Homemade Sweet and Spicy Beef Jerky: A Savory Delight

Do you crave a snack that is both sweet and spicy? Look no further! Homemade Sweet and Spicy Beef Jerky is a tantalizing treat that you can easily make in the comfort of your own home, without the need for a dehydrator. This delightful recipe will take your taste buds on a flavor-packed journey.

As a beef jerky enthusiast, I have always been captivated by its savory goodness. Whether it was for long road trips or a quick snack, beef jerky was a constant companion during my childhood. My personal preference has always leaned towards the spicy variety, as I have an undeniable passion for all things fiery.

While beef jerky has a special place in my heart, I seldom purchase it. Firstly, those tiny bags come at a hefty price. Secondly, I used to enjoy the jerky available in gas station bins during road trips, but my partner Ryan planted a seed of doubt in my mind by remarking, “Ewww, people grab that stuff with dirty hands!” From that moment on, every time I reached for a store-bought jerky, an unappetizing image would take hold of my imagination.

Faced with this conundrum, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my very own Sweet and Spicy Beef Jerky.

Beef Jerky: No Dehydrator Required

Contrary to popular belief, a dehydrator is not a prerequisite for making beef jerky. Believe it or not, your trusty oven can do the job just as well. With a few baking sheets, aluminum foil, cooling racks, and a wooden spoon to prop the oven door open, you’re all set.

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Choosing the right cut of beef was another hurdle to overcome. For this recipe, I found that london broil fit the bill perfectly. It’s an affordable option that goes a long way, especially when sliced thin. I also experimented with flat iron steak, which worked well, albeit offering a slightly chewier texture.

To achieve the desired thinness for the jerky, I discovered a trick that worked wonders. Freezing the beef beforehand, similar to preparing beef stir fry, allows for effortlessly thin slices. For this Sweet and Spicy Beef Jerky, I cut the beef to approximately 1/8 of an inch, resulting in an ideal thickness. If you prefer a chewier jerky, slicing it a little thicker would be more suitable.

The Marinade: A Symphony of Flavors

No great beef jerky is complete without a flavorsome marinade. For this Sweet and Spicy Beef Jerky, I marinate the beef in a delightful blend of soy sauce, brown sugar, and chili garlic sauce. Allowing the meat to marinate overnight ensures that the flavors penetrate every fiber, resulting in a truly remarkable taste experience.

Finally, the cooking process. Making your own beef jerky demands a bit of patience. I typically cook it for 3 to 4 hours at 170 degrees. After the cooking is complete, I let it cool on the counter for a couple more hours before storing it in an airtight container.

Believe me when I say that the effort is entirely worthwhile.

This Spicy Beef Jerky has become a household favorite during snack time. I often catch Preston, my trusted companion, sneaking into the container for a quick indulgence. It’s a miracle that I was even able to capture these photos!

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Note: Originally posted in 2017. Updated with a new video in 2019.

Sweet n' Spicy Beef Jerky

So why wait? Treat yourself to the delectable experience of Homemade Sweet and Spicy Beef Jerky. Indulge in the perfect balance of sweetness and heat, savoring each bite as the flavors dance on your palate. Happy jerky-making!

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