fr33manator LSU Fan Baton Rouge Member since Oct 2010 64435 posts
Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydratingPosted by fr33manator on 12/5/12 at 7:39 am
You need a square box fan, 3-4 20x20x1 AC filters (the ones with ridges), cheese cloth, and some bungee straps.
I use flank steak because I've found it to be the best cut to use for this process.
I cut my steak into long, ~1/2"x1/2" strips, then marinate in a mix of dales, worchestershire sauce, soy sauce, liquid smoke and whatever else I want to flavor the jerky with. I usually marinate it 1-2 days. Then, you lay the box fan on it's side and lay an AC filter on the front, then lay a layer of cheesecloth down, and lay your meat strips in the grooves. You can do every groove, but I usually do every other one.
Place another layer of cheesecloth on top and lay down your next filter on top of the first one, the put another layer of cheesecloth on top of it. Continue the same steps with your meat in the grooves, lay another layer of cheesecloth down, then put an AC filter on top.
Bungee cord it to the fan, turn the fan on high, and come back 24 hours later.
BugAC LSU Fan Baton Rouge Member since Oct 2007 25994 posts
re: Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydratingPosted by BugAC on 12/5/12 at 9:05 am to TigerWise
I've been having a food dehydrater since i was 15 (got it for a birthday present, that's how much i like jerky). It's a Nesco, and 15 years later, it still works perfect. I still use, basically the same recipe i used then.
Worcestershire Soy Sauce Water Little bit of Teriyaki marinade Crystal Hot Peppers in Vinegar Hot Sauce Liquid Smoke Chinese Red Pepper or Cayenne Tony's Salt Parsley (for appearance)
I typically use round steaks, and cut them in little strips. I have been thinking about smoking a couple steaks after the marinade first, then dehydrating them.