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Craig Smith's Beef Jerky

Courtesy of Craig Smith

Makes 40 to 50 Strips

Ingredients
(Craig says the yield is, “Never Serves Enough”) 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes or liquid smoke (optional)
1 pound well-trimmed beef flank steak from thickest end, frozen 1 hour

  • Combine the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, black pepper and red pepper flakes or liquid smoke, if using, in a zippered plastic bag.
  • Thinly slice flank steak with the grain; cut longer strips in half, if desired. Add meat to the soy sauce marinade. Mix well; seal bag and refrigerate 8 to 14 hours.
  • Thoroughly drain meat and discard marinade. Arrange meat strips in an electric dehydrator and dry at 145°F until strips will crack but not break when bent, about 10 hours.
  • Cool jerky to room temperature, then serve or pack into a tight container and store in the refrigerator.

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