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Jerky finished on cutting board

Tropic Thunder Beef Jerky

Looking for a great peppered flavored jerky? Look no further, this tropic thunder beef jerky is bursting with flavor and is sure to impress.

Beef jerky on cutting board

I’m not sure if you could tell, but my wife loves the movie Tropic Thunder. You know, the one with Ben Stiller that takes place in the jungle. Yeah, she loves that movie… So when I made a jerky with pineapple juice she thought of tropical jungles and wanted to name the recipe, and here we are…. Tropic Thunder Beef Jerky.

This is an amazing tasting jerky, I like it a lot! However, it does not have a huge flavor of pineapple juice, but more of a soy sauce and black pepper flavor.

I started with beef top round steak that was sliced thin from the supermarket. Sometimes I feel a little lazy and can’t resist the already thin sliced meat that works so great for jerky!

Beef jerky marinating in ziplock bag

After combining all of the ingredients in a ziplock bag, the beef top round was marinated for 12 hours in the refrigerator. I normally like to marinate my recipes for 24 hours, but anything over 6 hours will produce some great tasting jerky.

jerky on dehydrator trays

After straining the meat in a colander, I patted dry the jerky strips with paper towels to soak up any excess marinade. My Excalibur Dehydrator was used to dry this jerky. It heats the jerky to an internal temperature of 160F, so there was no pre-heating necessary. After 4 1/2 hours the jerky was just perfect! Visit my Jerky Making Methods page for in depth step by step directions on how to dry jerky!

jerky in dehydrator

Make sure to remove a piece and allow it to cool to room temperature before checking if the jerky is finished. It should bend and crack, but not break in half. White fibers will also be seen if the jerky is dried correctly.

Jerky finished on cutting board

As mentioned earlier, the jerky had a great soy sauce and black pepper flavor. I would categorize the spice as mild. There was a kick from the black pepper which I really enjoyed. The brown sugar balanced the spice however, making a great standard beef jerky flavor. I wish the pineapple would come through a little more, but have had a hard time getting that flavor without using an extract. Even without the pineapple juice, it has a great flavor.

Give this Tropic Thunder Beef Jerky a shot if you are looking for a great tasting traditional jerky, I highly recommend it!

For more in depth directions on how to dry your jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below. 

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Jerky finished on cutting board
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Tropic Thunder Beef Jerky

Looking for a great peppered flavored jerky? Look no further, this tropic thunder beef jerky is bursting with flavor and is sure to impress.
Course Beef Jerky
Cuisine American
Keyword beef jerky, peppered beef jerky, Spicy Beef Jerky
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 5
Author Will

Ingredients

  • 1 lb beef top round
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp curing salt optional

Instructions

  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky. (I did not freeze the jerky since I bought already thinly sliced meat. I sliced the thin meat into 1" wide strips)
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 6-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator and dried for 4.5 hours at 165F.
  7. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.

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Yuzu Beef Jerky

Yuzu Beef Jerky

Yuzu is a tart and citrus fruit which grows in East Asia that resembles a small grapefruit. Yuzu Kosho (seen below) is a pasty Japanese condiment that is made of three ingredients: yuzu zest, salt, and chiles. 

Yuzu Beef Jerky

My wife is the brains behind this jerky, and keeping with her tradition of making food with either a zillion ingredients or steps; this jerky recipe is no exception. It’s inspired by a Chilean Sea Bass dish that was served at our wedding, so it reminds us of a special time whenever we make it. So if you are ready to take some time and put in some hard work in the kitchen, this amazing jerky will not disappoint!

Using a Tri-tip roast, it was sliced with my Weston Jerky Slicer making all the strips an even width which is great for drying. The Tri-Tip had a little too much fat for my liking, but had wanted to try that cut for a while now. I would recommend sticking with an eye of round roast which has less fat.

Westin Jerky Slicer

After slicing your beef, set it in the fridge while you prepare the marinade. The main ingredients in this marinade are the Red and Green Yuzu Kosho. The red yuzu is made from red chiles and the green from green chiles. The red yuzu is very spicy, so use sparingly! You can find these in an Asian supermarket or buy purchase online at the link I provided. The marinade is made up of two broths; a Dashi broth and a mushroom broth. 

Yuzu broths for beef jerky

The mushroom broth is quite simple with 1 packet of dried shiitake mushrooms bathed in hot water. You dispose of the mushrooms, the only thing you want from this is the amazing mushroom flavor.

The Dashi broth consists of kombu (dried seaweed) and katsuobushi (dried fish flakes). Okay, so maybe there aren’t a zillion ingredients and making the broth isn’t exactly a huge amount of steps. But i’m used to throwing some ingredients in a ziplock bag, adding meat, and you are immediately marinating some jerky! This recipe has a couple more steps, but not too bad…

Dashi broth for yuzu jerky

Just like the mushroom broth, all you want is the liquid and none of the seaweed or fish flakes. Once finished; several cups of both broths are blended together, yuzu added, and brought back to a boil in order to make sure they are well blended. After they have blended, allow them to cool and your marinade is ready. Make sure not to add the meat until the broth has cooled down to room temperature or below.

I have detailed instructions on how to make these two broths in the recipe card below. Don’t let the ingredients turn you off from making this jerky. As I mentioned earlier, they can be found online or at a local Asian supermarket.

So how does it taste? GREAT!!! The first thing you notice is a great Asian flavor followed by an orange and chili spice at the end. For such a small amount of red yuzu this jerky has a lot of spice, yet is also savory. So order your ingredients and get to making some Yuzu Beef Jerky!

Yuzu jerky finished

For more in depth directions on how to dry your turkey jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below. 

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Yuzu Beef Jerky

Yuzu is a tart and citrus fruit which grows in East Asia that resembles a small grapefruit. This yuzu is the main ingredient which is blended with several broths making a fantastic Asian jerky.

Course Beef Jerky
Cuisine American
Keyword beef jerky, Jerky, yuzu
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 40 minutes
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 4
Author Will

Ingredients

Lean Meat

Dashi Broth

  • 2 3.5" pieces kombu dried seaweed
  • 1/2 cup katsuobushi dried fish flakes
  • 4 cups water cold

Mushroom Broth

  • 1 oz shiitake mushrooms dried
  • 4 cups water

Yuzu Dashi Mushroom Marinade

  • 2 tsp yuzu kosho green
  • 1/2 tsp yuzu kosho spicy red
  • 3 cups dashi broth previously prepared
  • 1/2 cup mushroom broth previously prepared

Instructions

Dashi Broth

  1. In a small pot, soak kombu for 20 minutes in 4 cups of cold water.

  2. Bring water and kombu to a boil and add the katsuobushi.

  3. Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Do not remove the pot from burner.

  4. Strain the broth in a bowl, removing and discarding kombu and katsuobushi. Set broth aside.

Mushroom Broth

  1. Place dried mushrooms in a bowl.

  2. In a separate pot, bring 4 cups of water almost to a boil.

  3. Before it boils, pour just enough of the hot water over the mushrooms until they are just covered and let sit for 15 minutes.

  4. Remove and dispose of mushrooms. Set broth aside.

Yuzu Dashi Mushroom Marinade

  1. In a pot, combine 3 cups of dashi broth, 1/2 cup of mushroom broth, 2 tsp of green yuzu, and 1/2 tsp of red yuzu.

  2. Heat on high to almost a boil and stir until ingredients are well incorporated.

  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature or below. Place marinade in a ziplock bag or bowl.

Prepare Beef and Marinate

  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky. (I did not freeze the jerky and used my Jerky Slicer with the grain)
  3. Add sliced beef to the yuzu dashi mushroom marinade and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.

  4. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator and dried for 4 hours at 165F.
  6. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.

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Simply Sweet Beef Jerky on tray with lemons and brown sugar

Spicy Sweet Beef Jerky

This jerky recipe is a great one that has an amazing sweet flavor followed by a spicy zing at the end. Rave reviews were received when I passed this jerky around at home and work. Everyone loved it!

Spicy Sweet beef jerky finished on a towel with lemons and brown sugar

I made this jerky AFTER I got back from a week long camping trip up in Canada. My wife and I went to Banff and Jasper National Park just west of Calgary. It was a fantastic trip in which I wish I had this jerky with me for all the amazing hikes we did.

Banff NP looking over lake and mountains

I bought jerky while I was in Canada and was very unimpressed. I’m not saying that Canadians can’t make jerky, because I know they can throw down some jam up dried meat, but unfortunately I didn’t find any on my trip.

Thinly sliced beef top round on cutting board for jerky

Being short on time, I purchased already thinly sliced Beef Top Round. This helped since I didn’t have to break out my jerky slicer and slice the meat myself. It also was perfect because my local grocery store was selling these packages as ‘buy one get one free’. Can’t beat that!

Spicy Sweet Beef Jerky marinating in zip lock bag

I also marinated for about 7 hours instead of my usual 20+. Since the meat was so thinly sliced, the lower marinating time was more than enough to give this jerky an amazing flavor. After marinating, the meat was drained in a colander and patted dry with paper towels.

Spicy Sweet Beef Jerky strained in colander

I used my Excalibur Dehydrator when making this jerky. I love using this dehydrator. It’s very quiet, has a very large capacity, and produces some really tasty jerky!

Spicy Sweet Jerky on dehydrator trays

It took a total of 4 hours at 160°F to turn out just perfect. The thinly sliced meat was the perfect size for jerky and the flavor was on point.

Simply Sweet Beef Jerky on tray with lemons and brown sugar

The brown sugar and honey give this jerky a nice sweet flavor when you first start to chew. After a couple of seconds the salty soy sauce flavor will come out making it very savory. Finally, when you are finishing up your piece the heat from the red pepper flakes and black pepper will have you reaching for some water.

This jerky was very popular at home as well as at work. Everyone that tried it LOVED it. It’s easy to see why with the ingredients and flavors that are packed into this meaty snack. Definitely put this recipe on the top of your ‘to try’ list!

For more in depth directions on how to dry your jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below. 

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Spicy Sweet beef jerky finished on a towel with lemons and brown sugar
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Spicy Sweet Beef Jerky

This jerky recipe is a great one that has an amazing sweet flavor followed by a spicy zing at the end. Rave reviews were received when I passed this jerky around at home and work. Everyone loved it!
Course Beef Jerky
Cuisine American
Keyword beef jerky, Spicy Sweet Beef Jerky
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 267 kcal
Author Will

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Beef Top Round
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp ginger ground
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water cold

Instructions

  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.

    While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag. 

    Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky. (I did not freeze the jerky since I bought already thinly sliced meat. I sliced the thin meat into 1" wide strips)

    Add sliced beef to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 6-24 hours in the refrigerator.

    After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels. 

    Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator and dried for 4 hours at 165F.

    The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Sweet Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 884mg 37%
Potassium 301mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Vitamin C 1.8%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 18.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Silk Road Beef Jerky on a bowl and ready to eat

Silk Road Beef Jerky

The silk road was a trading route that ran from Europe around the Mediterranean eventually all the way to China and beyond. This recipe has Sumac as the star ingredient, which is from the Mediterranean…

You might be asking, “so was Sumac traded along the silk road?” Uh, I don’t think so. But I needed a name for this jerky, and since I already have a Mediterranean Jerky, I named it Silk Road Beef Jerky.  See how simple my mind works? Ha.

Beef jerky with sesame seeds on cutting board

As I mentioned before, Sumac is the star ingredient for this recipe. I bought mine at a spice shop down the road in Boulder. You can find some at a local store near you or buy some Sumac on amazon

Marinade for Silk Road Beef Jerky

Sumac is a spice from the middle east that has a tangy lemony flavor. It’s normally found and used ground, not whole. It’s fantastic!!! I also used some tomato powder that you can find at a local spice shop or online, of course

Straining beef jerky in a colander

After marinating for 12 hours, I strained in a colander and patted dry with paper towels.

Beef jerky on dehydrator trays

After patting dry with paper towels, sprinkle on extra sesame seeds to enhance the flavor and make it look that much better! I put the strips on my Excalibur Dehydrator trays and dried for 4 hours at 165°F.

Finished Beef Jerky on Bowl

This jerky turned out VERY yummy! A great flavor comes through that is tangy and tart. The sumac really steals the show adding a little lemony flavor. This is followed by a hint of cinnamon that rounds out the jerky making it a definite keeper! There isn’t much of a tomato flavor, so if you like tomato you might need to add a little more. VERY GOOD!!!

For more in depth directions on how to dry your jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below. 

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Silk Road Beef Jerky

Jerky with a great flavor that is tangy and tart. The sumac really steals the show adding a little lemony flavor. This is followed by a hint of cinnamon that rounds out the jerky making it a definite keeper!
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword beef jerky, sumac
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 5 servings
Calories 173 kcal
Author Will

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground sumac
  • 2 tsp tomato powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 tsp curing salt optional

Topping

  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag. Only use 1/2tsp of sesame seeds and keep the other 1/2tsp to sprinkle on the strips after marinating.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky. (I did not freeze the jerky and used my Jerky Slicer with the grain)
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle strips with the remianing ½ tsp sesame seeds.
  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator and dried for 4 hours at 165F.
  7. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
Nutrition Facts
Silk Road Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving (70 g)
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 267mg 11%
Potassium 208mg 6%
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin C 1.8%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 12.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Margarita Beef Jerky with drink and sugar

Margarita Beef Jerky

Who’s ready for some Margaritas?!?!?! Unfortunately it is Monday, but the taste of frozen margaritas you probably drank this weekend can stay fresh in your mind while at the office with some margarita beef jerky!

Margarita Beef Jerky

This is a pretty simple recipe that produces a almost candy like jerky. I used a Beef Top Round and marinated the meat for a total of 16 hours before drying.

Margarita Beef Jerky Marinade

You will more than likely have most of the ingredients for this recipe in your pantry, just grab a bottle of margarita mix and some meat while you are at your grocery store and you will be good to go! It doesn’t really matter what mix you get, they will all be about the same. I grabbed Mr. & Mrs. T’s margarita mix. Not sure who the T’s are, but their mix is pretty tasty!

Beef Top Round being sliced in jerky slicer

 

I used my Weston Jerky Slicer to get nice even strips. This thing is great if you start making a bunch of jerky. I use it just about every time I make jerky.

Beef Jerky on dehydrator trays

After marinating 16 hours, I strained the jerky strips in a colander and placed on my jerky trays. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator when making this batch. If you are in the market for a dehydrator or aren’t sure which one to get, check out my dehydrator reviews.

Margarita beef jerky on dehydrator trays close up

I dried these for 3 hours at 165°F and turned down for 2 hours at 145°F. After 5 hours, this sweet meat candy was dried to perfection. So did it taste like a margarita? YES! It really does have a sweet margarita flavor with just enough saltiness. If you are looking for a flavorful and sweet jerky, look no further.

The weekend may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in this margarita flavor jerky to hold you over until NEXT weekend!

Margarita Beef Jerky with drink and sugar

For more in depth directions on how to dry your jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below. 

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Margarita Beef Jerky

Who's ready for some Margaritas?!?!?! Unfortunately it is Monday, but the taste of frozen margaritas you probably drank this weekend can stay fresh in your mind while at the office with some margarita beef jerky!
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword margarita beef jerky
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 4
Calories 267 kcal
Author Will

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 cup margarita mix
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp curing salt optional

Instructions

  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky. (I did not freeze the jerky and used my Jerky Slicer with the grain)
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator and dried for 3 hours at 165F and 2 hours at 145F.
  7. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
Nutrition Facts
Margarita Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 955mg 40%
Potassium 251mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Sugars 13g
Protein 30g 60%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 15.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Top Jerky Recipes of 2017

I have a lot of people ask me what my all time favorite jerky recipes are, and you can see a list on my Beef Jerky Recipe page. But we are starting a new year and I can’t help but look back at some of the Top Jerky Recipes of 2017!

What really happened was my wife called me and told me that I should put together a list of my Top 3 Jerky recipes of 2017. Since that was a great idea, like most of her ideas, I put together a list!

Beef Jerky on Dehydrator

So here are some of my favorite and readers favorite jerky recipes from this past year!

Jimmy’s Teriyaki Deer Jerky

My highest visited and tried recipe of this past year came at the beginning of 2017. It was right after hunting season and I was given a tried and true recipe from my hunting buddy Jimmy. It’s an easy recipe to make since the base is a marinade you can find in your local grocery store called Allegro Teriyaki Marinade.

I made this jerky with venison, but it works great for beef jerky as well! The number 1 recipe of 2017 is Jimmy’s Teriyaki Deer Jerky.

Jimmy's Teriyaki Deer Jerky

The sweet flavor of the marinade married with the spice of the fresh cracked black pepper makes this jerky very satisfying to make and eat. So slice up your harvest from this year or grab a beef roast from the store and make a batch of Jimmy’s Teriyaki Deer Jerky!

Korean BBQ Beef Jerky

The second recipe that made the Top 3 Jerky Recipes of 2017 was the very last recipe made last year. The inspiration for this recipe came from a very popular Asian cuisine that I am sure ALL of you have eaten at some point in your life. That’s right, it’s Korean BBQ Beef Jerky!

Why did this recipe make the top 3? It tasted exactly like the amazing Korean BBQ pork dish you can get at any local Korean Restaurant. That pork is addicting, and this jerky is just as addicting!

This Korean BBQ Beef Jerky tastes just like the popular tasty Korean pork dish | Jerkyholic

The soy sauce was not overpowering and it wasn’t really salty either. The flavors turned out just perfect. Most regular super markets have all of the ingredients needed, but you might have to make a special trip to an Asian super market if you live in a small town. However, don’t let this deter you from making this recipe, it probably will be one of your favorites too!

Dragon Fire Beef Jerky

The third recipe to round out the Top Recipes of 2017 has a little spice to it. You have to end 2017 and start 2018 with a little bit of a kick! This recipe has become one of my all time favorites and if you like spicy jerky, will be on your top list of jerky as well. My wife helped me pick out the name and even gave me a little figurine to put in the pictures. Rounding out 2017 is Dragon Fire Beef Jerky!

 

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Man was this a great tasting jerky! I love spicy jerky and the Habanero peppers really made this jerky a winner. The sea salt also gave it the perfect amount of saltiness that I love in jerky.

Don’t forget to blend the Habanero peppers along with the other ingredients in a blender to get the full flavor and fire of the Habaneros.

Dragon Fire Beef Jerky jumped into my wife’s all time top 3 jerky recipes; I could also tell that she loved it because she almost ate it all before I could take these pictures. Do yourself a favor and add this recipe to your list to try in the upcoming weeks.

A Look into 2018

I am super excited about the jerky recipes to come in 2018, and I hope that you keep checking in or sign up for my newsletter to get those new recipes as soon as I post them.

As a teaser, I just finished drying some Elk Jerky today and it was AMAZING! A quick trip into Oklahoma City to visit my local spice shop, Savory Spice, I scored some Ghost Peppers and a Carolina Reaper Puree which churned out some great Elk Jerky. So stay posted for those recipes and many many more to come! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Korean BBQ Beef Jerky

Korean BBQ Beef Jerky

A very popular Korean dish you can find just about anywhere and tastes FANTASTIC is BBQ pork. This jerky recipe is a take of that dish and turned out tasting just as great!

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I sliced the Beef Tri-Tip with my Weston Jerky Slicer making all the strips an even width which is great for drying. The Tri-Tip had a little too much fat for my liking, but had wanted to try that cut for a while now. I would recommend sticking with an eye of round roast which has less fat.

Westin Jerky Slicer

The jerky strips were marinated for a total of 16 hours in the soy sauce based marinade. This popular korean bbq recipe consists of soy sauce, sugar, rice wine, garlic, sesame seeds, and sesame seed oil. Most of these ingredients can be found in your local super market in the Asian food section.

Korean BBQ Beef Jerky Marinating

Korean BBQ Beef Jerky Marinated

It took a total of 4 hours at 165F to dry this to my liking. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator, but you can use a smoker or oven if you don’t have a dehydrator. You can see the Korean Recipe on the center rack in the picture below. I was making 3 different recipes…. I love trying different jerky!

Korean BBQ Beef Jerky in Dehydrator

This Korean BBQ Beef Jerky turned out awesome! It really tasted just like the Korean Pork dishes you get in restaurants. The soy sauce flavor was light and NOT overpowering like many other soy sauce based recipes. It was not too salty and the sesame oil flavor really stands out. I highly recommend trying this recipe.

Korean BBQ Beef Jerky Finished

For more in depth directions on how to dry your jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below. 

This Korean BBQ Beef Jerky tastes just like the popular tasty Korean pork dish | Jerkyholic
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Korean BBQ Beef Jerky

A very popular Korean dish you can find just about anywhere and tastes FANTASTIC is BBQ pork. This jerky recipe is a take of that dish and turned out tasting just as great!
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword korean bbq jerky
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 5
Calories 210 kcal
Author Will

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp sesame seeds divided
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 tsp curing salt optional

Instructions

  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag. Only use 1tsp of sesame seeds and keep the remaining to sprinkle on the strips after marinating.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky. (I did not freeze the jerky and used my Jerky Slicer with the grain)
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle strips with the remianing 1 1/2 tsp sesame seeds.
  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator and dried for 4 hours at 165F.
  7. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
Nutrition Facts
Korean BBQ Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving (70 g)
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 897mg 37%
Potassium 241mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 26g 52%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 14.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Dale's Steak Marinade Beef Jerky Finished

Dale’s Steak Seasoning Beef Jerky

My family has used Dale’s Steak Seasoning when marinating steaks for as long as I can remember. I am not sure why it took me this long to make some beef jerky with it…. So here is Dale’s Steak Seasoning Beef Jerky!!!

Dale's Steak Marinade Beef Jerky is salty and savory! A hard to beat jerky flavor straight from a bottle! | Jerkyholic.com

I always feel a little bit lazy when I make a jerky from an already made marinade, but this stuff is SOOOOO good! My father has marinated steaks with Dale’s the whole time I grew up and still uses it to this day. It’s mainly made from soy sauce, so it definitely starts with one of the most popular jerky ingredient.

Dale's Steak Marinade Beef Jerky Trimmed

I decided to use my favorite cut of meat, Beef Eye of Round, when making this batch. After trimming off a little fat, it was sliced in about 1″ slabs that would be fed through my Jerky Slicer.

Dale's Steak Marinade Beef Jerky Slicing

After feeding the meat slabs through my Westin Jerky Slicer, they were ready to be marinated. I don’t always use a jerky slicer, but I love the fact that all the strips are the same size and dry evenly in the dehydrator. If you are making a bunch of jerky, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Dale's Steak Marinade Beef Jerky Marinating

Only two ingredients went into this marinade, Dale’s Steak Seasoning and Hickory Liquid Smoke. I told you it was easy! I let this batch marinade for 18 hours in the fridge.

Dale's Steak Marinade Beef Jerky on Dehydrator

After straining and patting dry the strips with paper towels, they were arranged on my Nesco Dehydrator to be dried. It took 3 hours at 160F and 1 hour at 145F for these bad boys to be done.

Dale's Steak Marinade Beef Jerky Finished

They turned out great! Because of the soy sauce, these had a great saltiness taste to them. I am a big fan of salty jerky and this recipe fit the bill. If you are looking for a great tasting, quick, and easy recipe that you can’t screw up, this one is calling your name!

For more in depth directions on how to dry your turkey jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below. 

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Dale's Steak Marinade Beef Jerky is salty and savory! A hard to beat jerky flavor straight from a bottle! | Jerkyholic.com
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Dale's Steak Seasoning Beef Jerky

My family has used Dale's Steak Seasoning when marinating steaks for as long as I can remember. I am not sure why it took me this long to make some beef jerky with it.... So here is Dale's Steak Seasoning Beef Jerky!!!
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword Dales beef jerky
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 226 kcal
Author Will

Ingredients

Marinade

Instructions

  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky. (I did not freeze the jerky and used my Jerky Slicer with the grain)
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Nesco Dehydrator and dried for 3 hours at 160F and 1 hour at 145F.
  7. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
Nutrition Facts
Dale's Steak Seasoning Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 707mg 29%
Potassium 221mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 26g 52%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 12.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Dragon Fire Beef Jerky

A jerky made with Habanero Peppers is bound for greatness! The spicy kick of the peppers and the saltiness of the Sea Salt really makes this a top jerky recipe. It jumped up into my wife’s top 3 beef jerky recipes.

Habanero beef jerky in a paper bag with habaneros around bag

Using fresh Habaneros is what makes this recipe so good! They can easily be found at your local grocery store.

Dragon Flame Beef Jerky Blender

Smelling this marinade made me say “Oh Wow!” after blending these habanero peppers you see in the picture above. It was a STRONG smelling of fire, heat, and pain! Ha. I tasted the marinade and it instantly had me sweating from the heat. I knew this was going to be a good recipe!

Dragon Flame Beef Jerky Marinade

Beef Top Round was the cut I decided to use when putting this recipe together. A great cut of meat that has little marbling, which is great for jerky. I sliced the strips against the grain for a little less chewy jerky this time.

Dragon Flame Beef Jerky Marinated

The beef marinated for a total of 18 hours before I dried them in my Excalibur Dehydrator for a total of 3 hours at 165°F and 1 hour at 145°F. How did it turn out?! AWESOME!!! I was surprised that the jerky wasn’t as hot as the marinade smelled and tasted at first, but it is still HOT! If you like extremely hot jerky, add a third habanero to the marinade.

Dragon Breath Beef Jerky Complete

So make yourself a batch of Dragon Fire Jerky and enjoy the heat!

Cook’s Tips:

  • Use fresh habaneros for the best flavor, and cut the stem off each pepper
  • Use a blender to blend the peppers into the rest of the marinade for more spice
  • Use gloves when handling spicy peppers

For more in depth directions on how to dry your turkey jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below. 

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Dragon Fire Beef Jerky

A jerky made with Habanero Peppers is bound for greatness! The spicy kick of the peppers and the saltiness of the Sea Salt really makes this a top jerky recipe. It jumped up into my wife's top 3 beef jerky recipes.
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword beef jerky, Habaneros, Jerky
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 5
Calories 184 kcal
Author Will

Ingredients

Lean Meat

  • 1 lb Beef Top Round or Venison

Marinade

  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 whole habaneros 3 if extra hot is wanted
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 tsp curing salt optional

Instructions

  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a blender and blend until the peppers have been chopped into very small pieces. Place in a bowl or ziplock bag.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky.
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator and dried for 4 hours at 165F.
  7. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.

Recipe Notes

Cook's Tips:

  • Use fresh habaneros for the best flavor, and cut the stem off each pepper
  • Use a blender to blend the peppers into the rest of the marinade for more spice
  • Use gloves when handling spicy peppers
Nutrition Facts
Dragon Fire Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving (0.15 lb)
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 683mg 28%
Potassium 268mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 14.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Vinegar Horseradish Beef Jerky

I know what you are thinking; “Vinegar Horseradish Beef Jerky, what the hell?!” That’s what I was thinking when I made the recipe, but I just can’t help but trying new and crazy recipes. P.S. – It turned out great!

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I made this batch of jerky on the flavor recommendation from my wife. I try to probe her brain for crazy flavors to try when coming up with beef jerky recipes. I was hesitant, but this turned out really good!

Vinegar Horseradish Beef Jerky Dehydrator

A Beef Bottom Round Roast was used when making this batch. I sliced it at about 1/4″ with the grain for more of a chewier jerky. I am not sure why, but I feel like horseradish is a tough and robust flavor that needed to be paired with a tough jerky. My Excalibur Dehydrator dried this jerky to perfection in 4 hours.

I used prepared horseradish that I had hanging out in the fridge which gave this jerky a great flavor. I was surprised that it had more of a tangy flavor than a really potent horseradish flavor. My wife informed me that after heating and cooking the horseradish the taste becomes subtle and isn’t as sharp as when eaten raw.

The subtle horseradish flavor turned out to work great as jerky. It wasn’t spicy and would be a great jerky to take while hunting or hiking. I know this because that is exactly what I did! I took this jerky on an 8 day camping trip around the west. My wife and I left Colorado and went to Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Vegas, Zion NP, Arches NP, Bryce Canyon NP, & Canyon Lands NP. Well the jerky only made it to about the Hoover Dam… Ha.

Vinegar Horseradish Beef Jerky Camping

This picture was taken at one of my camp sites. You can see I have my stove out about to cook up a little soup for dinner. I love camping!

For more in depth directions on how to dry your beef jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below.

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Vinegar Horseradish Beef Jerky

I know what you are thinking; "Vinegar Horseradish Beef Jerky, what the hell?!" That's what I was thinking when I made the recipe, but I just can't help but trying new and crazy recipes. P.S. - It turned out great!
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword horseradish beef jerky
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 177 kcal
Author Will

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 3 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp curing salt optional

Instructions

  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag and mix well.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky.
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture in a ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used myExcalibur Dehydrator and dried for 4 hours at 165F.
  7. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
Nutrition Facts
Vinegar Horseradish Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Potassium 223mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin C 2.7%
Calcium 1%
Iron 12.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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