Do you know that beef jerky is good for you? It has about 15 grams of protein, 4 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fat, and 80 calories. This is a good snack to have on hand to curb that hungry feeling. You can make a batch of beef jerky at home for much cheaper than the store bought one.
- Beef, or venison, or deer
- Teriyaki Soy sauce
- Black pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Hickory Smoke Flavoring
- Herbs: oregano, or basil, or thyme
Trim as much fat off as possible from the piece of meat that you are intending to use. Slide it in strips about 1/4 inch thick, one inch wide, against the grain of the beef.
I used roast, or steak sometimes, which has a bit of fat contain to keep the meat moist.
Put the strips in a big bowl, and season them with teriyaki soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, herbs of your choice, a pinch of sugar, and a few drops of hickory smoke flavor. Mix them up and let stand for a couple of hours to marinate.
Since I have to watch my sodium intake, these beef strips are not as salty as store bought jerky. Thus, they cut down on the marinating time!
Place your strips on a baking pan, and bake them in the oven at 150-250 degrees for about an hour.
Allow five minutes for cooling!
Store your beef jerky in zip-lock bags in the refrigerator.
This is a perfect snack for most occasions. Since it is homemade you know what goes into your jerky, and the kind of meat you are using. Make a few batches of this jerky because it will disappear fast!