Prep 12 hrs
Cook 8 hrs
I have been a Beef Jerky Maniak for a couple of years now. The only problem is that beef jerky can only be bought for the dog here in Holland. So I came across a respectable recipe and i made some changes to it to suit my taste.
- 2 lbs very lean beef tenderloin, premier quality
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 cup honey
- 5⁄8 cup Japanese soy sauce (kikkoman is the best)
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
- 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh crushed black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- Buy the meat fresh from the butcher, about 2 mm thick and put it in the freezer for 2 1/2 hour.
- Cut away all excess fat,can be done easily now the meat is partly frozen.
- Defrost meat in microwave.
- Combine garlic, soy sauce, pepper, salt, liquid smoke, lemon juice, honey in a plastic container and marinate the meat in it for 12 to 24 hours.
- The next day, put a oven rack on the lowest level and cover it with foil for easy cleaning.
- Also, put another rack on the highest level.
- Preheat oven to 50°C.
- Insert a wooden toothpick through the end of each slice of meat, and suspend each slice from the top rack in the oven, using the toothpick as a support for the slice.
- This way you can easily fit 1 kilogram of meat on one rack.
- Bake at 50°C and leave the oven door open to allow moisture to escape.
- Check the meat after 5 hours.
- It could take up to 8 hours, depending on the thickness of the slices.
- Jerky should bend, and not snap.
- Then it is ready!
- Store in a air-free zip bag.
What a great "light" seasoning for jerky. The sweetness comes through fine, but you really taste the meat. Highly recommended! Thank you.
I am also a jerky maniac looking for new recipes. This is a great jerky recipe. I used kikkoman low sodium soy and no liquid smoke, I use my grill as a smoker instead of the oven method, all the other ingredients were used per recipe. The recipe is a clever combo to use the soy and diminish the saltiness with honey. I will make this one again soon. If your Holland jerky for dogs is anything like the prepackaged stuff here in the states it is best left for the dogs anyway. You can't beat a fresh batch of homemade jerky.