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How To Make Salty, Tender, And Delicious Beef Jerky

Better beef jerky = better road trips.

Road trips are fun.

WOOHOO! This here’s a PARTY!

Until everyone gets hungry and turns into monsters.

But stopping for fast food is the worst.

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So! Make delicious beef jerky at home and avoid rest stops and gas stations forever.

1. You will need:

2 pounds beef
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup pear nectar*
1/2 cup sake
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
3/4 cups honey
1 jalapeño
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
4 tablespoons ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

*pear nectar is the fancy name for pear juice, which you can get at Walmart / most grocery stores. If you can’t find it, substitute apple juice.

Get the full recipe at Food52.

2. Put your beef in the freezer to firm it up, then make super-thin slices.

Thin slices mean crispy, chewy jerky.

3. Get out the blender to make a marinade.

Pour in the soy sauce, pear nectar, sake, sesame oil, and honey. Throw in your grated ginger.

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4. Add chopped jalapeño, garlic, and onion.

Look, it’s a beautiful mosaic.

5. Blend…

It’ll look kinda like a latte (but it won’t taste like one).

6. Pour the marinade over the beef and let them hang out until they become friends.

While you’re waiting, take a nap, go to work, and — if worst comes to worst — talk to your family.

7. Seven hours later, it’s jerky time. Preheat the oven to 200º F and grind the salt and sesame seeds.

Consider this your annual lower arm workout.

8. Drain your beef and sprinkle it with the salty sesame seed mixture.

9. Bake for 4 hours, until dry and jerky-like.

It’ll be worth the wait. Just stay strong. Get the full recipe at Food52.

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