I am a certified jerky finatic and I eat it like a
. I have tried many, many different recipes and this one is my all time favorite. It is somewhat of a teriyaki style but with enough other stuff to keep it interesting. Here we go....
5lb lean beef (I use london broil) sliced into thin strips, fat removed
2 C soy sauce
1 C water
1 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C sherry or rice wine
1/2 C apple cider or juice
2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1 tsp or more red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 tsp or more Tabasco
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp liquid smoke
salt to taste, if any at all
Depending on your desired heat level you can up the chili flakes or Tabasco. If you want it saltier you can add extra salt but the 2 cups of soy sauce are already pretty salty. You decide. I mix up the marinade and add the meat. I let the meat marinade overnight and then it goes into the dehydrator until ready to grub on (5-6 hours or so). The best treatment of the jerky is a long warm smoke under a blanket of alder wood smoke but many of us don't have a smokehouse available. :( If you use the oven to dehydrate make sure you don't get it too hot cause it will cause the jerky to dry out on the outside but not be done inside. If left too long it can turn out brittle, as well. The dehydrator is a good choice. I personally guarantee you'll love this or I'll recall this post!