Friday, January 10, 2014

Smoked Hamburger Jerky

This was my first attempt at making jerky. So far it has been the only attempt. I would love to make more, it just seems I don't think of it at the right time. Not a lot of hands-on time but a lot of overall time is involved. The hamburger jerky was ok but think I would prefer round steak or venison next time. I found this recipe in the book Dehydrated and Delicious. So many recipes in this book I would love to try! Need to get busy with it! For now, back to the one I have tried:

1/2 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp allspice
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp liquid smoke
2 lbs hamburger, leanest possible

Mix all ingredients except hamburger in a large bowl.
Add the hamburger and knead thoroughly.
Cover tightly and let marinate in fridge for six to 12 hours. Pat hamburger into approx 1/4 lb patties and press between two sheets of wax paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out the hamburger to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into strips about one inch wide using a sharp knife.
Place in dehydrator until dry. While meat is drying, blot excess oil with paper towel. This takes anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. Once dried store in cool, dark place. Enjoy!


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