Salt
1/3 Cup A-1 Sauce                                             ¼ Cup red cooking wine (marsalla)
½ Tsp. Tabasco or ¼ Tsp. Sudden Death Sauce (I used with ginseng flavor).
Add ¼ Cup of water or more to make sure “all” the meat is covered in marinade.  Adjust the amount of seasonings according to your taste.

Marinate meat overnight in non-metal bowl(s).  Drain & discard the marinade.  Place meat strips on cookie sheets or flat pans lined with tinfoil.  Bake in the oven on the lowest setting with the door ajar until meat is dry, approximately four hours.  Turning the strips over will help dry the meat evenly and quicker.

Note:  the spices can be varied or omitted according to taste.  The end result should have 3 parts soy sauce, 1 part worchestershire sauce, 1 part brown sugar and the rest as desired.  It should be a very strong, salty, spicy and slightly sweet solution.

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  24 Responses to “Beef Jerky Recipe”

  1. Sounds like a great recipe, thanks for sharing….oh and I m a new follower!
    🙂

    • Thanks so much for your comment. It’s an easy recipe that I make quite often and especially for guests since they get a kick out of it.

  2. Thanks and welcome. Hope you like the recipe.

  3. Neva, I absolutely love beef jerky and I have GOT to make some one of these days! 🙂 Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    • It’s so easy to make and can be spiced as hot as you like, so this is made quite often. I’ve never made turkey jerky, but I love saying it.

    • Mike, I think you’ll enjoy this recipe. It’s so easy to make and can be spiced up as hot as you like, thanks for commenting.

  4. Interesting how I never thought of how beef jerky was made. I was just satisfied to buy it already made. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ll definitely have to try to make it now.
    Thanks for linking up this week, Neva!

    • Thanks for your kind comment. I like making it since it’s so easy to just marinate and bake. It’s one of those unusual appetizers that are simple and healthy for anyone that want a lean protein snack as spicy as want it.

  5. I love beef Jerky! It definitely is the ultimate post workout snack. I can’t way to try out your recipe! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • I’m glad to share this easy and healthy snack with you. It’s lean meat and no carbs which is the latest way to snack after working out.

  6. My husband loves beef jerky, I never thought of making it myself. Thanks for sharing!

    • Maybe you can talk him into making it himself since it doesn’t take any special skills to make. Tell him it’s a manly recipe, like grilling steaks.

  7. I will have to try this! Jerky is one of my favorite treats but of course I never had the patience to make it at home!

    • Fortunately the recipe doesn’t have to be watched or stirred, just timed in the oven. It’s actually an easy recipe that is less expensive than the store variety.

  8. This looks delicious. I like jerky as well and never really thought of making it myself. Thanks for the recipe, now I know how to make some for my family. =)

    • We like jerky and were surprised how easy it is to make. We make about 4 pounds at a time and love it for a healthy snack.

  9. Yumm! This looks like an easy to make and delicious recipe! Now, I’ll have to try this! I didn’t know how beef jerky was made! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • I didn’t know how it was made either and then started experimenting. There are great ideas on-line and I’ve been tweaking them ever since.

  10. Hi

    What a great recipe, I certainly will try minus the tabasco 🙂

    It is great as I am trying to have protein as I feel fuller and better than eating loads of carbs. Great blog.

    • This is the new diet plan of eating more protein and less carbs. This is why my son-in-law is using my recipe with his own spice ideas.

  11. I love beef Jerky! We have a dehydrator and love making it. It’s just expensive. Plus, the investment spent on the beef literally shrivels and it’s hard to not eat a lot at once. LOL It’s an expensive guilty pleasure. Have you tried salmon jerky?

    • I should buy a dehydrator, but the oven has really worked well to this. I’m interested in trying salmon jerky, that would be very healthy too.

  12. I have never tried making beef jerky before. I think I might give it try!

    • With all the emphasis on eating more meat and less carbs, this is a healthy choice. The lean beef is so easy to make too.

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