Beef Jerky seems to be a food that can unite or divide men! In a gathering of guys, when beer is involved the conversation will always go through the usual topics of conversation such as football, beer, chilli sauce recipes and, inevitably, secret recipes.
Making beef jerky is a topic I have heard discussed many times. It’s surprising how many of my husband’s friends have a favourite way to prepare their meat. It’s never just a matter of placing the meat in a food dehydrator, there are marinades or spices to add… and then there’s always the question of texture. Do you make chewy, soft or crunchy jerky?
It’s funny, but it actually wasn’t even me that made the purchasing decision to buy the dehydrator.
It was all my husband, and it was a decision made purely in the name of jerky.
We know that guys being guys will always think their method is best, so there is bound to be a bit of healthy competition about when guys discuss their technique.
The Great Beef Jerky Competition or “Beef Jerk Off”
The other day after a similar discussion, and a few beers Mr GG decided he and his mates needed to hold a “beef jerk off.”
It was about this time I thought it would be wise to excuse myself and leave this one to the boys after all beef jerky is secret man’s business.
As a result of this event, I now have some amazing jerky recipes to share.
Naturally, you can prepare more than Beef Jerky in a food dehydrator. I have also used this dehydrator to make my Beetroot Chips and many other products over the years and found that it captures the flavour and nutrition of everything I’ve put into it.
The dehydrator is simple to use and works by removing the moisture from food whilst locking in the freshness.
Since the way you prepare your jerky is the mark of the man I am also sharing one of Mr GG’s recipes. This is a recipe for a Smokey BBQ Beef Jerky which has the flavour of a Texas BBQ. If you are going to try preparing your own beef jerky you will need a dehydrator with multiple layers, so a reasonable amount of food can be processed at once.
- 1 kg Scotch Fillet Steak
- 1 Tbs crushed chilli or to taste
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
- 1 Tbs onion powder
- 1 Tbs garlic powder
Cut the steak into strips of the desired size.
Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a non reactive container, a glass is good.
Place the steak strips into the marinade and refrigerate overnight or at a minimum 4 hours.
Remove the meat from the marinade and place the beef strips on the dehydrator shelves. Ensure there is adequate space between the pieces to allow airflow.
Once the meat is in the dehydrator sprinkle with dried chilli flakes to the level of heat you prefer.
Set the dehydrator to 70 degrees and allow the steak to dehydrate overnight.
The length of time you dehydrate the meat will determine the texture of the beef jerky. Somewhere between 8 and 14 hours will usually give good results but test the jerky and turn the dehydrator off when the desired result is achieved.
The beef jerky can be stored in a jar in the pantry and does not need refrigeration.
I’m not sure who was the eventual winner of my husbands jerk off, but it certainly wasn’t the cow. There were so many cuts of beef consumed in the quest for jerky supremacy. A good cause of course!