Looking for a rough and tough beef jerky made for a REAL man? You just found it. Bourbon + Beef Jerky = A Super Manly Beef Snack!
When I think of Beef Jerky, I think of a meat snack that is made for the rough and tough man. I eat most of my jerky while working on a drilling rig in South Texas. It just feels right tearing into a dried tough piece of meat in order to give you enough protein to make it through the day.
I don’t know about you, but what is more manly than making your beef jerky with bourbon? Nothing, that is the obvious answer to this question.
This recipe has a little bit of everything to make a sweet and strong tasting jerky. Go ahead and bust out the blender to really get the brown sugar and molasses mixed well.
I used beef top round cut with the grain and tenderized with a meat mallet for this recipe. It’s a manly jerky, you have to go with the grain to make it tough!
Make sure to drain the meat after marinating it for 6-24hrs. Do not pat these dry with a paper towel as you might see in other recipes. Let them drip dry and dehydrate them however you want. I used my dehydrator for this recipe, but check out the page on jerky making and pick your favorite method.
If you like bourbon and meat, you will LOVE this Kentucky Bourbon Beef Jerky!
So grab your favorite bottle of bourbon and get to work.
Kentucky Bourbon Beef Jerky
- 1 lb Beef Top Round or Venison
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 2 tsp liquid smoke hickory
- 1/4 tsp Prague Powder #1 curing salt
- 1 tsp molasses
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cracked black pepper
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 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 the bourbon, liquid smoke, Prague Powder #1, molasses, brown sugar, black pepper, soy sauce, & worcestershire sauce in a blender. Mix well.
- Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips with the grain and tenderize with a meat mallet. Cut against the grain for an easier chew. Or skip the freezing phase and use a Jerky Slicer for evenly sliced strips.
- Add sliced beef to the mixture and marinate for 6-24 hours in the refrigerator.
- After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade.
- The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
For more in depth directions on how to dry your beef jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods.
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