Meat Suggestions: Top Round, Bottom Round, Flank Steak, Top Sirloin
1+poundsClassic Beef Jerky: Eye of RoundTop Round, Bottom Round, Flank Steak, Top Sirloin
1cup Soy Sauce
1TablespoonKikkoman Wasabi Sauce
2TablespoonJalapeno MustardSubstitution: mince up a jalapeno and add to the mustard
2teaspoonFresh Cracked Black Pepper
Before Dehydration Begins
3TablespoonFresh Cracked Black Pepper
Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Take a taste and make any seasoning adjustments.
The single most important bit of information is to slice against the grains of the meat.This will help make your beef jerky more tender.Look at meat, searching for the long intramuscular grains, and which way they run. The cuts you make need to be cutting against/ across the long grains.Tip: Cut Perpendicular to the direction of the grains
You do not want to slice the meat too thick. Shoot for around a ¼ inch. This will help with even dehydrating times.
Dehydrating the Meat
Layout the meat on each dehydrator tray and add a healthy amount of fresh cracked black pepper to each piece.Be careful the meat isn't overlaying one another. You do not want to have an overloaded dehydrator due to uneven cook times.Tip: Add a piece of aluminum foil to the bottom of your machine for easier clean-up.
The timing for dehydration can swing between 4 to 15 hours. That’s a huge time window and can be confusing. The average is 4 hours at 160 degrees. That's the temperature and timing I used.
Types of Cuts of Meat to Use to Make Jerky
Eye of RoundBeef – One of the more popular cuts of beef to use for making jerky.
Bottom RoundBeef - Another top pick for Beef Jerky. This muscle can be found as part of the outer muscle of the upper leg.
Flank Steak Beef– Great choice for Beef Jerky, higher-quality cut of beef with all the flavor.
Top Round Beef – Similar to the Bottom Round cut, but is more tender and sits right on top of the bottom round.
Brisket Beef – one of our readers left a comment suggesting we not forget about Brisket because they LOVE making Beef Jerky out of brisket.
Top Sirloin Beef– Not as mainstream as the other mention above, but still a very nice choice for making quality Beef Jerky.
Deer / Venison – Incredible flavor and belongs in the tender category. Makes Amazing Jerky.
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