DIY Survival Rations Part 2 – Beef Jerky

I have experimented with several beef jerky recipes over the years and I like the flavors in this one the best. This one comes from Alton Brown’s Show Good Eats. I use a commercial dehydrator but he construct’s his own from a box fan and some paper filters. Directions are included in the recipe. The recipe says it keeps for 2 to 3 months but it never lasts that long in my house.

Beef Jerky

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown


Total Time: 20 hours 20 min

Prep: 20 mins

Inactive: 8 hours

Cook: 12 hours

Yield: 10 to 12 ounces

Level: Advanced

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds flank steak
  • 2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Special Equipment: 1 box fan, 4 paper air-conditioning filters, and 2 bungee cords

Trim the flank steak of any excess fat, place in a zip-top bag, and place it in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours in order to firm up.

Remove the steak from the freezer and thinly slice the meat with the grain, into long strips.

Place the strips of meat along with all of the remaining ingredients into a large, 1-gallon plastic zip-top bag and move around to evenly distribute all of the ingredients. Place the bag into the refrigerator for 3 to 6 hours.

Remove the meat from the brine and pat dry. Evenly distribute the strips of meat onto 3 of the air filters, laying them in the grooves and then stacking the filters on top of one another. Top these with 1 empty filter. Next, lay the box fan on its side and lay the filters on top of it. Strap the filters to the fan with 2 bungee cords. Stand the fan upright, plug-in and set to medium. Allow the meat dry for 8 to 12 hours. If using a commercial dehydrator, follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Once dry, store in a cool dry place, in an airtight container for 2 to 3 months.

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2005

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