Beef Jerky

Total Time:
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20 min
8 hr
12 hr

10 to 12 ounces jerky

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds flank steak
  • 2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Special Equipment: 1 box fan, 4 paper air-conditioning filters, and 2 bungee cords

  • Trim the flank steak of any excess fat, place in a zip-top bag, and place it in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours in order to firm up.

  • Remove the steak from the freezer and thinly slice the meat with the grain, into long strips.

  • Place the strips of meat along with all of the remaining ingredients into a large, 1-gallon plastic zip-top bag and move around to evenly distribute all of the ingredients. Place the bag into the refrigerator for 3 to 6 hours.

  • Remove the meat from the brine and pat dry. 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. If using a commercial dehydrator, follow the manufacturer's directions.

  • Once dry, store in a cool dry place, in an airtight container for 2 to 3 months.

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I use this recipe but add bourbon chicken marinade at 2/3 cup. after drying using Alton's method I put the whole batch in my smoker for 15 minutes with hickory wood temp > 200 degrees.  Brought some to a golf outing and the response has been 'dude, this is money"  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Using this recipe was only my second attempt at making jerky after an initial less than ideal first try using a different recipe. Was very pleased with the outcome, very flavorful. Did use a regular food dehydrator. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great !!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My Wife bought me a Nesco Square dehydrator for Christmas. So this was our first time making Beef Jerky. We used this recipe and let the dehydrator run 12 hours at 160. The Jerky came out like we like it dry and crispy. Just like the one we use to order via Internet and paid $26.50 per pound. If you want it plyable cut the hours on the dehydrator. Thank you Foodnetwork and all of you for the recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best Jerky I've ever made. Absolutely delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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