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  • BruceB62 commented on LasVegas's instructable Old West Beef Jerky5 months ago
    Old West Beef Jerky

    Most people prefer jerky that is tender and at least a little sweet, perhaps because that's what most of the major brands provide so it's what people expect. My preference is dryer, tougher jerky with simple ingredients and no sugar, as it was originally. My usual marinade is water, salt, garlic powder and lots of pepper (black and red), with much of that pepper sprinkled on the beef strips when laid on the drying rack. I can't give measurements because I don't measure. I just adjust it until I like the taste. Depending on your preferences, you could add more ingredients or go with the minimalist salty water (although you should add at least a few drops of Tabasco or a pinch of cayenne because, even in very small amounts, red pepper is a flavor enhancer). I also cut the meat thin, b...see more »Most people prefer jerky that is tender and at least a little sweet, perhaps because that's what most of the major brands provide so it's what people expect. My preference is dryer, tougher jerky with simple ingredients and no sugar, as it was originally. My usual marinade is water, salt, garlic powder and lots of pepper (black and red), with much of that pepper sprinkled on the beef strips when laid on the drying rack. I can't give measurements because I don't measure. I just adjust it until I like the taste. Depending on your preferences, you could add more ingredients or go with the minimalist salty water (although you should add at least a few drops of Tabasco or a pinch of cayenne because, even in very small amounts, red pepper is a flavor enhancer). I also cut the meat thin, but along the grain rather than across it because it allows me to bite a piece off but still be able to chew it for longer period (which is very satisfying). Everyone who tries it seems to love it. I think that's because the jerky still tastes like beef, unlike most commercial jerky.

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