Thursday, May 26, 2011

Homemade beef jerky: a tasty snack!

We made ourselves some delicious beef jerky this week. It looks a little something like this when it's finished.


5 lbs very lean beef (trimmed of fat and cut into strips)
3 tbsp + 1 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp + 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/4 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme

  1. Mix all dry ingredients.
  2. Spread beef strips on cookie sheets.
  3. Season the beef strips with 1/2 of the seasonings.
  4. Flip the beef and season with remaining seasonings.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight
  6. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
  7. Cook the meat until it is completely dried, about 6 hours (longer if your strips are bigger) turning every 90 minutes or so.
The beef cooks down, and you end up with about 2.25 lbs of jerky. It has about 50 calories per ounce. Some (aka Jess) may say that it is a little spicy so if you don't like the spice, you might want to stay away from this recipe (or Jess suggests using less).

If you plan on storing it (as I can't imagine anyone eating over 2 lbs of jerky in one day), it goes in the refrigerator in an air tight container and will last up to a month.

-Chef Jason

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