Do You Love Beef Jerky, But Hate The Cost?
I love Beef Jerky but hate the small expensive packages they sell at the stores, some costing as much as $2.00 per ounce. With Beef Sirloin Tip around $4.00 a pound, you could make a big batch at home for less than buying several small packages.
Learn To Make Your Own Beef Jerky
If you love eating Beef Jerky, learning to make your own Homemade Beef Jerky just makes sense and is really easy to do. But the best part is you get to control the ingredients, no nitrates or preservatives, and save money too.
No Dehydrator Needed
Don’t have a dehydrator, not a problem, because all you need is an oven. Making Homemade Beef Jerky Using Your Oven is so easy and tastes so good, you will want to have Homemade Beef Jerky around all the time…
Let’s Start With The Beef
Beef Round, Sirloin, Flank Steak or any other lean beef cut would be a good choice. I went to the store looking to buy a cryo pack of Beef Round Roast, and have the butcher cut it into 1/2 in steaks, but instead I found a tray of precut Beef Sirloin Tip steaks, the cuts were about 1/2 inch thick which I thought was perfect. 3 pounds for a little more than $12.00, about $4.00 a pound.
Preparing The Beef
If you purchase beef that is pre-trimmed and thickly sliced you still need to cut the beef into smaller strips… To make it easier to cut I froze the beef steaks in a single layer, just long enough to form ice crystals and firm up the meat, it took between 35 – 45 minutes. When the meat was partially frozen not rock hard, cutting it into 1/4 inch strips was really easy to do…
Divide The Beef
3 pounds of beef strips is more than my one tray could handle, so I divided the beef strips into 4 batches and froze all but one batch… It would have taken 6 or more trays to process all the meat at one time… One batch took two trays.
Marinate The Beef
The Marinade you choose to use determines what your finished Beef Jerky is going to taste like, and can give you an opportunity to be creative. Making a marinade for Beef Jerky is very easy, so long as you have the basics Salt, Vinegar & Something Sweet you can add any other herb, spice or ingredient that you like… I added Tequilla, and just loved the taste… Some like to add Bourbon…
Once you have a recipe, make the marinade then add just enough marinade to wet the Beef strips, turning the meat to make sure it covers all sides. Then let Beef strips marinate overnight, from 12 to 24 hours… Save leftover marinade for the rest of beef the strips.
TIP: Divide the Marinade Into 4 Batches and add to Freezer Bags of Beef Strips… Freeze the Bags until Ready to Dehydrate, then thaw them out and let them marinade in the refrigerator.
Lay Beef Strips Out
I splurged and purchased a new pan, I was looking for a large cookie sheet and racks that fit, but found this one instead… It cost less than buying a cookie sheet and racks. If you don’t have a tray with racks it will take longer to dehydrate but can be done.
Just be sure to choose a non-stick pan or lightly oil the pan so that the strips do not stick. Then lay out the beef strips, leaving room between each strip for the air to circulate.
Dry The Beef
To Dry, the Beef Jerky start by pre-heating the oven to 175 degrees, with the oven rack on the middle rail, place the pan of Marinated Beef Strips in the oven. Set a timer for 2 hours. At 2 hours remove pan and flip the beef strips over, set the timer for another 2 hours, and put the pan back in the oven…
Let The Steam Escape
I did not leave the oven door open the whole time, but at strategic times put my oven mitts in the door to leave a crack for steam to escape, I did this for several minutes every hour that Beef Strips were in the oven.
What Beef Jerky Should Look Like
When the Beef Jerky is dry it will look dark, and be a little hard. It should not be brittle. How long it takes will depend on many things, how well your oven works and how many trays of beef you are drying at one time.
It took me 4 hours to dry one tray if you have a larger batch or use a pan without racks it could take longer.
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Homemade Beef Jerky Using Your Oven
- 3 lbs Sirloin Tip
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
- 1/4 cup Pickling Salt
- 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
- 2 tbsp Tequila
- 1/4 cup Molasses
- 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Chipotles In Adobo Sauce (make into a paste)
- 1 tsp Granulated Garlic
- 1/2 tsp Chili Flakes
Chipotles in Adobo Sauce Paste:
In a Chopper or Blender add the contents of 1 can Chipotles In Adobo Sauce, chop or blend till it is spoon-able. You will need to save most of it… It freezes well, just divide the sauce into small portions and freeze it and store frozen till needed.
- Cut the Beef Sirloin Tip into 1/2 inch slices (skip if purchased already cut),
- Place steaks in a single layer on a large baking pan or cookie sheet, freeze for 35 to 45 minutes till meat begins to get ice crystals and firms up.
- While the meat is freezing, make the marinade, add all ingredients to a large bowl except Tequila, Molasses, and Vinegar, and mix till salt dissolves, when is salt has dissolved add Tequila, Molasses, and Vinegar, mix well.
- Remove slices of partially frozen Sirloin one or two at a time and slice into smaller 1/4 thick strips.
- Put cut meat strips in a large dish and add the marinade coat all the slices, cover and refrigerate overnight, 12 or 24 hours.
- Lay marinated meat strips on the cooling rack inside a baking pan, leave space around the slices.
- Set oven temperature to 175 degrees, place pan of meat strips on the middle oven shelf.
- Let dry till color gets dark about 1 – 2 hours, then flip them over, continue drying beef.
- It took 4 hours for my Jerky to dry.
- To be safe I store my homemade Beef jerky in the refrigerator, or for longer storage in the freezer.
I divided the cut meat and marinade into 4 batches, froze all but one batch, and dried them one batch at a time.
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