Beef jerky is hands down a favorite snack in my house, for both my kids and I. I began making beef jerky at home as I was spending a fortune! Cooking beef jerky at home makes this high quality, delicious, healthy snack affordable.
You can pick up a food dehydrator for a very reasonable price on Amazon and many other retailers. I have a Ronco dehydrator and am happy with how it works. The reason why I got this particular dehydrator is that you can put the trays on the top rack of the dishwasher. Being dishwasher safe is key for me. If you didn’t know, every piece of Off Your Rocker Pottery is dishwasher safe, from mugs to vases and everything in-between.
The meat used can be any cut of beef, I typically use beef top round for price reasons - we go through a lot of beef jerky. One tip I will give you is to run your dehydrator in your garage if possible. I love beef jerky, but don’t necessarily want my whole house to smell like it.
1 – 1 ½ lbs beef (any cut, I use top round)
½ cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
¼ cup Coconut Aminos (available on Amazon or your local grocer)
1 tsp Garlic Powder
½ tsp Black Pepper
In a Large Off Your Rocker Pottery Bowl combine soy sauce, coconut aminos, garlic powder, and black pepper.
Trim all of the fat from your beef, and then slice very thin. I recommend sharpening your knife before hand and slice your beef as thin as you can get it. Aim for 1/8 inch thickness in your slices.
Add the sliced beef to your marinade bowl and toss to coat fully. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight. (If possible turn the meat a few hours after beginning the marinade to ensure even absorption from the meat. Most of the liquid should be absorbed by the meat when it is done marinating.)
Place the meat on your dehydrator trays in a single layer. Set your dehydrator to 160 / meat settings and dry the meat for 5-10 hours. The large time range is due to how thick your meat is sliced and your dehydrator. Mine goes for about 5-6 hours. Make sure to check throughout and rotate the trays and remove pieces as they become done.
The jerky will be done when it is stiffened and dry, make sure not to over do it as it tends to get stiffer as it cools and sits.
Wrap finished jerky in a paper towel and place in a gallon freezer Ziploc and let sit for a day or two (if you can wait that long). Enjoy your jerky and remember you can take it with you anywhere.
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