Beef jerky – sweet, hot and salty – is one of my family’s favorite snacks. I make it once or twice a year – using up the round steaks and other cuts of meat that lurk in our freezer before we get a new delivery from our local ranchers. It’s easy to make, perfect for long road trips, and it stores for up to 3 months.
The benefit of making beef jerky at home is two-fold: 1) you avoid food additives found in many commercial varieties, and 2) you can adjust the seasoning to your family’s preferences. My family likes its jerky flavored boldly: potently hot, sweet and salty all at once. While I’ve included my favorite recipe below, I’m challenging you to make your own this week!
The Challenge: Make Beef Jerky
We haven’t had a good challenge at Nourished Kitchen in a while, so this week, I’ve paired up with Pleasant Hill Grain for the Make Real Food Challenge – so this week, take the time to make your own beef jerky. Simply post your favorite Beef Jerky recipe and boost your chances of winning by spreading the word about the challenge, or liking Nourished Kitchen and Pleasant Hill Grain on Facebook.
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Sweet Chipotle-spiced Beef Jerky
By October 12, 2012Published:
- Yield: 16 Servings
- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 24 hrs 0 min
- Ready In: 32 hrs 5 mins
Sweet, salty and hot - this beef jerky is simple to prepare. Store it for up to 3 months in an airtight container at room temperature.
- 1/2 cup naturally fermented soy sauce
- 1/4 cup whole, unrefined cane sugar
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garilc powder
- 2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder
- 3 pounds round steak (trimmed of all fat and sinew, sliced in strips no thicker than 1/4 inch)
- Place trimmed steak in a resealable plastic bag.
- Whisk soy sauce, cane sugar, onion powder, garlic powder and chipotle chile together in a large mixing bowl, and pour into the resealable plastic bag over the steak. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 and up to 8 hours.
- Drain the marinade from the meat, and place the strips of seasoned beef onto the trays of your food dehydrator. Dehydrate at about 140 F about 24 to 36 hours depending on the ambient humidity of your kitchen.
- Once dry, the beef jerky can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 months.