Making your own beef jerky is a great way to control the ingredients and the quality of the meat. Plus, it’s easy to do at home with just a few simple ingredients. This recipe for teriyaki beef jerky is perfect for those who like their jerky on the sweeter side.
Making Teriyaki Beef Jerky
Making your own beef jerky is a great way to enjoy a healthy, high-protein snack that is free of preservatives and other additives. The key to making delicious beef jerky is to choose the right cuts of meat and to marinate them in a flavorful blend of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and brown sugar or honey.
- 1 pound flank steak
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- Trim any fat off the steak and slice it into thin strips against the grain. If you have a very sharp knife, you can do this yourself. Otherwise, you can ask your butcher to do it for you.
- In a large resealable bag, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper (if using). Add the beef strips to the bag and seal it tightly. Use your hands to massage the marinade into the beef.
- Marinate the beef for at least 4 hours, or overnight if possible.
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and set a wire rack on top of it.
- Place the beef strips on the wire rack, making sure that they are not touching each other. Bake for 3-4 hours, or until the beef is dry and slightly charred around the edges. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Properly Storing Teriyaki Beef Jerky
Beef jerky can last for up to two weeks when stored in an airtight container at room temperature; however, if you live in a hot climate or do not have a cool and dry place to store your beef jerky, it is best to keep it refrigerated where it will last for one month. You can also freeze beef jerky, which will allow you to enjoy it for up to six months. When storing teriyaki beef jerky, be sure to keep it in a cool, dark place away from any heat sources.
Properly stored, teriyaki beef jerky will last for:
- 3-4 days in the pantry
- 1 week in the fridge
- 6 months in the freezer
Tips for Storing Teriyaki Beef Jerky
- If you want a more traditional flavor, omit the brown sugar and substitute honey for a sweeter taste.
- For a spicier jerky, add an extra teaspoon or two of cayenne pepper to the marinade.
- To make sure that your beef jerky is properly cooked, use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the meat strips is at least 160 degrees F before removing them from the oven.
- Try using other cuts of beef such as sirloin or round steak for your beef jerky. Just be sure to trim away any excess fat before slicing the meat into strips.