Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Homemade Beef Jerky

As part of my 25 Before 25 list, I am cooking and baking 25 of the recipes that I have pinned on Pinterest. Here's recipe number one! This recipe comes from the Homesick Texan, although I adapted the recipe slightly to what I did! If you haven't checked out her site, you definitely should! I didn't use the beef partially frozen, and I also realized I only did about half the amount of meat required, so it turned out extra spicy!

Beef Jerky
Source: Homesick Texan

2 pounds of boneless beef top round, fat trimmed
1 cup of Worcestershire sauce 
1/2 cup of water
4 garlic cloves minced
4 teaspoons of chile powder
2 teaspoons of chipotle powder
2 teaspoons of black pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cayenne

1. Slice the beef into long strips about 1/8 of an inch thick.
2. Mix all the other ingredients together, except for the cayenne.
3. Place the beef in the marinade and let it sit, refrigerated, for at least six hours.
4. After the beef has marinated, wipe off the excess liquid and pieces of minced garlic and place on foil-lined sheets with no overlap. Sprinkle meat with cayenne pepper, only a little bit!
5. Cook in the oven at 175 for three hours and then turn over strips. Cook for another 3 hours. It’s ready when it’s dry and has the texture of leather but not so dry that it’s brittle and snaps.

Notes: I ended up putting way too much cayenne on it, so next time, we'll probably sprinkle with black peppercorns. And, again, I only did half the amount of meat. It's a great recipe to leave marinating overnight, then cook in the oven while you're at home for 6 hours straight.


sherri lynn said...

Look at you making your own beef jerky! I am not a fan of beef jerky but I know Caleb likes it! I can't wait to see what other recipes you make this year!

Valerie Griffin said...

my husband loooooves beef jerky! i should try this!

Adam said...

If you had a recipe for homemade slim jims, I think my girlfriend would thank you for life. She never really buys beef jerkey, but slim jims are her favorite snack. She always wonder away in the store and grab a box.

Lauren said...

now that is a recipe that takes commitment! but looks great! you have been trying so many things! go you!

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

oooh looks good. I hope you don't mind if I put this up on my Pinterest. =)

amy b.s. said...

how fun! we make our own beef jerkey too. but i have yet to actually make something i've pinned!

Beth Dunn said...

I love beef jerky! Especially when I was pregnant haha

Ruthie Hart said...

yum Jon would love this. My college boyfriend had a dehydrator but he always tried to make beef jerky and FAILED! haha

poptartyogini said...

I don't think I've ever had beet jerky. I think it's awesome that you made your own. Your way sounds yummy!

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

Mmm, I love beef jerkey. I never thought of making it myself. Homesick Texan has some yummy recipes on her site!

Val said...

I have never made my own beef jerky. You have inspired me.

Caitlin C. said...

This looks amazing! My brother is OBSESSED with beef jerky so he will love this!!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Mmm... yum! My husband used to make his own beef jerky all the time... I am thinking he needs to make some soon!

Janna Bogert said...

YUM. I need to do this, so that I can send it to Will. We've been thinking about getting a Dehydrator...Maybe I should just go ahead and get one. Especially since I like to make dried fruit too!

Megan said...

I seriously love anything and everything beef jerky!!