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!

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Until everyone gets hungry and turns into monsters.

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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.

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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.

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

Thin slices mean crispy, chewy jerky.

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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.

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5. Blend…

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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