Beef jerky: you love it, and so does everyone else. This beef jerky recipe will give you an instant popularity boost among your family, friends and neighbors. Definitely the tastiest way to preserve beef!


Smoked Beef Jerky Recipe With Aaron Franklin

What you’re looking for in your beef is not a lot of fat. Choose a lean cut like skirt or flank. If there are any chunks of fat on there, trim them off.

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Get the meat as cold as you can without freezing it. You have to slice very thin slices for beef jerky, and that’s why you want it to be as firm as possible. Cut ¼ inch thick slices against the grain.

While many recipes use a marinade of soy sauce, liquid smoke etc., this beef jerky recipe is keeping it old school with a simple salt and pepper rub. The ratio is about 1:1 salt to pepper, only slightly heavier on the salt side. Apply the rub liberally on both sides of the slices.

In this recipe you are actually “cold” smoking, so temperature should not exceed 150°F.

Smoke the jerky for 3 to 5 hours, depending on how heavy you want the smoke.

When done, move the meat over to your dehydrator. Alternatively, use your oven on the “warm” setting, somewhere around 140-150°F. Let it dehydrate overnight (~12-18 hours, depending on the tenderness you want).



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