Published on November 12th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain0
Treats Week Day 2 Homemade Beef Jerky
Looking for a delicious treat that your favorite guy is sure to love? How about homemade beef jerky? This is a snack that is hard to keep around in our house. I love that it’s homemade and doesn’t have to have the amounts of sodium that the store bought kind has. Also, you can add in some heat, some sweet, or Asian flavors that will wow your gift recipients. I think this is a perfect GUY gift, since it’s almost so masculine it ropes itself. A real cowboy treat! Put this delicious snack into a mason jar, tie some twine around it and gift away!
You need to freeze your london broil for about 45 minutes. I had mine frozen and let it thaw about that long. You want the meat firm and mostly frozen so that you can slice the meat as thinly as possible. A super sharp knife is also a good idea. Dull knives slip and are dangerous. My london broil was about 1.5 pounds and made a good amount of jerky.
After your meat is sliced. In a Ziploc, with the meat add in ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup Worchestershire sauce, and a tablespoon of smoke seasoning. ( Smoke seasoning is usually found in with your BBQ and Worchestershire sauces in the grocery store.) Also, add in 1 teaspoon each garlic and onion powders, and a couple good cranks of black pepper. Add in 2 teaspoons of Lawry’s season all, and 2 tablespoons of corn syrup.I also added ¼ cup water to make more liquid. Allow your meat to marinate for about 7-8 hours – or overnight in the fridge.
Take your meat slices and lay them out on a rack on top of a pan covered in aluminum foil.
Place your pans in a 200 degree oven for 1.5 hours. Take them out and drain off any pooled liquid on the bottom of the pan, turn each piece of jerky over, and place back into the oven for another 1.5 hours. IF your meat is sliced thicker than mine – I did manage to get mine paper thin mostly, then you may even need another hour or so until the meat is thoroughly dried out.
Keep this in a baggie, and refrigerate it. If you can keep your family from snatching it from under your nose.