The Ultimate Guide to Making Paleo Beef Jerky

Do you ever find yourself craving a delicious and healthy snack that is also Whole30 compliant? Look no further! In this article, we will teach you how to make homemade paleo beef jerky that is not only tasty but also easy to prepare. Say goodbye to store-bought jerky because once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back!

The Best Meat for Beef Jerky

When it comes to making beef jerky, choosing the right cut of meat is crucial. After experimenting with various cuts, we have found that london broil works best. Its thickness allows for optimal dehydration without compromising texture. You won’t feel like you’re chewing on a shoe when you take a bite!

Mastering the Art of Cutting

Cutting the meat correctly is just as important as choosing the right cut. Follow these steps for a perfect jerky-making process:

  1. Apply pressure to the meat with one hand, ensuring it is firmly pressed.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut the london broil into thin strips. The thinner, the better!
  3. Press the meat strips to check if there are indentations. If not, apply more pressure.

Beef Jerky Cutting

Creating the Perfect Marinade

Next, let’s dive into the marinade. In a large measuring cup or mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients except the meat. We keep this marinade paleo-friendly by using pineapple juice as a sweetener and coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. It’s a winning combination that adds incredible flavor to the jerky.

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Beef Jerky Marinade

Marinating for Maximum Flavor

To ensure every bite of jerky is bursting with flavor, proper marinating techniques are essential. Arrange the jerky slices in a flat pan or dish, twisting and layering them to maximize surface area exposure. This allows the marinade to seep into every nook and cranny.

Marinating Beef Jerky

How Long to Marinate?

The marinating process is crucial for infusing the meat with flavors. We recommend marinating the beef jerky for around 48 hours. However, you can marinate it for as little as 24 hours or as long as 72 hours, depending on your preference. The longer it marinates, the more intense the flavor.

Dehydrating Like a Pro

While a dehydrator such as the Excalibur 5 Tray Dehydrator is ideal for the jerky-making process, you can also use a regular oven. If you’re a fan of dehydrating, investing in a high-quality dehydrator like the Excalibur brand is worth it. This versatile tool can also be used to dehydrate fruits and veggies for healthy snacks on-the-go.

For dehydrating, lay the marinated beef jerky slices in a single layer on the dehydrator trays.

Perfecting Dehydration

Set the dehydrator to the jerky setting at 150°F and let it work its magic. The drying time can vary depending on ambient temperature and humidity. We usually dehydrate our jerky for about 8 hours, but we recommend checking it around the 5-6 hour mark. Stop when the meat reaches your desired consistency and moisture level.

Oven-Baked Option

If you prefer using an oven, follow the same steps as above. Place the jerky on an oven-safe baking rack with a baking tray underneath to catch any drips. Set your oven to the lowest temperature possible, ideally the “keep warm” setting at around 170°F. Cooking times may vary, so monitor the jerky’s consistency throughout the process.

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Avoid Over-Dehydration

Be careful not to over-dehydrate your beef jerky. You want it to have a bit of tenderness while still being dry enough to store at room temperature without any issues. If it becomes too tough to chew, you’ve gone too far. Finding the perfect balance is key.

Storing Homemade Beef Jerky

In our house, homemade beef jerky doesn’t last very long due to its deliciousness. However, if you manage to save some, you can store it in a sealed container at room temperature for about a week. To absorb any excess moisture, add a folded paper towel to the container. Alternatively, you can keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Recipe Notes

  • This paleo beef jerky recipe has no added sugar and no soy, making it perfect for those following a Whole30 diet.
  • While a dehydrator is recommended, you can also make this jerky in the oven.
  • London broil is the ideal cut for making the best jerky meat.
  • Marinating time can range from 24 to 96 hours, depending on personal preference.
  • Drying times may vary based on temperature and humidity.
  • Experiment with different flavors and spices to create your own signature jerky!
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Now that you have mastered the art of making paleo beef jerky, it’s time to enjoy your savory and wholesome snack. Give it a try and let us know how it turns out! For more information and cooking tips, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.

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