Bison beef jerky

Bison Jerky Recipe

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Are you ready for a recipe that harkens back to the Native American origins of jerky? Bison jerky is a classic among us enthusiasts so let’s avoid the fluff and get right into it …

Ingredients for Bison Jerky

  • 2 lbs. of top round beef
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic and crushed red chili
  • 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper and sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke
  • 1 and a half cups of Worcestershire sauce

Instructions, Step-by-Step

Although it’s named “Bison Jerky,” you’ll actually begin with two pounds of top round beef that you’ll slice to a thickness of 1/8th of an inch.

I hope you weren’t expecting that we’d go on a bison hunting expedition!

Step 1: Create Your Marinade

First, mix in a large Ziploc bag the above ingredients to create your marinade.

Step 2: the Meat

Then, place your meat strips inside the bag, shaking it thoroughly, and setting it in your refrigerator for between 6 and 24 hours.

The longer it sits, the more bold and flavorful your jerk will be.

When it’s ready, remove the bag from the fridge and ready your beef. Doing so will require that you dry each slice on a paper towel so they’re not too wet.

Step 3: Dehydration

You can either use a food dehydrator or a conventional oven for the drying.

For the oven, place the beef strips onto the oven racks (or if you’re more civilized a tray!) and set the temperature to the lowest possible setting (between 170° F and 180° F).

Dry the meat for between five and six hours, making sure to check frequently so it dehydrates in a manner of your liking.

Step 4: Storage

When it’s finished, store your jerky in an airtight container, which you can place in the fridge for extra shelf life.

Random Beef Jerky Joke:

"You might be a redneck if you think that beef jerky and moon pies are two of the major food groups."
-- Jeff Foxworthy