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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BEEF JERKY





Beef jerky is a super popular snack nowadays. If you like meat, we can’t think of a better protein-on-the-go. It’s definitely more wholesome and satisfying than other nosh and more filling than a protein bar (though it may be high in sodium). Beef jerky, though, is pretty expensive to buy. Luckily, you can make it at home (it’s not hard!) and get much better value.

To learn about the right cuts on meat to use, we spoke to Evergreen Butcher Dovid Asovski. Though some of his clients prefer using other cuts, such a brisket, to prepare beef jerky, we went with the recommended top of the rib.

Enjoy beef jerky whether you’re on the go, or you want to prepare a nice charcuterie-style board to serve along with the deli on Shabbat or a Yom Tov afternoon. Thank you Chantzy Weinstein for teaching us the technique!

How to Get Beef Jerky Meat

Ask your local butcher to thinly slice top of the rib (very thin!!). Some butchers, such as the meat dept at Evergreen, have “beef jerky” labeled in the showcase.

How to Store Beef Jerky

Unlike store-bought beef jerky, the version you will make at home does not have preservatives. It’ll be shelf-stable in a container or bag for about three days, or, if you want to make a lot in advance, keep it frozen.

Smokey, Sweet, and Spicy Beef Jerky

This is very spicy if you use the full amount of cayenne pepper and hot sauce. You can easily cut the quantity of those two ingredients in half.

2 pounds beef jerky meat (thinly sliced top of the rib)

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup honey

1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, to taste

2 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons black pepper

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

1-2 tablespoons hot sauce

  1. Place a Ziploc bag over a 2-pound container. Add all ingredients, then add meat and smush it around well.
  2. At this point, you can freeze it or simply marinate overnight in the refrigerator, at least 8 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 175ºF.
  4. Line a baking sheet very well with foil. Spray the pan very well. Lay the pieces of meat flat on the baking sheets (each pan will fit one pound). The pieces of meat can touch but they should not overlap.
  5. Bake for 1 ½ hours, then flip and bake for another 1 ½ - 2 hours (depending on the thickness of your meat), until meat is dry.

Satisfying & Simple Beef Jerky

2 pounds beef jerky meat

6 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons paprika

1 small onion, finely grated

  1. Place a Ziploc bag over a 2-pound container. Add sugar, spices, and onion, then add meat. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time or up to 4 tablespoons, until the ingredients form a paste and you’re able to smush it around the beef jerky.
  2. At this point, you can freeze it or simply marinate overnight in the refrigerator, at least 8 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 175ºF.
  4. Line a baking sheet very well with foil. Spray the pan very well. Lay the pieces of meat flat on the baking sheets (each pan will fit one pound). The pieces of meat can touch but they should not overlap.
  5. Bake for 1 ½ hours, then flip and bake for another 1 ½ - 2 hours (depending on the thickness of your meat), until meat is dry.

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