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Alton Brown Beef Jerky Recipe (Step by Step)

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Alton Brown is the creator and host of the Food Network television show Good Eats. Brown was born in Los Angeles but spent his youth in Georgia, where beef jerky is seemingly a dietary staple!

The below recipe was created by Alton Brown and is quite flavorful. After having heard about it so much, I decided to try it myself.

Let’s see how it came out.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Alton Brown beef jerky
Ingredients for Alton Brown beef jerky
Beef for Alton Brown beef jerky
Our choice of beef – eye of round

For this recipe, I choose my favorite beef – eye of round.

Cutting off all fat from our choice of beef - eye of round
Cutting off all fat from our choice of beef – eye of round

Do you know that fat spoils faster than beef? That’s why your first step when you prep beef is to cull off all fat. It’s doesn’t take but 10 to 15 minutes. Afterward, I recommend you place the beef in the freezer for approximately an hour to help cut thinner slices.

Cutting beef jerky
Slicing beef
Cutting meat for Alton Brown jerky
Sliced beef for Alton brown beef jerky

It’s now time to make the marinade by mixing the following ingredients:

Marinage for Alton Brown beef jerky
Beef mixed with seasoning, before dehydration

The next step is to mix your beef and your marinade and place the mixture in your refrigerator for between 7 and 24 hours. The longer you let it soak, the stronger the flavor. I left mine in for a whole night.

Dehydrating – Alton Brown Beef Jerky

Beef placed on dehydrator
Beef placed on dehydrator

After marinating, place your beef in a dehydrator for between 6 and 7 hours. You can also use an oven or an electric smoker.

Try to check the beef while it’s drying. This will help you understand the process and determine when to stop.

Alton Brown dry beef jerky
What beef jerky looks like after being dehydrated for 7 hours

Last time beef jerky was dried by dehydrator for 7 hours at 160 F and I got a delicious jerky!

Recipe for Alton Brown Beef Jerky

The total cooking time is 14 hours and 30 minutes:

  • the preparation time is 30 minutes
  • the marinade time is 7 hours
  • the cooking time is 7 hours

This recipe is serving for 5 people.

Ingredients Costs
1 lb beef — top round London broil beef (but any cut of beef could work)$5 per 1 lb at Walmart
2/3 cup of Worcestershire$1.00 for a 10 oz. container at Walmart
(2/3 cup is 5 and 1/4 oz = $0.63)
2/3 cup of soy sauce$1.52 for a 5 oz. container at Walmart
(2/3 cup is 5 and 1/4 oz = $1.60)
2  teaspoon black pepper $2.98 for a 3 oz. container at Walmart
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.17 cents or 0.34 cents per 2 teaspoons)
2 teaspoon onion powder $4 – 5 dollar range for a 1.73 oz. container
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.38 cents or 0.76 cents per 2 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon honey $2.98 per 12 oz. container at Walmart
(1 tbsp per oz. is 0.24 cents)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes$0.98 per 1.75 oz. container at Walmart ( 6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.09 cents)
Total Cost: $8.66/~7 oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients)

Short Instructions

  1. Cut off all fat from the beef
  2. Slice the beef thinly
  3. Mix all ingredients for the marinade and add the sliced beef
  4. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for between 7 and 24 hours
  5. After marinating, dehydrate your beef for approximately 7 hours using your preferred dehydrating method (e.g., dehydrator, oven, electric smoker)
Alton Brown beef jerky recipe
Delicious Alton Brown beef jerky

Random Beef Jerky Joke:

Beef jerky is the result of cows staring at Chuck Norris too long.