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agnesrob

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Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 07/5/10 7:36 AM (permalink)
My kids love beef jerky so I decided to make some at home last weekend. With all the london broils on sale right now, it was so much cheaper than store bought. I marinated it in a soy sauce marinade I usually make up to do wings. My family ate it all in one day!
 

 

 
What are some of your favorite seasonings for making beef jerky? I've looked up many recipes but would love to hear from fellow roadfooders.
 
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    doggydaddy

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    Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 07/5/10 8:30 AM (permalink)


    Great photos, and I bet this thread will be popular...
    I loved making beef jerky and would give out a couple of pounds worth to family for Christmas.  Well, I started with a couple of pounds before it dried out.
    I think my focus was on teriyaki but if I was to make some now I would probably go for a heavy cracked black pepper style.  I suggest you use any gas station cash register area for inspiration. It's a jungle out there...

    Also consider visiting a Asian grocery for ideas ranging from sauces and flavorings. There are variations of dried everything in those places.

    mark
     
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      agnesrob

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      Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 07/5/10 8:55 AM (permalink)
      Thanks, Mark for the input. What a great idea for gift giving! I did these in my oven. Do you have a dehydrator? I was wondering if it's worth it to get one.
       
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        doggydaddy

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        Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 07/5/10 9:06 AM (permalink)
        agnesrob


        Thanks, Mark for the input. What a great idea for gift giving! I did these in my oven. Do you have a dehydrator? I was wondering if it's worth it to get one.



        There is no reason for buying a dehydrator, your oven is perfect and that is how I do them.  Consider buying extra shelves so you can make alot.  Keep the oven heat as low as you can. You may have to rotate things as time goes by. It seems you did a good job. ***
        One other thing to consider is making dried tomatoes the same way. They make even better gifts.

        ***added to say that you should freeze the meat just enough so that you can make easy thin slices.
        mark
        <message edited by doggydaddy on Mon, 07/5/10 9:37 AM>
         
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          rmaleh

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          Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 07/5/10 9:19 AM (permalink)
          could you share the recipes?  this would be a greatly appreciated cooking trial in my house!  many thanks in advance.
           
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            mar52

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            Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 07/5/10 11:57 AM (permalink)
            I made beef jerky once when I had my Cookshack smoker.

            I decided it was easier to buy it because the final product was just a small amount of beef as compared to what I put it.  It depressed me!

            Yours looks great!

            I used teryaki with a garlicy Island hot sauce.  Hot and good!
             
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              agnesrob

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              Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 07/5/10 12:41 PM (permalink)
              I know what you mean, large piece of meat and small pile of jerky. I think my son just walked through the room and inhaled half of it in seconds. I should mention, though, that my son and daughter were really skeptical until they tried it. They should know by now that if I set my mind to it I can replicate any recipe!
               
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                Reaper

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                Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 07/5/10 2:39 PM (permalink)
                I bought a 10LB London broil and made jerky one time and our son and his friend inhaled it in a half hour. What I do to keep this from happening now is I make it very spicy.
                 
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                  appycamper

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                  Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 07/5/10 2:48 PM (permalink)
                  yeah for spicy! i do it often with soy sauce, lemon juice and sriracha hot sauce. pretty much anything goes for flavors as long as you've got the salt (soy) and acid (lemon juice, lime or vinegar). that and lean meat and you're good. ginger and/or citrus zest is good. venison rocks if you have access to it. as does shrimp. my family likes any jerky best if i take it to a leathery consistency rather than crispy. 
                   
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                    chewingthefat

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                    Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 07/5/10 4:51 PM (permalink)
                    I marinate it after I cook it, cooked with lots of granulated garlic on it, marinade is soy, Parmesean cheese, hot sauce, wor cestershire sauce
                     
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                      Foodbme

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                      Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 07/5/10 5:46 PM (permalink)
                      For tbose interested, there's a number of other threads on here discussing Beef Jerky. Just put Beef Jerky in the search forums section
                       
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                        rebeltruce

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                        Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Tue, 07/6/10 7:31 AM (permalink)
                        I think I offered in the other Beef Jerky threads......I used to have a small Jerky company.....

                        I'll send anyone who wants them my marinade recipes.......I've scaled them all down for 4-5lbs of meat.

                        All soy based and with the exception of the extrememly spicy version all of the ingredients can be found in a common grocery store. PM me if anyone would like the recipes....
                         
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                          RodBangkok

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                          Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Tue, 07/6/10 7:38 AM (permalink)
                          doggydaddy

                          There is no reason for buying a dehydrator, your oven is perfect and that is how I do them.  Consider buying extra shelves so you can make alot.  Keep the oven heat as low as you can.


                          Absolutely, and if you have problems maintaining low temps, just turn off the oven and use a light bulb in the bottom of the oven to maintain a very constant low temp.
                           
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                            agnesrob

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                            Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Tue, 07/6/10 4:04 PM (permalink)
                            Foodbme


                            For tbose interested, there's a number of other threads on here discussing Beef Jerky. Just put Beef Jerky in the search forums section


                            Yes, I saw them. Do you have any favorite recipe?
                             
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                              Rusty246

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                              Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Tue, 07/6/10 4:14 PM (permalink)
                              We usually use a mixture of teriyaki, soy, crystal hot sauce, crushed red pepper.  Marinade over night.  We use a dehydrator, can't stand to clean it though, but I can't stand the thought of using my oven for extended hours even if on low.  My power company loves it.....
                               
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                                tdj_tx

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                                Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 08/16/10 3:38 PM (permalink)
                                Rusty246


                                We usually use a mixture of teriyaki, soy, crystal hot sauce, crushed red pepper.  Marinade over night.  We use a dehydrator, can't stand to clean it though, but I can't stand the thought of using my oven for extended hours even if on low.  My power company loves it.....


                                I agree, I use a dehydrator as well and hate cleaning it. The trays are to big to fit into my dish washer. I like that it can transform 5 lbs of marinated beef into about 1 lb jerky in 4 hours.
                                 
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                                  Rusty246

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                                  Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 08/16/10 4:18 PM (permalink)
                                  tdj_tx


                                  Rusty246


                                  We usually use a mixture of teriyaki, soy, crystal hot sauce, crushed red pepper.  Marinade over night.  We use a dehydrator, can't stand to clean it though, but I can't stand the thought of using my oven for extended hours even if on low.  My power company loves it.....


                                  I agree, I use a dehydrator as well and hate cleaning it. The trays are to big to fit into my dish washer. I like that it can transform 5 lbs of marinated beef into about 1 lb jerky in 4 hours.


                                  I've been told to try spraying the trays with a non stick spray first.
                                   
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                                    tdj_tx

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                                    Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 08/16/10 4:24 PM (permalink)
                                    Rusty246


                                    tdj_tx


                                    Rusty246


                                    We usually use a mixture of teriyaki, soy, crystal hot sauce, crushed red pepper.  Marinade over night.  We use a dehydrator, can't stand to clean it though, but I can't stand the thought of using my oven for extended hours even if on low.  My power company loves it.....


                                    I agree, I use a dehydrator as well and hate cleaning it. The trays are to big to fit into my dish washer. I like that it can transform 5 lbs of marinated beef into about 1 lb jerky in 4 hours.


                                    I've been told to try spraying the trays with a non stick spray first.


                                    yea, but you still have to scrub the trays. After 4 hours the non-stick spray itself gets sticky.
                                     
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                                      MilwFoodlovers

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                                      Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Mon, 08/16/10 7:42 PM (permalink)
                                      When done, I put my trays in the sink with some hot, hot soapy water; rotate them around a few times and then scrub with a large nail brush. They seem to clean up nice and quick.
                                       
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                                        rebeltruce

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                                        Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Tue, 08/17/10 7:30 AM (permalink)
                                        I used to take my trays to the car wash!!!

                                        A few minutes with the high pressure soap and then a quick rinse, they came out as good as new.

                                        Then I discovered the non-stick plastic screens, a quick soak in some un-scented oxi clean and the screens come out pristine, I run the trays through the dishwasher.....
                                         
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                                          Rusty246

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                                          Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Tue, 08/17/10 9:24 AM (permalink)
                                          rebeltruce


                                          I used to take my trays to the car wash!!!

                                          A few minutes with the high pressure soap and then a quick rinse, they came out as good as new.

                                          Then I discovered the non-stick plastic screens, a quick soak in some un-scented oxi clean and the screens come out pristine, I run the trays through the dishwasher.....


                                          I'm trying to picture this car wash scene, plastic trays flying everywhere, finding a fool to hold them????  Standing on them.....how'd you manage that?
                                           
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                                            rebeltruce

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                                            Re:Homemade Beef Jerky Tue, 08/17/10 10:27 AM (permalink)
                                            It was an older Dehydrator with the stackable round trays......I'd stack 13 of them up, then I'd start at the top with the spray pointing down through the trays.

                                            After the first one was clean I'd flip it over and clean the back side and then start stacking them up in a "clean" pile, then I'd rinse them in the same way... 

                                            The water pressure held them all in place....not saying there wasn't a hiccup or two every now and then, and I did get wet...LOL, but I found it was the quickest and easiest way to get them clean.
                                             
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