Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky Recipe

Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky Recipe

There are a few things that make this Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky Recipe special. First, it uses the world’s hottest chili pepper, the Carolina Reaper.

This chili pepper is so hot, so if you are looking for a beef jerky recipe that will give you a serious kick, this is the one for you. This Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky Recipe uses a unique blend of spices that really brings out the flavor of the beef.

I love the combination of garlic powder, onion powder, and Carolina reaper powder. However, feel free to experiment with different spice combinations until you find one you like.

Everything you need to know about consuming the spicier beef jerky in the world, including preparation instructions, locations, and what to expect, is provided here.

Step 1: Ingredients for Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky

Ingredients for Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky

Before you start making Carolina Reaper beef jerky, make sure that you have the following ingredients:

And, of course, beef.

For this recipe, I use extremely lean ground beef — eye of round, but it works great with other meat, like top round, bottom round, or flank steak. Just make sure the ground meat you are using is lean.

Our choice of beef - eye of round
Our choice of beef – eye of round

Step 2: Prepearing Beef

If the meat is too fatty, try to trim the fat as much as possible.

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

We need around 1 pound (or 454 grams) of beef for the recipe.

Weighing meat for our recipe
Weighing meat for our recipe

First, freeze your meat for about 1 – 2 hours. It makes it easier to cut the beef, as it might get too hard to slice. Cut your meat into very thin strips. Eye of Round is great for this because it has a very obvious grain. It makes it easier to cut the beef, as it might get too hard to slice.

Cutting meat for Carolina reaper beef jerky
Cutting meat for Carolina reaper beef jerky

Step 3: Prepearing Marinade

Combine all of your marinade ingredients in a container or a plastic bag, and add beef strips. Refrigerate the mixture for anywhere between 5 hours to overnight.

Mixing the marinade and the beef for Carolina Reaper Jerky
Mixing the marinade and the beef for Carolina Reaper jerky

Step 4: Prepearing Marinade

After marinating the beef, you must drain an extra liquid. The meat can be placed on a paper towel to achieve this. The paper towel will soak up some marinade.

Place strips on paper towels to remove the marinade
Place strips on paper towels to remove the marinade

This Carolina Reaper beef jerky recipe is cooked in a dehydrator. This recipe also works in an oven or smoker; make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important and crucial for the jerky to dry properly.

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NESCO FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, For Snacks, Fruit, Beef Jerky, Gray
  • EVEN HEAT DISTRIBUTION: 600 watts of drying power provides even heat distribution; consistent drying that is four times faster than other food dehydrators
  • ADJUSTABLE TEMPERATURE CONTROL: The adjustable temperature control (95°F -160°F) gives you the flexibility to achieve the best results when drying different foods that need varying temperature settings
  • EXPANDABLE TO 12 TRAYS: Comes with five (13 1/2″ diameter) trays and expands up to 12 trays so you can dry large quantities at once with no tray rotation needed; additional trays sold separately
  • EXPANDABLE TO 12 TRAYS: Comes with five (13 1/2″ diameter) trays and expands up to 12 trays so you can dry large quantities at once with no tray rotation needed; additional trays sold separately
  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: (2) Fruit Roll Sheet, (2) Clean-A-Screens, a sample of Jerky Seasoning & Cure, and (1) Care & Use Guide

Evenly distribute the strips of meat on trays.

Beef is placed on the dehydrator for drying
Beef is placed on the dehydrator for drying

Dehydrate for around 5-6 hours at 160 – 170 degrees F, or until the jerky reaches 165 degrees Farenfate and the jerky bends without breaking.

Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky looks like after dehydration
Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky looks like after dehydration

After cooking, my jerky weighs 6.5 oz or 184 grams!

Weighing Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky after cooking in grams
Weighing Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky after cooking in grams

Recipe

This recipe serves 5 people and requires me 13 hours and 30 minutes to make.

  • preparation time: 30 minutes
  • marinade time: 7 hours
  • drying time: 6 hours
Ingredients Cost
1 lb. of beef; I choose eye of round beef, but any could work $6.84 per 1 lb in Wallmart
1/4 cup of soy sauce$1.52 for a 15 oz. container at Walmart
( 1/4 cup or 2 oz. = 0.20 cents )
1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire$1.00 for a 10 oz. container at Wallmart
(2 tbsp per oz. or 0.03 cents per 1/2 tbsp)
1 tablespoon of cane sugar0.03 cents per 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of the Carolina reaper powder$12.95 for 2 oz. a container at Walmart
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 1.08 cents or 0.08 cents)
1 teaspoon onion powderBetween $4 and $5 for a 1.73 oz. container
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.38 cents)
1 teaspoon garlic powderBetween $4 and $5 for a 2.33 oz. container
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.28 cents)
Total Cost: $7.84/6.5 oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients)

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Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky Recipe

Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky Recipe

This chili pepper is so hot, so if you are looking for a beef jerky recipe that will give you a serious kick, this is the one for you. This Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky Recipe uses a unique blend of spices that really brings out the flavor of the beef.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Marinade Time: 7 hours
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Jerky
Servings: 5
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Charles
Cost: $7.84

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. 1 lb. of beef; I choose eye of round beef, but any could work
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce or your favorite cut (any could work)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Carolina reaper powder

Instructions

  • Trim all visible fat from beef, then pop the meat in the freezer for 50 – 60 minutes or until firm
  • Slice the beef along the grain (the long, fibrous streaks) into 1/8-in.-thick strips
  • Add the marinade to the container with the beef and store it in the refrigerator, covered, for 6 – 12 hours
  • Remove the liquid from the beef: let it drain on a paper towelLet the meat dry in the dehydrator for 5 – 6 hours or until the beef becomes dry and leathery.

Nutrition

Serving: 36.8g | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.7g | Protein: 28.7g | Fat: 5.7g | Saturated Fat: 2.1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 5.2g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 17mg
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