Vietnamese beef jerky recipe

Vietnamese Beef Jerky Recipe

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

Ingredients for Vietnamese beef jerky recipe
Ingredients for Vietnamese beef jerky recipe

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.

Our choice of beef -London broil
Our choice of beef – London broil

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.

Cutting off fat from the beef

I weighed the meat to see if I had enough.

Weighing meat in grams
Weighing meat in grams
Weighing meat in oz
Weighing meat in oz.

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.

Sliced meat on the desk
Sliced meat on the desk

To make the marinade for your beef jerky, you need to mix all your ingredients in the proper proportions.

See the measuring cup below.

Measuring cup for coking the marinade

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).

Mixing the marinade and meat for Vietnamese beef jerky recipe
Mixing the marinade and meat for Vietnamese beef jerky recipe

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.

Placing our beef on a paper towel
Placing our beef on a paper towel

There are three ways to make beef jerky: in an oven, in an electric smoker, or in a dehydrator. We used a food dehydrator (Amazon link), which you can see in the pictures.

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Our beef placed on the dehydrator for drying
Our beef is placed on the dehydrator for drying

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.

Our beef looks like after dehydration
Our beef looks like after dehydration

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!

Weighing our meat after cooking in oz.
Weighing our meat after cooking in oz.
Weighing our meat after cooking in grams
Weighing our meat after cooking in grams

Recipe

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
Ingredients Cost
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
  • lemon pepper
  • $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 mincedBetween $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 salt1 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 sugar9 cents for 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
    2 teaspoon vegetable oil2 cents for 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    Total Cost: $7.27/6.5 oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients)

    Shot Instruction

    1. Cut the fat off the beef.
    2. 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.
    3. Put all of the ingredients for the marinade in a container and mix them
    4. Add your beef to marinate it for six or more hours in the fridge (or four or more hours if you want thicker strips).
    Cooked Vietnamese beef jerky
    Cooked Vietnamese beef jerky

    Last update on 2022-01-25

    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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