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This was my first experiment with dry cure jerky. It's a peppery jerky with the flavors of chili. The beef sold as "fajita meat" works perfectly for jerky; it's lean and in good-sized slices. Prep time includes seasoning the beef overnight. Serving size is approximate - how much can you eat at one time?
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients and really rub the dry ingredients into the grain of the meat; really get it worked in Cover and marinate overnight.
- If you have a dehydrator, by all means use it.
- My oven method: Place aluminum foil on oven rack.
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees F (that's as low as my oven will go--).
- Put meat on baking racks then set on the foiled oven rack to dry.
- Prop the oven door open with an oven mitt to allow moisture to escape.
- In my oven, it takes about 7 hours for complete drying; slightly less if you use very thin slices (mine are about 1/4 inch thick).