Alright I'll be the first to admit that this looks like a glass full of dry...well you know. But, you know what, taking a beautiful picture of beef jerky is a hard job! Growing up in the heart of Pennsylvania, jerky was like turkey on Thanksgiving. It would only usually come around once a year, right after deer season. Of course, the jerky I'm talking about was made of venison. Yes, to put it simply, I was a redneck. Not one of those really crazy rednecks that you see walking around your local Walmart from time-to-time, a normal redneck...if that makes sense. We often went hunting, camping, fishing, muddin' , etc. So, naturally, I love these delicious salty treats. Now that the Super Bowl is set, we are down to two weeks to party plan. I ask you this....is there anything more manly...more 'Merrrican...than sitting down, watching a game of football, with a cold Yuengling and a hunk of dried meat? I think not....don't deprive your guests of this opportunity to express their Patriotism.
History of Jerky
- 2 lbs eye of round, trimmed of all fat
- 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Slice the beef with the grain into 1 inch thick by 3 inch long strips. They may seem big, but that's fine. They will shrink significantly during the cooking process. In a mixing bowl combine all the try ingredients, mix to incorporate. Add all the beef strips to a large ziplock freezer bag, add in the spice mixture and toss to coat all the strips. Refrigerate the beef for 24 hours.
Preheat the oven to 250° F
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a baking rack on top. Place the strips on top of the baking rack, making sure the strips are not touching or overlapping, this allows for even drying. Bake for 6-7 hours, until fairly dry. If you prefer the jerky to be on the chewy side, remove after 6 hours. Otherwise, leave it in for the full 7 hours.
You know when else is a good time to eat beef jerky?? While watching Arnold Schwarzenegger movies!