Whether you like it sweet, smokey or spicy, this easy technique will have you loving your homemade jerky, and leave your friends begging for more.
Step 1: Ingredients
- 1 1/2 pounds (680 g) flank steak (or any meat! try turkey or bison!)*
- 1/2 cup (120 mL) Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup (120 mL) soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon (15 mL) honey
- 2 teaspoons (10 g) pepper
- 2 teaspoons (10 g) preferred seasoning - I used a mesquite blend, but another simple option is garlic or onion powder
- 1 -2 teaspoons (10 - 20 mL) liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon (5 g) red pepper flakes (opt)
*user jaythedogg recommends cooking any poultry or pork before dehydrating!
Step 2: Slice
Slice your meat into very thin strips. Flank steak is great for this because it's got a very obvious grain to it. The only thing I didn't like about it was how thin the cut was, making my strips come out very narrow.
Step 3: Season
Add strips of meat and refrigerate for anywhere between 2 hours to overnight.
Step 4: Dry
Here are directions for oven-drying, plus some other great methods I've learned about on the glorious world wide web.
- Preheat oven to 200oF (95oC)
- Lay strips across roasting rack -I scrubbed down one of the oven's racks and laid them directly on that
- Place parchment paper or foil under rack to catch drippings
- Roast for 2-4 hours depending on preference - 2 hours was plenty for me, but I left some in for 4. Still delicious, but drier and crunchier than I like
You know how I love to get things done fast, so I couldn't resist including the microwave version!
- Place strips in a microwave roasting rack
- Set microwave on high for 4 minutes
- After 4, add time in 30 second increments until desired consistency
So many of you have invoked Alton's name when commenting on my recipes of the past, that I simply had to see WWAD*. And you will NOT be disappointed!
It involves: 1 box fan, 4 paper air-conditioning filters, and 2 bungee cords.
(I know, right??)
- Evenly distribute the strips of meat onto 3 of the air filters, laying them in the grooves and then stacking the filters on top of one another
- Top these with 1 empty filter
- Next, lay the box fan on its side and lay the filters on top of it
- Strap the filters to the fan with 2 bungee cords
- Stand the fan upright, plug in and set to medium
- Allow the meat dry for 8 to 12 hours
*What Would Alton Do
Step 5: Devour
Please include all of your own secret recipes and fun stories you have while trying this out. It's such a fun and rewarding project, that I encourage you all to try it! (Let me know how it goes with tofu, yeah?)
P.S. This is one that I don't recommend sharing. Why? Because all of your friends will continue to beg you for more. They may even show up at your house with a pound of some exotic meat for you try your hand at. Be warned!
This jerky can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 months. How it would ever last that long without getting nommed, I have no idea.