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    Backpacker's Beef Jerky

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    12 hrs 10 mins

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    12 hrs

    Road Runner's Note:

    Wholesome, nutritious, low fat snack you'll need for your next wilderness trip. Either just for a day trip or like us 7+ days into the wilderness... this is easy-to-make snack food that provides us with the energy that we need to gets us through tough portage and long canoeing days or those long hiking trips.

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    1. 1
      Combine all ingredients into a large Ziploc bag, shake well to mix dry spices into liquids.
    2. 2
      Add beef strips (this recipe will easily marinate up to 5 lbs of beef strips). Refrigerate for a minimum of 2hrs but best if left for up to 12hrs.
    3. 3
      Pat dry with cloth or paper towel and place into dehydrator for roughly 8-12hrs.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 06, 2012


      I made this for my husband and he LOVED it! I did tweek it a little bit. I out a little bit more black pepper in it and some jalapeno seeds to make it more spicy! He love spicy stuff! So THANK YOU Road Runner for a GREAT recipe! Great for first timers!

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    • on January 07, 2012


      I made this with my smoker. Small amount of apple chips soaked for minimal additional flavoring but adding some. I marinated it for 12 hours. I also used a teaspoon of Chipotle rub and did not use the hot sauce. I used flank steak cut into 1/4" - 3/8" strips with the grain. I smoked it at 125 for 6 hours and I have to say it was phenomenal. Everyone who tried it at the New Years Eve Party LOVED it and once they starting eating it could not stop. The way I made it it had a good "zing" to it... probably from marinating so long but was not "too spicy" for the tenderer pallets. All in all I highly recommend it, and will try adding some sweet to it next time and possibly post a New Recipe if it in fact comes out well.

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    • on May 19, 2009


      This was my first attempt at making jerky and this recipe is so good. I left out the hot sauce because I wanted a not too spicy jerky. I took some over to my BIL and he said this is so good and flavorful and wants the recipe. I am making another batch tonight with the hot sauce. By the way I used 3 1/2 lbs of bottom round and marinated in the fridge for 24 hrs. Thanks Road Runner for a great recipe!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Backpacker's Beef Jerky

    Serving Size: 1 (15 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 275.1
    Calories from Fat 242
    Total Fat 26.9 g
    Saturated Fat 11.1 g
    Cholesterol 37.4 mg
    Sodium 708.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 2.1 g
    Protein 4.1 g

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    steak spice

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