Vietnamese beef jerky is one of the most popular and delicious types of jerky. It is made with thin slices of beef that are marinated in a mixture of pepper, sugar, garlic, and fresh lemon juice being dried.
The end result is a tender and chewy jerky that is full of flavor. Jerky makes a great snack or appetizer and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
If you’ve never tried Vietnamese beef jerky before, you are in for a real treat!
Ingredients for Vietnamese Beef Jerky Recipe
- 1 lb. of beef
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lemon pepper
- 1 tbsp five spice powder
- 1 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp black pepper ground
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp garlic minced
The Best Beef
When you make beef jerky, not all meat is the same. Some people like fancy meat, but I like less fancy like London Broil.
It is a good choice because it has very little fat, but other cuts like Top Round, Sirloin Tip, Flank Steak, and Eye of Round are good too.
I paid $12.03 for the whole cut or $5.84/per lb. at Walmart.
Preparing a Beef
To get a delicious jerky, you must trim the fat off of your beef. Make sure that you take off all the fat so that your beef will last longer and will taste better.
I weighed the meat to see if I had enough.
We recommend freezing your beef to firm it up. It is easier to slice it when it’s firm.
Freeze the beef for 1 hour or up to 2 hours and then cut thin strips, no thicker than ¼ inch.
Thinner strips will dry quicker than thicker ones so that you can enjoy the beef jerky sooner.
To make the marinade for your beef jerky, you need to mix all your ingredients in the proper proportions.
See the measuring cup below.
Mix the beef and a marinade. Put them in a container or bag. Put it in the fridge for at least six hours, or longer (the longer you marinate your beef, the stronger the flavor is).
Dry Your Beef Jerky
After you have cooked the beef, put it on a paper towel for a few minutes to get rid of any excess liquid.
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Put the meat in the dehydrator, and it will make jerky! You should put it on at 160 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-8 hours, but ours took 7 hours in our food dehydrator.
Yours could take less time or more, though, depending on how thick the meat is.
After cooking, my jerky weighs 6.5 oz or 183 grams. The process removed 8.5 oz. of weight, which constituted a 58% weight loss. Now you know why jerky is so expensive!
This recipe serves 5 people and requires 13 hours and 30 minutes to cook.
- preparation time: 30 minutes
- marinade time: 6 hours
- drying time: 7 hours
|1 lb. of beef; I choose top round London broil beef, but any could work||$5.84 per 1 lb. at Walmart|
|1 tablespoon of||$0.98 per 4.25 oz. container at Walmart|
(2 tbsp. per oz. means that 1 tablespoon equates to 0.11 cents)
|2 tablespoon garlic minced||Between $0.4 and $0.5 per whole garlic at Walmart |
(2 tbsp. garlic minced equates to 0.30 cents)
|1 tablespoon five-spice powder||$2.17 for 2lb. a container at Walmart |
( 31 tbsp. per pound means that 2 tbsp. equates to 0.07 cents)
|1 teaspoon salt||1 cent for 1 teaspoon of salt|
|3 tablespoon lemon juice||$1 per one lemon in Walmart, I used all of it|
|1/2 teaspoon black pepper ground||$3.98 for 3.12 oz. a container at Walmart |
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.21 cents or 0.11 cents per 1/2 teaspoon)
|1 tablespoon red pepper flakes||$0.98 per 1.75 oz. container at Walmart|
(2 tbsp. per oz. means that 1 tablespoon equates to 0.28 cents)
|1 tablespoon turmeric powder||$2.78 per 2 oz. at Walmart|
(2 tbsp. per oz. means that 1 tablespoon equates to 1.39 cents)
|3 tablespoon granulated sugar||9 cents for 3 tablespoons granulated sugar|
|2 teaspoon vegetable oil||2 cents for 2 tablespoons granulated sugar|
|Total Cost:||$7.27/6.5 oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients)|
- Cut the fat off the beef.
- If you are not using pre-sliced beef, freeze it for one or two hours and then cut it into slices no thicker than ¼ inch.
- Put all of the ingredients for the marinade in a container and mix them
- Add your beef to marinate it for six or more hours in the fridge (or four or more hours if you want thicker strips).
Last update on 2022-01-25
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