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Homemade Beef Jerky (chips) Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Arla & Fred Hummel

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
• 6 lbs. Lean Chuck Roast or similar cut of lean beef
• 2 qts. water in brine pot (that can be refrigerated)
• 1 cup curing salt (non-iodized, Kosher)
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 tsp black pepper
• ¼ tsp minced garlic
• Small wood or electric Smoker (see note)

Directions:
Directions:
Prepare meat: Cut roast in half (long grain), then quarter (once again, long grain). Remove all fat, tendons and/or silver muscle sheaths. Prepare brine: Combine all remaining ingredients and add to water. Stir with wooden spoon until dissolved. Submerse meat and soak in brine for 3 days (refrigerated). After 3 days, remove meat from brine. Rinse under cold water and place on paper towels and damp dry. Prepare smoker. Smoke and dry jerky for at approx 120°-140°F for approximately 12 hours. Dose wood chip pan with hickory chips every 3 or 4 hours. Remove jerky when pieces are slightly firm, yet still pliable (not too hard or dried out). Allow to cool and wrap each piece of Jerky, individually, in aluminum foil. Refrigerate if you wish (no need). To test or serve, thinly slice jerky cross grain, in the form of “pliable chips”. Slices should have an iridescent color. Enjoy with a glass of your favorite cold beer. Jerky will keep for at least 4 weeks, more if refrigerated.
Note: Although, in my opinion not as good, you can eliminate “smoking” process by adding ½ to ¾ tsp. of “ Liquid Smoke” to the brine solution. Dry the jerky by placing pieces on your oven racks, with temperature set at the absolute lowest operating temp and with the door open or partially so, to insure a low drying temperature (approx 130°F). Be careful not to get too hot and “cook” the meat.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Good to make Venison Jerky as well…
Serves 1... more if your willing to share ;)

 

 

 

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