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Ray’s Beef Jerky Recipe

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I have wanted to visit the Mingan Islands for years now.  I decided the time was right for a photographic road trip! I will be camping for about a week without much access to electricity so I wanted to bring foods that will not need to be kept cold.  First up Beef Jerky!

Ray’s Beef Jerky Recipe

I prefer using an eye of the round roast for jerky as it has almost no fat in the meat.  Fat does not dehydrate well and really limits the time the jerky can be kept.  First step is to prepare the marinade.

Ingredients:

Marinade:

1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup Worchestershire sauce
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon hickory flavour liquid smoke

Meat:

I use about 2.5 kg of eye of the round roast.

Slice the roast (easier if you leave it in the freezer for an hour) with a sharp knife into slices about 1/4 inch thick.

Beef Jerky - Eye of the round

Beef Jerky – Eye of the round

Beef Jerky - Eye of the round slices

Beef Jerky – Eye of the round slices

Coat each slice on both sides with the marinade.  I usually pour some of the marinade in a large container to make this easier.  Once all the slices have been coated I throw them all into a large ziplock back with any remaining marinade.  Put the bag in the fridge for at least 6 hours and up to 24 hours.  The longer you leave it the more the flavours will develop.

Beef Jerky - Marinade

Beef Jerky – Marinade

Beef Jerky - Marinade coating meat

Beef Jerky – Marinade coating meat

Remove the slices from the bag and pat them dry before spreading them out on your dehydrators racks. The dehydrator I use is an Excalibur 3900.

Beef Jerky - Remove excess marinade

Beef Jerky – Remove excess marinade

Once they are all ready I throw them in the dehydrator at 155°F / 68°C for about 6 – 8 hours.

 

Beef Jerky - Lay the slices on the drying racks

Beef Jerky – Lay the slices on the drying racks

 In my dehydrator it is usually ready in about 5 hours 45 minutes but it really depends on the thickness of the slices.  You want the meat to break like a green stick when ready. 

Beef Jerky - Done!

Beef Jerky – Done!

Ready to throw into some ziploc bags and enjoy.  Although the meat will be good for months it never seems to last that long 😉

Beef Jerky - Done and ready to bag

Beef Jerky – Done and ready to bag

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2 Comments

  1. This sounds like a really good recipe….I don’t like jerky (I know, “whaaat?!”) But my husband and kids LOVE them! And I’m always on the lookout for jerky recipes to make from scratch, as 1) not as crazy expensive and you’d get more and 2) you KNOW what’s in it…..which is a very good thing! Thanks for sharing this. He’s planning on taking them camping in March, during spring break, so I’ll whip up a batch, or two, of this and see how they like it. 🙂

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