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Paleo Spicy Beef Jerky

paleo spicy beef jerkyHectic Hectic Hectic.  That is how I would describe these last few days.  Even with everything being hectic I had recorded the first episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley and I had a chance to watch it last night.  I work in IT, more specifically Computer Software design and architecture etc so its pretty safe to say I was looking forward to this show.  I absolutely loved it.  It reminded me alot of Office Space meets The IT Crowd.  It was a good show and I found myself messaging 1 liners back and forth with a friend of mine.  So needless to say I hope it continues and doesn’t get cancelled.  It’s good to see a comedy every once and a while on a pay channel that doesn’t have nudity etc all over the place.

So today’s recipe is one of my favorites.  I started making Jerky over a year ago and I have made all kinds of Jerky.  Before I decided to venture on this Paleo journey all the jerky I made was not Paleo compliant simply because it contains a form of gluten or soy.  So it took a while to try to come up with an alternative and I will post a series of different recipes but I will start with a bit of a spicy one.

In general there are different types of jerky you can make one is made from a ground beef/bison or you can get a flank steak or similar and cut that in to strips.  I have made both types but personally I have gravitated towards the ground beef simply because of price and it gets a texture like a slim jim.  Here is a video of me putting some jerky on to my dehydrator.

This is really just a jerky gun and I load my jerky in to it and shoot it out.

On to the recipe.

Paleo Spicy Beef Jerky

Ingredients

  • 3 lb Flank Steak or Ground Beef, as lean as possible (fat turns tough when dehydrated)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 cup Coconut Aminos
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Powder

Instructions

    If you are using ground beef
  1. Take all ingredients except for the meet and blend it all together
  2. Mix ground beef with marinade
  3. Let it sit for about 2 hour in the fridge (no more than 24 hours)
  4. Load in to Jerky Gun and and put it in dehydrator.
  5. If using flank steak
  6. Partially freeze meat for 2-4 hours, until mostly solid.
  7. Slice meat into thin strips. (try to make sure they are all about the same size)
  8. Create the marinade in a large ziplock bag
  9. Toss meat in to marinade
  10. Let it sit for atleast 2 hours in the fridge (no more than 24 hours)
  11. Place strips on to your dehydrator
  12. Sprinkle with a little Salt & Pepper (I also add a bit of red chili if i want it spicier)
  13. If you are using an oven
  14. You can dehydrate by setting your oven to lowest temp possible most can get to 160 or 170
  15. Add the steak strips or jerk gun strips on to oven sheet
  16. Cook for about 3.5 - 4 hours be sure to not over cook
  17. How to tell if its done
  18. Take out a strip let it cook for a min, try to bend it. if it snaps its over cooked if it slowly peels apart when you bend it.. its perfect.
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