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Vietnamese Beef Jerky

This Vietnamese style beef jerky has several great flavors that will have your taste buds saying WOW!

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My wife loves Vietnamese style  beef jerky and buys some every time we go to get some pho at our favorite local pho spot. The main ingredient that is undeniably present in this type of jerky is the turmeric powder. This is the dominant flavor which lets you know exactly what type of beef jerky you are eating.

She has been asking me to make a Vietnamese style beef jerky for some time now. So…… Since Happy Wife = Happy Life; I made some!

Bottom Round

I used a beef bottom round when making this jerky. It was sliced against the grain making large jerky pieces as most Vietnamese style beef jerky is. Some call these large pieces “elephant ear” beef jerky.

Garlic in Garlic Press

Another important flavor that is part of this jerky is the Lemon Grass and Garlic. I love using my Garlic Press shown in the picture above when adding real garlic to my recipes. Pressing the garlic really gives a strong flavor, more than if just finely chopped. You just can’t beat the flavor!

Vietnamese Drizzle OilWhen making Vietnamese style beef jerky, you do not have the traditional “wet” marinade that is seen in most of my recipes. The “dry rub” is made of spices and a little bit of oil to help bind these ingredients and allow it to stick to the meat.

Vietnamese Jerky in Bowl

Coat each piece with the dry rub and then place in a bowl, cover with saran wrap, and allow to “marinate” in the fridge for 6-24 hours.

Vietnamese Jerky on Baking Sheet

After marinating, place on a cooling rack and baking pan for the initial heat treatment and drying process. Bake in the oven with the door closed at 300°F for 10 minutes to bring the internal temperature of the jerky to 160°F.  After 10 minutes, lower the temperature to 170°F, prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon, and continue drying until finished.

I dried for 2 hours, flipped the pieces of jerky, and then finished it off for about another 2 hours. You can read more about making jerky in an oven here.

Vietnamese Jerky Finished

My wife helped me stage this beautiful picture. She insisted on having her little plant in the picture to give it that little extra. Note: that plant is NOT part of the ingredients!

I love this Vietnamese Beef Jerky! It starts with a hint of the lemon grass which gives it almost a Thai flavor. Towards the end you will get a spicy kick your butt flavor start to creep in. If you want to sweeten this jerky up (it is not sweet), you can add a little more sugar.

If you have never tried this type of jerky, I think that you will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of flavor it has!

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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Vietnamese Beef Jerky
 
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Ingredients
Lean Meat
Dry Rub
  • 3 tbsp minced lemongrass
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp five spice powder
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
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 all ingredients of the dry rub in a shallow bowl.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain in large pieces for an easy chew.
  4. Coat both sides of each piece of sliced beef with the dry rub mixture and place in a bowl. Marinate for 6-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and place the jerky pieces on a cooling rack atop a lined baking sheet.
  6. Heat in a pre-heated oven with the door closed at 300F for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, prop the door open with a wooden spoon and lower the temperature to 170F. Dry for about 4 hours, flipping the jerky pieces half way through the drying process.
  7. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.

 

7 comments

  1. Derek says:

    Hi Will,
    Thanks for posting all your information. I too love jerky and like to experiment. I live in Australia and the Vietnamese jerky I have tried is very soft and yet seems quite dry. My wife loves soft jerky and I wonder if you know how they get it so soft?
    keep up the good work.
    Regards
    Derek

    • Will
      Will says:

      Hey Derek! I am going to try making another Vietnamese jerky in the near future. My wife also loves it. I believe the really soft Vietnamese jerky is that way because they boil the meat first. I still need to try some experimenting, but as soon as I get the process down I’ll post it on the site!

  2. Jonathan says:

    Hey Will,

    Made a few of your jerky recipes and they have all been great. Was wondering if you have tried making a pho flavored beef jerky? I’ve been looking for a recipe for some time now and can’t seem to find one. I’ve had a few friends ask for it recently and thought I would try to make a batch once I find a good recipe. Thanks for posting such a great site devoted to jerky! Keep the recipes flowing!

    • Will
      Will says:

      I have not tried to make a pho flavored jerky. That would probably taste REALLY good though. I am not sure how I would go about it. It’s such a long process to get that flavor; it takes my wife and I 2 days to make pho. If you put together a good recipe or find one, let me know!

  3. Kristen says:

    Can this be preared in a dehydrator, too? I’m really new to making jerky. I’m using the Excalibur 3926T, if that matters.

  4. Crazy for Jerky says:

    Hey Will,
    Thanks for all the great info.
    Can this and other of your recipes be converted to be made with ground beef?

    • Will
      Will says:

      Yes! For this recipe I would just omit the oil if making for ground beef. Any recipe that does not have much liquid ingredients is good for ground beef. If a recipe calls for 1/2 cup of water or so, just omit it.

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