Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Jerky...That didn't last long

One of the things that I wanted to do over my February break was to make beef jerky. Two Christmases ago now I got a dehydrator. I was so excited about this because I always wanted to make my how jerky. For the most part I had only used it for making dried apples.

Look at that close, thin cut!
So this year I finally got some beef and decided to give it a try. As I researched how to make teriyaki jerky I read a post from Alton Brown that mentions that you should freeze the steak for a couple of hours so it is easier to slice thin. Let me tell you that this was spot on the best advice that I could have gotten. I had really great, thin sliced jerky.

As for the teriyaki side of the jerky I had to search a bunch of different recipes since many of them that I have tried have been too salty or not enough teriyaki flavor. After searching Pinterest for some new recipe I settled on a mixture of garlic cloves, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, dry mustard, black pepper, pineapple juice. This seemed to be how many of the mixtures went so I went with a higher amount of pineapple juice, ginger and garlic. The other thing that seem to be a little contentious was whether to boil the sauce or let it be.

Teriyaki Sauce

3 Cloves of Garlic, roughly chopped
2 inches of Ginger, finely grated
1/4 cup of Light Brown Sugar
1/4 cup of Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1/2 tablespoon Dry Mustard
1/4 teaspoon Crushed Black Pepper
2 cans of Pineapple Juice

Mix together then boil on medium high for 30 minutes then cool.

Beef Jerky

  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 1/2 pounds of Beef 
First thing to do is trim the fat off of the beef then toss it in the freezer, flat for a couple of hours (2-3) then take it out and slice it really thin. (By freezing the steak it is easier to slice it). Next toss it into a ziplock bag and marinate for 24 hours. (You could do it for 12 hours but lets not kid our self's that ain't enough time to let it soak in) Next take your dehydrator and place the pieces on the trays, load it up and plug it in. 6 to 8 hours later take it out of the dehydrator and enjoy.

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