Old fashioned beef jerky recipe

Old Fashioned Beef Jerky Recipe

This recipe will teach you how to make delicious old-fashioned beef jerky. Salty and sweet, smoky and tangy. Our famous beef jerky pays homage to the beginnings of this popular snack. A timeless piece to be enjoyed repeatedly!

Our protein-rich beef jerky, which is made with beef that has a rich flavor, demonstrates quality with each bite’s texture and moisture. It is a tasty and satiating snack for the car, the game, the work, or any other time.

Slicing Meat

The first step in creating this teriyaki beef jerky is choosing a lean beef cut. I picked the bottom round to make this tasty beef jerky. Please, check out the list of the ideal beef you can use while making beef jerky.

A bottom-round beef
Our choice of meat was Bottom Round

The cut should be completely free of visible fat before slicing it into strips for jerky. Because fat spoils more quickly than meat, the jerky that results will have a shorter shelf life.

Removing fat from our meat
Removing fat from our meat

We need about 1 lb or 450 grams (15.9 oz.) of beef.

Weighing bottom-round in grams
Weighing meat before cooking our beef jerky

I hand-sliced the meat for this recipe; take care to use a very sharp knife. Before slicing, you may also partially freeze the beef. This helps to keep the meat rigid while slicing and facilitates cutting uniform portions.

To your preferred thickness, cut the beef strips. Depending on the recipe, I frequently slice the meat at a thickness of 14′, either with or against the grain.

cutting meat for Old Fashioned beef jerky
Cutting meat for Old Fashioned beef jerky

Making Marinade

This recipe is so delicious since it contains high-quality ingredients, such as the savory flavor of the soy sauce, the spiciness of the black pepper, and the sweetness of the brown sugar.

The special flavor is added thanks to Liquid smoke, Worcestershire source, and flavored powders.

Ingredients for Old Fashioned Beef Jerky
Ingredients for Old Fashioned Beef Jerky

Properly combine all the ingredients first in a small bowl or zip-top bag. Add the strips to the marinade thoroughly to ensure that each one is uniformly coated. Marinating for 6–24 hours is more important in the refrigerator than on the kitchen counter.

Mixing marinade and meat
Mixing marinade and meat

Therefore, don’t leave raw meat out on the table. Food safety is very important.

During marinating, take the bag out of the fridge and mix the strips several times to ensure they are evenly covered with the marinade.

Dehydrating the Jerky

The beef jerky will have a stronger taste the longer it is marinated. After the meat has finished marinating, any excess beef jerky marinade needs to be filtered in a strainer. We gave this 10 hours to sit.

After being strained in a strainer, the beef jerky strips should be spread out on paper towels to absorb any extra marinade.

using a paper towel to remove the extra marinade
Using paper towels to remove the extra marinade

I use a Nesco dehydrator was preparing my beef jerky, but you could also make it in the oven or a smoker if you prefer.

NESCO FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, For Snacks, Fruit, Beef Jerky, Gray
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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
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  • 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

Make sure there is space between each strip of beef jerky to facilitate even drying.

Beef placed on our dehydrator before drying
Beef placed on our dehydrator before drying

Dehydrate the beef for three hours at the dehydrator’s highest setting, which is either 160F or 165F. After that, you can finish it by lowering the temperature to 145F.

Beef jerky after dehydration
Beef jerky after dehydration

You should start checking the jerky to see if it has finished drying around the third or fourth-hour mark. After being removed from the oven, dehydrator, or smoker, a piece of beef jerky needs to cool for five minutes to reach room temperature.

When you divide the beef jerky in half, it should bend and fracture but not completely break apart. The meat also exhibits white filaments. The fibers are most obvious when a piece is torn or twisted in half.

You’ll end up with around ⅓ of your starting weight in jerky. Our original pound of beef was 15.9 oz. and after the cooking we got 6.6 oz. (186 grams).

Weighing our beef jerky after dehydration in grams
Weighing our beef jerky after dehydration in grams

Recipe of Sweet and Spicy Beef Jerky

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

Ingredients Cost
1 lb beef — Bottom Round beef (any could work)$7.99 per 1 lb. at Weis
1/2 cup soy sauce$1.52 for a 15 oz. container at Walmart
(1/2 cup or 4 oz. = 0.40 cents)
2 tablespoons brown sugar$2.17 for 2lb. a container at Walmart
(31 tbsp. per pound means that 2 tbsp. equates to 0.07 cents)
2 teaspoons of black pepper ground$3.98 for a 3.12 oz. container at Walmart
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 2 teaspoons equates to 0.42 cents)
1 teaspoon of garlic powderBetween $4 and $5 for a 2.33 oz. container
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.28 cents)
1/2 cup of Worcestershire$1.00 for a 10 oz. container at Wallmart
(1/2 cup or 4 oz. = 0.40 cents)
1 teaspoon of 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 Liquid smoke$1.34 for a 4 oz. container at Walmart
(6 tsp. per one oz. means that 1 tablespoon equates to 0.06 cents)
1 teaspoon of saltabout 0.01 cents
Total Cost:$9.61/6.6 oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients)

Step-By-Step Instructions

Old fashioned beef jerky recipe

Old Fashioned Beef Jerky Recipe

This recipe will teach you how to make delicious old-fashioned beef jerky. Salty and sweet, smoky and tangy. Our famous beef jerky pays homage to the beginnings of this popular snack. A timeless piece to be enjoyed repeatedly!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Marinade Time: 10 hours
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Jerky
Servings: 5
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Charles
Cost: $9.61

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of Bottom Round, but any can work
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Liquid smoke

Instructions

  • The beef should be trimmed of all visible fat, wrapped in plastic wrap, and partially frozen in the freezer for a few hours
  • Slice the beef into 14" strips against the grain for easier chewing after removing it from the freezer. For chewier jerky, cut with the grain
  • Sliced beef should be added to the mixture and marinated for 8 to 24 hours in the fridge
  • Remove the meat from the refrigerator after it has completed marinating, then strain the extra marinade. Paper towels are used to pat the strips dry
  • Dehydrate the beef for three hours at the dehydrator's highest setting, which is either 160F or 165F. After that, you can finish it by lowering the temperature to 145F
  • When the jerky bends and cracks but does not split in half, it is ready

Nutrition

Serving: 37.2g | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.6g | Protein: 29.4g | Fat: 5.7g | Saturated Fat: 2.1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1223mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 5.7g | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 18mg
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