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Beef Jerky in the Prepper's Pantry
Cooking with beef jerky

Dehydration is the healthiest, easiest, and most economical way to preserve foods,
and you can go beyond dehydrating fruits and vegetables, you can flavor and
dehydrate your own meats! Learn to make your own beef jerky.

Best Beef Jerky Recipes
If you have a good piece of flank steak, skirt steak, or beef top round, and are
patient you can enjoy home made beef jerky. Here are the top ten best beef jerky
recipes to try...

#1: Food Network's Recipe by Alton Brown.
With more than 179 5-star reviews, Food Network's recipe for beef jerky, courtesy
of Alton Brown, gets the top honors for beef jerky recipes. This jerky recipe gas all
the modern flavors melded into one terrific recipe. You'll need liquid smoke,
Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce, but also honey, onion powder and pepper
flakes. Did we mention a box fan and bungee cords? No worries, it's all very doable
and delicious.

#2: BBQwithFranklin.
Self-proclaimed barbecue nerd, Aaron Franklin (KLRU-TV, Austin PBS), shows you the
ins and outs of barbecue in an 11-part series. Learn how to modify an off-the-rack
smoker for optimal success. Find out why the type of wood you choose is important
and how to build a fire. Discover the correct temperature for smoking meats and
why the way you slice a finished brisket is so important. All this and how to make
beef jerky the way the pioneers did. Well almost the way they did, he uses an
Excalibur, pictured left. The recipe isn't seasoned with Worcestershire sauce  or
Teriyaki sauce as many recipes are because as Aaron says, that in the chuck wagon
days they didn't have such seasonings, so this recipe calls for good old salt and

Chef John of shares a homemade beef jerky recipe. His version of
this tasty high-protein snack uses thinly sliced top round, which he explains in his

#4: Doc's Best Beef Jerky Recipe.
More than 200 have made doc's best beef jerky, which gets a 4.5-star review at Concocted by trial and error, this recipe shares an important secret
making the best beef jerky: "Place meat in the freezer for 30 minutes before
cutting. Slightly frozen meat will be easier to cut into thin, consistent slices," say the
editors of

#5: "Four Hour Chef" Beef Jerky.
The Web site is "man enough" to admit that this best beef jerky
recipe is an excerpt from Tim Ferriss‘ new book, The Four Hour Chef.

#6: Will's Kentucky Bourbon Beef Jerky.
The secret sauce of bourbon makes this beef jerky something special. For those
mixed up about the difference between bourbon and whisky, know this: whiskey
made in Scotland is called "Scotch" (made of malted barley) and whisky made in the
United States, primarily Kentucky, is called bourbon and made from distilled corn.
Now that you know the difference between the two, you're ready to try the
difference of using bourbon in your beef jerky marinade. This one has circled around
a few times on Pinterest. Here is
Will's highly popular Kentucky Bourbon beef jerky
recipe. In case you're wondering, he lives in Texas, not Kentucky.

#7: Spicy Beef Jerky.
This popular "clean eating" recipe for beef jerky actually has nine ingredients. Raw
honey makes this beef jerky recipe extra delicious. Along with the traditional soy
sauce and Worcestershire sauce, the recipe calls for the addition of onion powder
and garlic powder. The spicy finish is red pepper flakes and smoked paprika. We're
not sure the ingredient list qualifies for clean eating, but one thing's for sure:
someone will lick their fingers clean in eating this tangy yet spicy treat found on

#8: Homesick Texan Jerky.
Another widely popular beef jerky recipe found on comes from none
other than a "homesick Texan." With a name like that, you've got to try this simple
recipe that uses ground chipotle chile pepper, chili powder and garlic to season.
You'll feel home on the range with
Homesick Texan Jerky.

#9: Chef Emeril Lagasse Jerky.
In an episode of "cowboy cooking" Chef Emeril Lagasse shares his beef jerky recipe.
It gets a solid five stars from 16 reviewers. For this recipe you'll need buffalo sirloin,
trimmed of fat and sinew. This recipe would have been higher on the list had it
featured beef. If buffalo isn't available, why not try this recipe which also features
the special touch of three cloves are garlic that have been "peeled and smashed."

#10: Fresh Honey Jerky.
Last, but not least is the fresh honey jerky recipe from Reviewers give it
almost unanimously five-stars as it is light in seasoning and yet sweet, so you can
taste the meat. Here is the
Fresh Honey Jerky recipe from Dutch Chris. And that's all
there is honey.

Want more great beef jerky recipes?
Men's Journal author Adam Baer has a collection of ten great beef jerky recipes to
try including a Bison Jerky recipe from Kachina Southwestern Grill in Westminster,

Best Dehydrators for Beef Jerky:

  • Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator:  Beloved by preppers, the Excalibur is
    the top of the line food dehydrator because it is sturdy, reliable and a trusted
    self-reliant tool. The 9-Tray Excalibur dehydrator, pictured in black at the top
    of the page, has 15 square feet of drying space, a built-in on/off switch, and
    adjustable thermostat with 26 hour timer. Great for large families, gardeners,
    and sportsmen.  Load the trays and set the temperature, the Excalibur dries
    the contents of all trays evenly so everything's done at once. Dehydration
    concentrates the natural flavor, sweetness, and aromas of your food. Leaving
    you with a flavor that's far healthier than high-fat snacks and high-sugar
    candies that are filled with chemical preservatives.

  • Nesco American Harvest Dehydrator. The Nesco American Harvest FD-
    61WHC Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator All-In-One Kit with Jerky Gun
    easily dries fruit, vegetables and jerky quickly and evenly. It has nearly 1000
    reviews from a trusted source that give it a 4.7 star rating. This dehydrator
    dries in hours, not days. It has 500 watts of drying power, and generates
    maximum speed and quality for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, beef jerky,
    and venison jerky with no need to rotate trays.

Beef Jerky Cookbooks

  • The Great American Jerky Cookbook. Easy-to-follow instructions for making
    your own jerky at home, this cookbook features 52 mouthwatering recipes for
    jerky marinades and simple seasonings. Available for free on Kindle Unlimited
    as of this writing, the guide covers equipment you may need, including how to
    use your home oven for jerky making. It also covers the best types of meats
    to use and which to avoid. You will learn how to prepare and cut the meat for
    the most tender jerky, how to use marinades, how to dry the meat, how to
    test jerky to make sure it is done, and how to store it. The marinade recipes
    include: Good Ol’ Fashion Jerky Teriyaki Jerky Pepper Hot Jerky Cowboy Jerky
    Barbecue Jerky Sweet and Sour Jerky Hawaiian Jerky Alabama Honey Jerky
    and many more.

Cooking with Beef Jerky
Preppers make their own beef jerky or stash it in their preps, but few have thought
of cooking with it. Rest assured you can make soups, stews, and breakfast dishes.
Get cooking with beef jerky and check out these recipes.

Beef jerky for breakfast.

  • Steak and eggs. Instead of the usual bacon and eggs, try prepper steak and
    eggs! Add beef jerky "steak pieces" to your freeze dried egg dishes.

  • Beef jerky and pancakes. Why not serve beef jerky as a side to your
    pancakes? The maple syrup will find a new friend in beef jerky. Look for
    Augason Farms Pancakes in buckets for long term food storage.

Beef jerky lunch and dinner.

  • Beef jerky and rice. Make a stir fry to create an Asian inspired meal by
    crumbling beef jerky atop of rice with stir fried vegetables.

  • Beef jerky pasta. Try beef jerky as an ingredient in your favorite beef
    stroganoff recipe. Dried mushrooms are easy to store in your pantry as is
    canned tomatoes. You will also find sour cream powder in the freeze dried

  • Macaroni salad or potato salad with beef jerky. If your mac salad recipe
    calls for bacon, add beef jerky crumbles instead for a surprising kick of flavor.
    Beef jerky also has a tasty friend in potato salad.

  • Chili or Baked beans with beef jerky. As a substitution for bacon, add beef
    jerky in your baked beans or chili for a smoky flavor.

Happy endings...
Beef jerky is an overlooked prepper food in many regards and yet it is a classic
preservation method for highly nutritious food. Start making your own beef jerky.
If you're not into making your own beef jerky, there are plenty on the market to buy.

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