Thursday, May 17, 2012

Super Simple Beef Jerky

Thanks to Stupid Easy Paleo for this incredibly easy recipe for beef jerky. I promise. SUPER EASY!! If it wasn't I wouldn't be making it. I have a short attention span. I get easily distracted by something shiny. Yes, it's true. If it takes longer than 30 to 45 minutes to make, it might not get finished.
Beef Jerky
This takes a few steps but each of step is short.

You only need 2 ingredients. That's it. TWO ingredients. Lean steak(I used sirloin cap steak) and the marinade. Now for the steps.

Beef Jerky

  1. Trim all visible fat from the steak.
  2. Place steak in the freezer for 30 to 60 minutes (this make it easier to slice thin).
  3. Remove from freezer and slice thin, about 1/8th on an inch thick. Cut it against the grain and on the bias for wider pieces
  4. Place the steak in the Ziploc bag with the contents of 1 jar of Coconut Secret Aminos and put in refrigerator for a few hours to overnight.( I left mine for 24 hours, I saw something shiny).
  5. When you are ready to bake your jerky, preheat oven for 200 degrees
  6. Place 2 racks over baking sheets. The racks are to make sure the oven heat flows above and below the meat. 
  7. Remove meat from the ziploc bag and place on racks over the baking sheets and place baking sheets in oven.
  8. Bake for about 2 hours.
  9. Remove from oven when it looks like jerky.
  10. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
It is worth the time it takes to freeze, slice, marinate and bake. Total time spent in the kitchen on this one was about 15 minutes. Slicing the steak was the longest step. Each of the other steps are "set it and forget it" steps. 
It would be easy to sub venison, elk or bison steak for the beef.

Easy, nutritious and you don't have to spend half the day in the kitchen. Great to keep on hand for a quick snack that is full of protein and sooo delicious.
Let me know how yours turns out.

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