Not Just for Space and Survivalists: Beef Jerky Recipes That Rock

Beef jerky is like pizza. You can eat it day or night (hot or cold) and it’s always tasty and delicious. Jerky is served in a number of ways, and the versatile food is not for space exploration and survivalist expedition alone. Consider a few unique jerky recipes that are sure to rock your palate.

Jerky Tacos

Cut beef jerky in strips to resemble chicken pieces and combine with green peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes, lettuce, and sour cream in a soft or hard tortilla for delicious jerky tacos. Add hot sauce to spice things up or dip the tacos in soy sauce for a milder taste.

Jerky Pasta

Cut the jerky in to fine pieces (like a parmesan cheese topping) and add on top of your favorite pastas. Put jerky on linguine, spaghetti and meatballs, or include it in your lasagna recipe. Jerky, mostly a protein, goes well with carb-packed pastas.

Turkey Jerky

Gather Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, liquid smoke, BBQ sauce, and onion powder, and combine with one pound of turkey breast tenders. Place the strips on a sheet pan and douse in jerky marinade. Let the strips sit for 8-12 hours and place in the oven at 200 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Kachina Bison Jerky

Get two pounds of thin sliced (1/8 inch) top round, chopped garlic, honey, crushed red pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke. Place the ingredients in a zip lock container for one day. Rinse the meat and place in the oven at about 175 degrees. Let the meat dry and store in an airtight container. You’ll be left with half the amount you started with due to the drying process associated with this recipe.

African Jerky

You’ll need a load of black pepper and 5 pounds of beef (1/8”) slices to make African jerky. Additionally, gather soy sauce, carrots, celery, fresh ginger, and garlic cloves. Add brown sugar, black pepper corns, onion powder, cumin, and crushed red pepper. Mix the wet and dry ingredients and refrigerate overnight. Cook at 150 degrees for six hours or until jerky is to your liking.

Harissa Jerky

Gather 2.5 pounds of beef, kosher salt, brown sugar, smoked paprika, caraway and coriander seeds, cumin, and garlic powder. Place the beef in the freezer for two hours while lightly toasting the seeds. Let the beef sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Set the oven to 225 degrees and prop the oven door open slightly (with a wine cork) to allow a bit of moisture to escape. Let the jerky dry for four hours until it is firm yet pliable.

Traditional Jerky

Buy six pounds of London broil (3/16”), A-1 steak sauce, soy sauce, pineapple juice, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses. Blend the ingredients and marinade for eight days. Lie on smoker racks and add a finishing sauce. Repeatedly apply the finishing sauce while smoking. Are you novice meat smoker? Learn how online.

Health Concerns

A number of delicious recipes and jerky-fueled delectable treats await you, yet be aware of several health issues. As with sauces like soy, jerky contains a lot of sodium. One serving of jerky contains 626 milligrams of sodium. The normal suggested intake is 1,500 milligrams!

Additionally, jerky contains high levels of saturated fat. Saturated fats raise the risk of attracting heart disease. Levels of LDL, a kind of cholesterol, rise with the ingestion of jerky, which leads to weight gain.

Health Benefits

Beef jerky does contain high levels of zinc, which is a health benefit. Zinc facilitates the reproduction of cells and promotes a healthy immune system. Additionally, one once of beef jerky contains over 9 grams of protein, energizing the body and readying you for work, play, and the day ahead.

Research from the University of Florida recommends beef jerky as a low-carb snack for those with diabetes. Jerky’s carbohydrate count is below 5 grams.

Great in Moderation

Dark chocolate promotes good health. Moderation is key. Eating chocolate all day serves as a health concern, yet mild doses in moderation promotes blood circulation and heart health. And, it tastes great too. Beef jerky is similar. Eaten in moderation, beef jerky is an incredibly tasty snack that provides zinc and protein. Yet, eating jerky for lunch and dinner without including vegetables, fish, and other healthy foods is not a great idea.

Jerky works well with scrambled eggs, vegetables in a sandwich, and on top of your favorite pastas. It also tastes great as an occasional snack. Stock up and get cooking with the above ideas and recipes.

David started JerkySpot because of his love for discovering new jerky. There are so many great Jerky makers out there and he believe’s he is not alone in wanting to discover them. When he isn’t working on JerkySpot David consults other Ecommerce startups on how to succeed in a competitive online world.


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