How To Make Beef Jerky At Home





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Published on Jul 16, 2010

Jack Scalfani shows you how to do homemade beef jerky. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO THIS CHANNEL.

Here is the recipe for the marinade that Jack used.

1 1/2 to 2 pounds flank steak
2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
2/3 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon liquid smoke 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (add more to make hotter)

Special Equipment: 1 box fan, 2 paper air-conditioning filters, and 2 bungee cords or shipping tape

Basically what you want to do is trim the meat of any fat. Then stick it in the freezer for about an hour or two until it's firm. You don't want it completely frozen, but this helps with the slicing. Cut long, thin strips WITH the grain. I know this is counterintuitive, but this is what you want to do for good jerky; we're not making steaks here. ;-)

Mix all of the marinade ingredients together in a large zip-lock baggy, and drop in your meat. Ensure all the pieces are coated, and throw it in the refrigerator for about 6 hours. When 6 hours is up, remove the meat, pat the pieces dry and grab your filters. Lay the strips out in the grooves of the filter. Cover with the other filter, and bungee or tape the stack to your (preferable square) box fan. Turn the fan on high, and let it blow over the meat for 12 hours.

After 12 hours is up, it's time to enjoy some delicious, delicious home made jerky.

Comments • 925

Chuck Young
Please give credit where credit is due. This entire recipe and way to dry it is taken completely from Alton Browns show Good Eats Season 9 Episode 3. This is taken directly from there.
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Charless Hunt
give Alton his props for this DIY.
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Scott D
This is why I don't accept foods prepared at home by co-workers and such. Jeez some people have such low standards for hygiene.
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jorge rivera
5 min of bs, noone has time for that
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is that... is that a green screen in the outside scenes?
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This is totally an Alton Brown method. He did it on his show.
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David Sanchez
How does the fiberglass in the filter taste lol
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matthew feldman
that is a lot of commercials
I typically appreciate creativity, but having just bought a functional food dehydrator for $40 I have to ask why not just do that rather than spending money on this method?  Even if you already had a box fan, doing it a few times would already cost more than a cheap dehydrator since re-using the filters would pose a sanitary issue.  This isn't to mention that the filters aren't designed for food so who knows what materials or substances could be present and leech into the jerky.
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