Honey peppered beef jerky recipe

Honey Peppered Beef Jerky Recipe

Are you looking for a snack that’s both savory and spicy? Look no further than honey peppered beef jerky. I recently discovered this kind of beef jerky, and it has the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

It has the satisfying texture and flavor of beef jerky with a hint of honey that will excite your taste buds. You’ll be hooked after one bite!

Ingredients for Honey Peppered Beef Jerky

Ingredients for honey peppered beef jerky
Ingredients for honey peppered beef jerky

Choosing the Perfect Beef

The cut of the beef you use will affect how long your jerky lasts. The fattier it is, the shorter it will last. We used eye of round, but other cuts like sirloin tip and bottom round could work.

For this recipe, I bought the Eye of Round beef at Walmart for $6.61 per pound.

Our choice of beef – Eye of round
Our choice of beef – Eye of round

Preparing the Beef and Marinating

Trimming the Fat

The fat in beef jerky causes it to spoil. So, if you want it to last for a long time, take the fat off.

Removing it is crucial if you wish to have high-quality jerky!

Cutting off fat from the beef
Cutting off fat from our beef

I weighed the meat to find out how much jerky we would have.

Weighing meat in grams
Weighing meat in grams (460 grams/16.23 oz.)

Cutting the Beef

When you’ve removed all the fat from the beef, put it in the freezer for one-two hours, so it is easier to cut.

When ice crystals start forming, take it out and slice it into thin strips.

Cut against the grain so that your jerky is more tender and has a better texture.

Cutting frozen meat
Cutting frozen meat

Marinating the Beef

We are going to put a lot of flavor on our beef. First, mix the ten marinade ingredients until they are well blended.

My suggestion is to use the measuring cup.

Measuring cup for coking the marinade

Then combine the beef and the marinade in a container. Put it in your fridge for 7 hours minimum, but you can leave it up to 24 hours for more flavor. We left ours overnight.

Mixing the marinade and meat for honey peppered beef jerky
Mixing the marinade and meat for honey peppered beef jerky

Time to Dry Your Beef

After you have marinated the beef, you will need to get rid of the extra liquid left.

This could be done by putting the meat on a paper towel for a few minutes. The paper towel will soak up any extra liquid from the meat.

Placing the beef on a paper towel
Placing the beef on a paper towel

There are three ways to dehydrate beef jerky: in an oven, in an electric smoker, or in dehydrator.

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We used a food dehydrator because it’s easy and small. Load the meat strip into the dehydrator and let it do its job!

Our beef placed on the dehydrator
Our beef placed on the dehydrator

Dehydrate your jerky at 160 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 – 8 hours. We took 7 hours in our food dehydrator, but yours could take less time or more. It depends on how thick the meat is.

You will end up with around ⅓ of the weight you start with. We started with a pound of beef and ended up with 6.63 oz (188 grams) of beef jerky (see scale below).

Weighing meat after cooking
Weighing meat after cooking (188 grams/6.63 oz.)

Recipe

This recipe serves 5 people.

  • preparation time: 30 minutes
  • marinade time: 7 hours
  • drying time: 7 hours
Ingredients Cost
1 lb. of beef; I choose Eye of round beef, but any could work $6.61 per 1 lb. at Walmart
1/4 teaspoon of Prague Powder #1 curing saltBetween $12 and $13 for a 2.5 lb. pack
(96 teaspoons per pound means that 1/4 of a teaspoon equates to 0.01 cents)
1/4 cup soy sauce$1.52 for a 5 oz. container at Walmart
(1/4 cup or 2 oz. = 0.61 cents)
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce$1.00 for a 10 oz. container at Walmart
(2 tbsp per one oz. equates to 0.10 cents )
1/4 cup beef broth$0.67 for a 14.5 oz. container at Walmart
(1/4 cup or 2 oz. = 0.09 cents)
1/4 cup honey$2.98 per 12 oz. container at Walmart
(1/4 cup or 2 oz. = 0.50 cents)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper$3.98 for 3.12 oz. a container at Walmart
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.21 cents per 1 teaspoon)
1/4 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 or 0.10 cents per 1/4 teaspoon )
1/2 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 or 0.045 cents per 1/2 teaspoon )
1/2 teaspoon ginger ground$4 – 5 dollar range for a 1.64 oz. container
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1/2 teaspoon equates to 0.20 cents)
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil$4 – 5 dollar range for a 8.4 oz. container
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.08 cents or 0.02 cents per 1/4 teaspoon )
Total Cost: $8.50/6.63 oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients)

  1. Get rid of all the fat from your beef.
  2. If you are using raw beef, freeze it for 1-2 hours before cutting it into ¼ inch or less slices.
  3. Mix all of the marinade ingredients and stir them until blended.
  4. Combine the beef and marinade in a container or Ziploc bag, then put it in the refrigerator for 7-24 hours to let it soak up the flavor of the marinade.
  5. After letting your meat soak up the flavors, place each strip on a paper towel to get rid of extra liquid.
  6. Dehydrate the beef.
Cooked honey peppered beef jerky
Cooked honey peppered beef jerky

Last update on 2022-06-23

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

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