Korean BBQ beef jerky

Korean BBQ Beef Jerky Recipe

I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to make jerky, so when I came across a recipe for Korean BBQ Beef Jerky, I knew I had to try it. The end result was fantastic!

The beef was marinated in a sweet and spicy sauce, then dehydrated to perfection. If you’re looking for a new twist on traditional beef jerky, give this recipe a try!

Korean BBQ Beef Jerky Ingredients

Korean BBQ beef jerky ingredients
Ingredients for making JBBQ beef jerky

And of course, beef meat.

Picking the Best Beef

Our choice of beef  was top round thin cut
Our choice of beef was Top round thin cut

To make beef jerky, you need to choose a lean cut of meat. The more fat there is in the meat, the faster it will spoil. We used pre-sliced Top round thin cut because it contains very little fat and we didn’t have to work on cutting it ourselves.

If you want to use a different kind of meat, that’s okay too!

Weighing the meat helped me figure out how much jerky we will have after dehydrating beef.

Weighing meat in oz.
Weighing meat in oz.

Or about 524 grams.

Weighing meat in grams
Weighing meat in grams.

Prepping the Beef

Removing the Fat

Removing fat from our meat
Removing fat from our meat

The fat on your beef will spoil much faster than the beef itself.

So if you want it to last, take off as much of the fat as possible before you dry it into jerky.

Slicing the Beef

Slicing the beef
Slicing the beef

Cut the beef the opposite way that the grain is when you are ready to cut. Cut them really thin so they can dry faster (no greater than ¼ inch thick).

Marinating the Beef

To make the marinade, mix all of the ingredients together in a container. Use a measuring cup to get the proportions right.

Measure cup
Measuring cup

To make a tasty Korean BBQ marinade: put the 9 ingredients in a container and then add the beef, and mix until all the slices are completely covered. Put it in the fridge for 8 to 24 hours. The longer you leave it, the stronger the flavors will be!

 Making the marinade for our beef jerky
Making the marinade for our beef jerky

Drying the Beef Jerky

Once the beef has marinated, you will need to drain it of any excess liquid. You can do this by placing it on a paper towel for a few minutes. The paper towel will absorb the liquid. That way, when your beef is ready for drying, there won’t be any more extra liquid on it.

Place the strips on paper towels
Place the strips on paper towels

You can use an oven or electric smoker, to dry beef but you’ll get better results from a food dehydrator. You can buy one at Walmart or on Amazon. Lay the beef strips on the dehydrator trays and dry them at 160 degrees F for 4-8 hours.

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Our slices were so thin that they only needed 4 hours, but if yours are thicker, they’ll need more time.

Check your jerky for doneness every 30-45 minutes to prevent overcooking. Jerky is done when you can bend it without breaking it.

Dry your beef jerky in the dehydrator at 160 degrees F for 4-7.5 hours. Our thin slices dried in 4.5 hours; thicker slices will need more time.

Beef jerky placed on the dehydrator
Beef jerky placed on the dehydrator

You’ll end up with around ⅓ of the beef’s original weight in jerky. Our pound of beef turned into 6.5 ounces ( 184 g. ) of Korean BBQ beef jerky.

You can make ⅓ of the original weight in beef jerky. We made 6.5 oz. ( 184 g. ) of Korean BBQ beef jerky out of 17.2 oz. of beef.

Korean BBQ Beef Jerky Recipe
Weighing meat after dehydration in oz.
Weighing meat after dehydration in grams
Weighing meat after dehydration in grams.

Recipe

Makes 5 servings
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Marinade Time: 6-24 hours, average 7 hours
Drying Time: 4 – 8 hours, average 7 hours

IngredientsCost
1 lb beef — Top Round Thin cut (Milanesa) (any could work)$9.15 per 1 lb. at Walmart
1/4 teaspoon Prague Powder #1 curing salt Between $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)
2 tablespoon red wine vinegar$1.57 for a 12.7 oz. container at Wallmart
(2 tbsp per oz. = 0.12 cents)
1 cup of BBQ sauce$1.97 for an 18 oz. container at Walmart
(1 cup or 8 oz. = $0.55)
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)
1 tablespoon brown sugar$2.17 for 2lb. container at Walmart
(31 tbsp. per pound means that 1 tbsp. equates to 0.04 cents)
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 )
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce$1.00 for a 10 oz. container at Walmart
(2 tbsp per oz. = 0.20 cents)
1/2 tsp sesame seeds$2.96 for a 3.75 oz. container at Walmart
(2 tbsp per oz. – 0.20 cents equates 1/2 tablespoon to 0.15 cents)
1 teaspoon sesame oil$4 – 5 dollar range for an 8.4 oz. container
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.08 cents)
Total Cost:$10.66/6.5oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients)

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Cut the fat from your beef.
  2. If you are not using pre-sliced beef, freeze it for 1 – 2 hours and then cut into slices that are no thicker than ¼ inch.
  3. Put all of the ingredients for the marinade in a cup and mix them together. Add this to the meat and marinate it in a container in your fridge for 6 – 24 hours.
  4. Remove any excess marinade with a paper towel before cooking.
  5. Dry your beef on a food dehydrator at 160 degrees F for 4 – 5 hours (thin pieces) or 6 – 8 hours (thik pieces).

Last update on 2022-06-23

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