I just made another batch of ground beef jerky in my L'Equip dehydrator and think I've hit on a really good seasoning recipe. It's been a little bit of trial and error, but this last batch is really pretty good and gets a huge thumbs up from Jack - my trusted food taster.
Lots of people closely guard their jerky recipes, but I'm more than happy to share this one with anyone who wants to try it - it has a deep smokey flavor that Jack and I love. I used 4lbs of lean ground (93/7) beef and added the following ingredients:
- 2/3 cup of Worcester sauce
- 2/3 cup of soy sauce
- 2 tsp of ground black pepper
- 2 tsp of garlic powder
- 2 tsp of onion powder
- 2 tsp of Liquid Smoke
- 4 tsp of curing salt (optional)
I mixed all of the seasoning ingredients together in a measuring bowl and let them sit for a few minutes while I put the 4lbs of ground beef into a large glass mixing bowl and started to break it up. I added half of the seasonings to the meat and mixed it well, then added the remaining seasonings and mixed the meat again. Then I filled my jerky gun with the ground beef mixture and extruded it onto the fine mesh sheets that came with my dehydrator.
Four pounds of ground beef will usually fill all six trays of my dehydrator and yield just over a single pound of dried jerky, or close to 40 full length strips. Feel free to try this recipe and tweak as you see fit. let me know if it works for you or if you have other suggestions for jerky seasonings.
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