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Beef Jerky

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chuck roast
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra-spicy seasoning (Mrs. Dash)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. Partially freeze roast for 2 hours.
  2. Slice roast across the grain, removing excess fat. Cut into 3/16- to 1/4-inch strips.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in a shallow glass container or heavy-duty resealable bag; add beef. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Place meat in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet (slices can be placed close together).
  5. Bake at 140 degrees F to 160 degrees F (or the lowest temperature on your oven) for 8 to 10 hours, occasionally blotting beef with paper towels. Test jerky for dryness (or doneness) by cooling a piece. When cool, it should crack when bent but not break and there should be no moist spots.
  6. Cool; cut the jerky into 2- to 4-inch pieces with scissors.
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.

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