You’ve got a dinner party coming up and you need a break from traditional hors d’oeuvres. You want something that will knock peoples socks off!
Beef Jerky is probably not something that makes the list of “common” hors d’oeuvres we know. If you’re thinking ” I can’t believe these rednecks are suggesting this”…. stop and think for a second… if you were going to serve chocolate chip cookies, you probably wouldn’t get “Chips Ahoy”, would you? You would bake up a fresh batch of cookies. Serving them while they’re still warm, taking everyone down memory lane. Why should beef jerky be any different? And it’s easier to make than chocolate chip cookies… Win/Win.
Next, get the meat cold. Slightly frozen is perfect, but not so frozen you can’t cut it. Slice the meat, across the grain, into approximately 1/4” thick slices.
Using a Lucky Beef Jerky DIY Cure and Seasoning kit, mix one packet of seasoning and one packet of cure with a cup of cold water and stir until the kit is thoroughly dissolved into the mixture – (add additional seasoning: liquid smoke, etc, if one wishes).
Mix the meat with the marinade and put it in a large Ziploc bag and let it set for 24 – 36 hours.
Once the meat has had a chance to marinade, lay it out on a drip rack on a cookie sheet so that no two pieces are touching. Now you’re ready to cook.
Set your conventional oven to 185°F (or it’s lowest setting above165°F) leaving the top of the door cracked to promote convection, allow the meat to cook until its internal temperature reaches 165°F.
The great part about this jerky is that it can sit in the oven at the low temperature until you’re ready to serve, which gives the host or hostess the opportunity to have some flexibility of schedule. The results will amaze. Better than any store bought jerky you have ever tried!
Nebraska Star® Beef offers 4 different flavors of DIY Seasoning kits: Original, Peppered, Red Pepper and Teriyaki.
All flavors are designed to be great as stand alone products. Use them as bases add additional seasoning and to suite individual taste. Each package contains 4 packets of cure and 4 packets of seasoning which are all pre – measured for 5 pound batches of jerky. (5 pounds of raw jerky will turn into 2 – 2.5 pounds of finished jerky. Serving size – 2 ounces of finished product)