Organic Black Cherry and Jalapeño Beef Jerky

About: Hello! My name is Jennifer and I love to cook. Baking, grilling, smoking, and frying interest me. Creating my own recipe is even better!

Intro: Organic Black Cherry and Jalapeño Beef Jerky

My husband loves beef jerky. Every time we go on a road trip, he buys a bag for the ride. It is his absolute favorite snack for traveling.
However, store bought beef jerky can have a variety of unwanted ingredients that can be questionable. I decided to make a recipe for beef jerky that would give us a little more control over the contents.
I used all organic ingredients and grassfed beef that was produced without antibiotics, hormones or GMOs. I also used organic locally sourced honey to slightly sweeten the jerky. The final outcome was a delicious homemade jerky flavored with black cherries and jalapeño that was completely organic.

Ingredients* needed:
2 pounds organic grassfed beef skirt steak
1/2 cup organic Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup organic soy sauce
1 tablespoon organic honey
2 teaspoons organic onion powder
2 tablespoons roasted minced organic garlic
1/2 cup chopped organic cherries with pits and stems removed
1/4 cup chopped organic jalapeño with seeds and ribs removed

*Organic ingredients can be found at specialty stores such as Sprouts or on Amazon.

Step 1: Cutting the Beef

Using a sharp knife and a cutting board, slice beef against the grain. If you slice it very thin, you will shorten the dehydrating time. I left mine a little thicker because my husband prefers thicker jerky.
Note: to make thin slicing easier, place meat in the freezer for 20 minutes before slicing.

Step 2: Preparing to Marinate

Place beef strips into a gallon sized plastic bag (ziplock).

Step 3: Creating the Marinade

In a medium sized bowl, add:
1/2 cup organic Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup organic soy sauce
1 tablespoon organic honey
2 teaspoons organic onion powder
2 tablespoons roasted minced organic garlic
Whisk until combined.

Step 4: Creating the Marinade

Add 1/4 cup chopped organic jalapeño with seeds and ribs removed. Whisk.
Note: if you want spicer jerky, leave the seeds in and just remove the pepper ribs.

Step 5: Creating the Marinade

Add 1/2 cup chopped organic cherries with pits and stems removed to the marinade. Whisk.

Step 6: Marinate

Pour marinade into plastic bag with beef. Squeeze out air and seal. Turn bag over in your hands to coat beef with marinade. Refrigerate overnight.

Step 7: Preparing for Dehydration

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a metal rack on top of the lined sheet. Lay out marinated beef on the rack making sure that the pieces aren’t touching each other. The beef will be dark in color after marinating.

Step 8: Dehydrate

Preheat oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the lowest setting on my oven. Place baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven. Dehydrate for 6 to 8 hours or until beef has dried out.

Step 9: Enjoy!

Remove beef jerky from the oven and allow to cool. After cooling, it can be eaten immediately.
After I made my beef jerky, I gave some to my resident taste tester, my husband. He loved it! He was impressed with the flavor pairing of black cherries and jalapeño and wanted to make sure I had made plenty of jerky. Of course, I thought 2 pounds was plenty but we will see how long it lasts at my house. Ha ha!
Thanks for reading.
-Jennifer
“Butter My Biscuits”

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    ButterMyBiscuitsoffseid

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    I’m so glad that you liked my recipe! Thank you very much for your kind words.

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    Fotmasta

    Question 2 months ago

    What's the shelf-life like? Let's say I make an enormous batch and want it to last.

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    ButterMyBiscuitsFotmasta

    Answer 2 months ago

    That’s a wonderful question. First, make sure your jerky has been baked until it will bend but not snap in half. Prepared in this fashion, you can keep it in the refrigerator for two weeks in a ziplock bag.
    If you’d like to keep it on the counter, add some curing salts like Prague Powder #1 or instacure #1 to the marinade (about 1 level teaspoon). Then proceed with dehydration. This effort should give you about two weeks on the countertop. (https://www.amazon.com/s?field-keywords=Instacure+%231)
    You may also consider vacuum sealing the jerky.
    Thanks for looking!

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    Lorddrake

    2 months ago

    this sounds like fantastic jerky I can't wait to try it. Have you tried to marinade the meat in this recipe and then grill it? I bet it would be fantastic grilled too.

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    ButterMyBiscuitsLorddrake

    Reply 2 months ago

    That sounds like a great idea! I haven’t tried using the marinade and grilling but I bet it would be delicious! Thank you!

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    attosa

    2 months ago

    I love that there's not need for a dehydrator here. I just spent $15 on a little box of my favourite jerky. I feel like a jerky. Thanks for sharing this. I'd love to try it (soon) :)

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    ButterMyBiscuitsattosa

    Reply 2 months ago

    You are so funny. I’m sorry about your purchase, though. I hope your jerky is extra good. ;) Thank you very much for taking a look at my entry.