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Old 08-07-2010, 04:54 PM   #1
Jordan Buckelew
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Beef Jerky Recipe

Hey all,

I was curious if anyone one here had a good recipe for beef jerky? I don't have a smoker so I'd have to use the oven.

Also, is there any way to just use normal steak instead of flank steak? I bought a huge "feed a Somalian army" package of beef from Costco but it's a little too gristly for my liking, so I figured I'd give that a try if all possible.

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Old 08-08-2010, 05:15 AM   #2
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Re: Beef Jerky Recipe

Here's one I got off the boards a few years ago, with some minor changes:

2-3 pounds of sandwich steak (thin-cut), or London broil, sliced into 1/8” slices, trim excess fat throughout

Marinade (this is enough for 4 pounds of meat):
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp kosher salt
4 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp Mrs. Dash Chipotle Seasoning (*substituted 1 tbs of chili powder)
1/2 tbsp onion powder (*substituted tbsp of garlic powder)
1 tbsp crushed red pepper (omitted)
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp molasses

Directions:

Put meat and marinade in a sealed plastic bag (in a bowl or dish in case it leaks) for 24 hours in refrigerator. Turn over whenever you open fridge to keep marinade moving around.

You will need cookie sheets and wire racks. 1 sheet/2 racks per 2 pounds of meat.

Take meat out and drain in a colander for 5 minutes in sink.

Place strips over wire rack in cookie sheet and place in an oven set to WARM or LOW (200 degrees) with oven door cracked open 2-4”. The heat is just to keep the air moving, it is not to cook the meat, that is why it is important to keep the oven open. (You can also use a dehydrator if you have one.)

Keep the meat in place for 4-6 hours or so until it turns dark and is either firm, but a tad spongy (like kippered beef) to slightly brittle (like gum).

Keep refrigerated, as there are no preservatives.

Nutrition Facts (2P/1F)
Serving Size 57 g (2 oz)
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 102
Calories from Fat: 34
Total Fat: 3.8g
Saturated Fat: 1.4g
Cholesterol: 46mg
Sodium: 728mg
Total Carbohydrates: 1.3g
Sugars: 0.9g
Protein: 15.0g

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Old 08-08-2010, 11:42 AM   #3
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Re: Beef Jerky Recipe

Hey Daniel thanks for the recipe!


So then I assume you can use any kind of steak as long as you cut it into thin strips?
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Hey Daniel thanks for the recipe!


So then I assume you can use any kind of steak as long as you cut it into thin strips?
Yes, though it should be pretty lean, as it won't go rancid as quickly. If you are using a full cut of meat, such as London broil, or the cut you described in the OP, you may want to put it in the freezer for an hour or three. It will partially freeze, and thus be much easier to slice to a consistent thickness.

I always make a big batch to bring on car road trips (we keep it in a cooler). My daughters love it, and it's much healthier than the vast majority of stuff you get in the store.
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Yes, though it should be pretty lean, as it won't go rancid as quickly. If you are using a full cut of meat, such as London broil, or the cut you described in the OP, you may want to put it in the freezer for an hour or three. It will partially freeze, and thus be much easier to slice to a consistent thickness.

I always make a big batch to bring on car road trips (we keep it in a cooler). My daughters love it, and it's much healthier than the vast majority of stuff you get in the store.
Thanks! That's the plan... just want to use the stuff I've got.

I appreciate the help!!
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