Jerky Beef is the most famous, widely eaten, much loved snack food of the western world. Jerky, which is fat-trimmed, dried, salted lean meat cut into strips, was once eaten by hunter-gatherers and pirates. Today, this beef side-dish is the darling of not only the snack world but also the gourmet food world.
Once sold as a staple across convenience stores, gas stations, variety shop and supermarkets has now made it to the pages of national magazines, is the star on gourmet food shows and is a very popular ingredient at urban farmer's markets. Let's learn to make this traditional smoked beef recipe.
Making Jerky Beef is easy enough. Take tender beef and thinly slice them into 2-inch strips before washing the meat and drying it well. The meat should be completely dry for the next part of the jerky making process. Next, pull or jerk the pieces so they stretch well. Then, marinate these strips with salt, vinegar, turmeric powder and chilli powder for about three hours for the spices to really seep into the meat. Jerky beef is almost ready!
Lastly, shallow fry the marinated pieces on medium heat till they turn crispy and brown. Put your own spin on the Jerky Beef and serve them hot as an evening snack with coffee or tea!