Beef Jerky!

This is a treat we’ve rediscovered in the past couple of months.  It’s a great high protein snack on the go.  I haven’t been keeping track of the price, but I think it’s about £2.00/50 grams.  We made our own this weekend and it’s easy and great.

Beef Jerky

  • 2 lbs lean beef, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s red hot sauce

Steve bought silverside beef from our butcher.  It’s important to get a very lean cut of meat, as any fat will cause it to spoil.  He’s very deft with a knife, so we didn’t bother to freeze it before slicing it into very thin strips.  Steve went across the grain to give the jerky a more chewy texture.  Then he pounded it to tenderise it and we put in a bowl.

It marinates for about 8 hours, so we stirred the marinade in just before we went to bed.  The marinade was all of this mixed together.  I’d ordered the liquid smoke from American Soda.

The next morning, we blotted the excess marinade off and cooked it for about 5 hours in a very low oven (150 to 175°F/65 to 80°C) turning it over halfway through.

The jerky’s finished cooking when it is pretty dry and a dark brownish colour.  It should be about the consistency of rubber.  I forgot to weigh it before we started eating it, but I think we got about  400 grams of jerky.  The cost of the marinade ingredients is negligible, maybe 50 pence and the meat was £8.00.  So I reckon our amazing, delicious beef jerky works out to about £1.00 for 50 grams.

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