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This is an Alton Brown Recipe and it will ruin you from ever buying store bought jerky. Pre- packaged strips often taste (as some one else already stated) sickeningly sweet. To me, it tastes artificial. I made this recipe today using random cuts of beef I found on sale. I cut them all thin and only marinated the meat for 10-15 minutes. I did not pat the meat dry. I put it on the racks dripping. It made a mess but was so tender, I didn't mind the extra work. Also, I am not a fan if liquid smoke but I'm crazy about Hickory smoked powder. That makes a huge difference, in my opinion. My 3 teenaged sons and husband couldn't stop eating this treat!

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dminetos_1540854 February 06, 2014

I stopped buying packaged jerky years ago as it's always grossly sweet. This wonderful jerky lives up to its name. I followed other reviewer's advise and partially froze the meat before slicing and adding the strips to the marinade. It accidentally marinated for 48 hours and was still perfect. As well, I hung the pieces with toothpicks from the rack and they oven-dried beautifully in the time indicated. Thanks for this super recipe.

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Elisabetta47 May 05, 2010

The best recipe for jerky yet!

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AnnaMarieCooking November 06, 2009

Excellent indeed! Turned out even better than storebought jerky. I made it as directed except for adding a 1/4 t of red pepper flakes which gave it a nice zing--I would add even more for a spicy hot jerky. I forgot to drain the meat on paper towels, but putting foil on the bottom of the oven prevented it from being too messy. The lowest temp on our oven is 170, so that's what I used. I had to go out so I turned it off after two hours, and it was practically done when I came home, but I turned it back on for another 40 minutes or so, and it was perfect. I kept it in the refrigerator all afternoon, and then we ate it all that night (it was too good to resist!), so as I write this, I'm marinating a double batch.

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Literary Mom June 06, 2009

This jerky was excellent just like the name. I used a sirloin steak which we had already used the other half of for steak, so we knew it didn't have much flavor. After slicing it thin and placing it in the dehydrator it turned into a wonderful snack food! I tagged this in the Diabetes Awareness Cooking Tag Game.

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AcadiaTwo November 17, 2008

My husband begs me to make this for him. It is so much better than what you can get at the store. Thanks for posting.

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Sunshynetoo April 10, 2008

This truly is excellent beef jerky. So much better than what I have been buying in the stores. The only changes I made was to increase the garlic and onion powder to my taste and added some red pepper flakes. Other than that, it is one of the best recipes out there. I used Lawry's seasoning salt because I like that the best. Very Good recipe and I highly recommend it.

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hunterhall_29 December 19, 2007
Excellent Beef Jerky