There is nothing wrong with slicing beef and putting the slices straight into your dehydrator appliance to be dried without a marinade, but to eat them as a snack is often unsatisfying. Our beef jerky recipe is a simple one, using ingredients found in most people’s kitchens, and while we suggest you let the meat marinade overnight, this is not absolutely necessary and you can leave it for just 5 minutes. As a result, this jerky recipe is incredibly quick and easy to make, with very enjoyable, authentic tasting results.
How to Make Our Beef Jerky Recipe
– 1 large meat knife (un-serrated)
– 1 chopping board
– 1 mixing bowl
– 1 food dehydrator:
– 1 lb beef joint
– 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
– 1 tsp cracked black pepper
– 1 tsp garlic powder
– 1 tsp onion powder
– 1 tsp brown sugar
1. Using the knife and chopping board, cut your beef into slices around 1/4 inch thick, 6 inches long and 1 inch wide.
2. Mix all of your other ingredients in the mixing bowl, and then place the beef strips into the mixture so they soak it up. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
3. The next morning, fry your beef slices (without oil or butter) in a non-stick pan until they are piping hot throughout. This kills off any potential bacteria that could grow in the low temperature of the dehydrator.
4. Place each slice of marinated beef onto your dehydrator trays (not overlapping) and switch it on, on a low heat (between 130 and 150 degrees) for up to 3 days. Turn it off when the beef is dry and feels leathery.
5. Remove the strips from the dehydrator and leave to cool to room temperature before storing in airtight containers or zip lock bags.
As far as recipes for beef jerky go, this is one of our favorites and we love it for its simplicity. Chances are you already own all these ingredients, and they’re readily available in grocery stores. What’s more, you can always personalize the recipe to make it your own and suit your own tastes. Add chili powder or flakes for a spicy marinade, or 1 tsp molasses for a sweeter taste.
Beef jerky makes a great appetizer, served plainly in a bowl before a main course, or as a snack. You could even wrap some up and put it in your child’s lunch box for a protein-packed savory snack at school. However you serve it, we hope that you enjoy our beef jerky recipe.