As I was watching Good Eats on Food Network, Alton Brown was doing a show on home made beef jerky. It looked really interesting with a nice mix of food prep and gadget using. So of course I had to give it a try. :)
As you can see above, I really like it and it's quite tasty. :-9 Those of you rooming with me at Comic Con are in for a treat. Assuming you eat beef. :)
1 1/2 - 2 lbs of Flank Steak
2/3 cup of Soy sauce
2/3 cup of Worcestershire sauce
1 table spoon honey
2 tsps pepper (freshly ground)
2 tsps onion powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp liquid smoke
Large box fan.
3 furnace filters (not using fiberglass!) preferably with pleats
2 bungee cords with hooks.
Put the Flank Steak in a plastic bag and freeze until hard, but not frozen solid. It makes cutting the steak into strips a lot easier. Or freeze solid and defrost when you're ready to use it.
Cut the steak into thin strips, about the size of bacon strips.
Mix all the liquids and spices into a large ziplock bag. Squish it around to mix.
Add the flank steak into the ziplock bag as well and mix. The consistency is kinda weird actually. :)
Zip up the bag and place it in a container, just in case the plastic bag leaks.
Marinate in the fridge for 3-6 hours. I had mine in there for 5 because I got impatient. :)
Take out of the bag and pat dry using paper towels.
Take the strips and lay them in to the furnace filters. Make sure you have the filter facing the right way for the airflow. There should be an arrow on the side telling you which direction the airflow should be.
Stack the filters one on top of each other. Have a empty filter on top.
Use the bungee cords to secure the filters to the fan. Have it facing the outside, pointing out a window or the screen door. Unless you want your house smelling like meat. :)
Let it go for 12 hours or more depending on the speed of the fan and the thickness of the steak slices. And then, you have home made beef jerky. :)
The next time I need to trim off more of the fat. Although the fat bits are very tasty and fun to chew (like gum). It's impossible to break down with your teeth. Oh well, live and learn. :)
I have to say they do taste really good. But don't expect this thing to be cheap. The fan and the filters cost about $20 and the flank steak cost about $10. The fan of course is reusable. The filters I guess can be, but only if you use it again right away. And those were about $8. I could have shopped around more but I just wanted to get started. :)
Once again, make sure you a non-fiberglass filter. Fiberglass is bad. :) Use cellulose or in my case, a polyester/cotton blend.
So yep, that's my adventure in cooking this weekend. :)