I have a food dehydrator—which I have only ever used for jerky, and then, not all that often. I'd like to change that, though. There's a great website, BackpackingChef.com, with tons of tasty-looking recipes that tell you step-by-step how to make such meals as unstuffed peppers or enchilada bean bark stew. I may have to try some of those as I get closer to a weeklong backpack in the Sierra this September.
But right now, what interests me is jerky. Of which there are of course myriad types. But basic beef jerky? Here's a recipe that I might even try this week. Just to have the pleasure of a jerky snack once in a while. Without the little desiccator packet that always makes me wonder how wholesome the store-bought variety is.
Basic Beef Jerky
- 2 lb. beef round or flank steak
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tb liquid smoke
- 2 Tb Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tb brown sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp meat tenderizer
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- Place the beef in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. This makes it easier to cut.
- Slice the beef into thin (1/8 to 1/4-inch strips). Try for even thickness.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients.
- Place beef and marinade in a large Ziploc bag. Shake to coat the meat. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
- Arrange meat strips on dehydrator trays. Cook at highest setting for 4 hours or according to your dehydrator's directions.