Dehydrator Beef Jerky
I make dehydrator Beef Jerky quite often, it is a staple in my backpack and also in the kids packed lunch boxes. The only problem is that it is so more’ish that it is normally gone as soon as it is out of the dehydrator.
The recipe I use is one that I have put to gather myself, its easy to make, cost effective and with a dehydrator its easy to dry.
Here is my ‘HOW TO’ including my recipe.
- 2 x zip lock bags
- Chopping Board
- Sharp Knife
- 1kg of minute steaks (carefully choose these to limit the fat and gristle).
- 1 bottle of Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 bottle of Teriyaki marinade
- Dried or Fresh Garlic
- Liquid Smoke
- BBQ Rub (I use the Nandos BBQ Rub as this isn’t so spicy for the kids).
- Dried Chillies if required
- Trim the steaks removing fat & gristle and cut in 2cm strips against the grain of the meat (this makes it easier to chew)
- Place steak strips into bowl
- In a zip lock bag: Add half a bottle of Worcestershire Sauce, 1 Bottle of Teriyaki Marinade, handful of dried garlic, dried chillies (if required) and a tablespoon of liquid smoke.
- Mix the marinade together.
- Add in the steak strips and massage into the marinade to make sure all the meat get covered.
- Remove air from the ziplock bag, lay flat, massage the meat one more time and put into the fridge for 24hrs (removing, massaging and flipping the bag every now and then).
- Remove meat from fridge and drain in a colander.
- Layout paper towel (normally 2 towels thick x 2 towels long.
- layout steak strips onto towels then place towels on top of meat and pat down to remove excess marinade.
- Sprinkle BBQ rub over meat on one side, pat into meat then place on the dehydrator racks.
- Make sure there is space between the strips on the racks (for airflow).
- Turn on dehydrator to full (mine sits at 70c), rotate trays every 20 mins so top goes to bottom for 6 hours. It is handy if you shake the trays every now and then so the strips aren’t stuck to the racks.
- After six hours, turn dehydrator down to 40c and leave overnight.
Remove Jerky from the trays, allow to cool and bag them up. You can freeze if you want to keep your dehydrator Beef Jerky longer but like us I’m sure its gone as soon as its made.
I sometimes vacuum pack my dehydrator beef jerky if I’m using it on trips and excursions.
It is a great trail snack and I always take either Jerky or Biltong with me on multi day trips. I recently had 5 days in the Lake District where I took Biltong or during the Fjallraven Classic I had a bag of Jerky with me.
If you are interested in making your own biltong then please comment and i’ll put together a ‘How To’ video.
Below is a video on how I make my dehydrator beef jerky