Local Beef Jerky

Making your own beef jerky at home can be a fun and rewarding project, and it's easier than you might think! With a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time and patience, you can create a delicious snack that's perfect for on-the-go munching or sharing with friends.

Here's a step-by-step guide to making your own local beef jerky:

  1. Start by choosing the right cut of meat. Look for a lean cut of beef such as top round, eye of round, or flank steak. Trim away any visible fat or connective tissue, as these can cause the jerky to spoil more quickly.

  2. Slice the meat into thin strips, about 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick. For easier slicing, you can place the meat in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm it up.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together your marinade ingredients. This can include soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and any other seasonings you like. Place the sliced meat in a resealable bag or container and pour the marinade over it, making sure the meat is well coated. Allow the meat to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

  4. Preheat your oven to the lowest setting, usually around 150-200 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

  5. Remove the meat from the marinade and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the strips of meat on the prepared baking sheet, making sure they are not touching.

  6. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the jerky for 3-4 hours, or until it is dry and slightly chewy. The exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of your meat and the humidity in your oven, so check on the jerky every hour or so and remove it when it reaches your desired level of dryness.

  7. Allow the jerky to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container or bag. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

And there you have it! With a little bit of effort, you can enjoy homemade beef jerky made with local ingredients and your own personal touch. Happy snacking!