Originally Posted by IcyMist
Okay you guys are making me hungry for some jerky. I have difficulty finding any that I like because I don't like peppery or sweet jerky. Does the worcestershire make it sweet? When I say I don't care for sweet jerky, I mean even a little sweet turns me off.
Also is it really easy to make the jerky and store it? I have a seal-a-meal, so could always freeze it but if I don't need to freeze it even better.
My apologies for not getting back to you earlier IcyMist but health issues prevented it.
Here is a good basic marinade for jerky I got from somewhere on the net and it works really great:
750g flank steak (or any very meaty steak like rump, with no gristle or marbles fat through it.)
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons "liquid smoke"
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
1/3 teaspoon garlic powder
Slice beef across the grain into 5mm thick slices. Place in a shallow dish. In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients. Pour over beef, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Pre-heat oven to low (about 85C)
Lay beef strips on a rack set over a baking pan lined with aluminium foil.
Place in oven.
Prop open oven door with a pencil.
Bake until meat is dry and chewy. (Approx 5-8 hours depending on humidity)
I usually turn the meat over at least twice, it helps speed up teh process.
Store in airtight container but chances are you will eat the lot in one day. It makes GREAT hiking and camping food.
You don't need the liquid smoke and you can vary the amounts as you please.
Add chilli powder and cayenne for heat, and less pepper if you so desire, but it does work well. Try paprika (or smoked paprika) instead of ground pepper if you're not a pepper fan.
I do mine on our hooded barby, bit wasteful on gas but with one burner on low, not too bad.
Give it a go, you will enjoy the experimentation.