Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Beef Jerky

We have just had a crazy couple of weeks here in my world... I will go into some more of it later, but I wanted to share this with y'all in the interim.   I pulled a cooking magazine out of the stack a couple of nights ago and found an article about Beef Jerky...  Now I know that most of you have tried it before, the dried up icky stuff that you get next to the cheese curds at any number of gas stations.  I assure you that this is a little different, the flavors are more subtle and the meat can actually be chewed without too much effort.  Add to that, it was kind of fun to make.  The meat was just a Chuck Roast that I found on sale, the marinade was pantry ingredients that most of us have...

About a pound of Beef Chuck Cut into strips about 1/4 of an inch thick...  You can go pretty loosy goosy with the cuts.  I went with the grain, across the grain and every which way to get several strips of beef to marinade.
Ok I am not sure that this looks cool or like a clip from the X-Files
The Marinade:
3 TBS Soy Sauce
3 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
3 TBS Tomato Sauce
2 Cloves Garlic
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

On the rack and ready to go.
 Soak strips of beef in marinated for about 6-8 hours.  When ready to dry heat oven to 200 degrees, lay the beef strips on rack and cook for about 2 hours.  The stuff that you get in the store will last basically forever in the cupboard not so with this.  Since there are no preservatives it needs to be refrigerated and lasts for about 3 months I hear anyway mine have never lasted more than several days.


  1. Hey! How did you know that I have a similar recipe in my file, begging for attention? Great minds, my friend. Glad to know it's worth the effort!

  2. That is so cool. I have wanted to make jerky but never been to sure on what to do.
    I also get the feeling I'm suppose to chew on it while riding a horse??

    You've inspired me to write on my blog- thanks Bryan

  3. Bryan, every girl needs a friend who knows how to make jerky. I'm sure both myself and Mister will be thanking you when we try this out!