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fr33manator
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Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydrating

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.

Enjoy the best beef jerky you've eaten.




s14suspense
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Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydrating



Alton brown method. Sounds pretty simple. I would like to try it one day.


TigerWise
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re: Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydrating
I love me some jerky


BugAC
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re: Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydrating
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.


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BRgetthenet
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re: Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydrating
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Alton brown method.


I remember the episode. I've always wondered how good that came out.


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fr33manator
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re: Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydrating
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Alton brown method



Sonofabitch. My buddy and I have been doing it this way for years. Even tinkered with converting an old wine chiller into a unit.


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Tbobby
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Member since Dec 2006
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re: Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydrating
I've had good results using just a regular oven on the lowest temperature with a wooden spoon cracking the door open. The jerky tastes best before it is done and still a little wet.


z71 Rebel
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re: Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydrating
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The jerky tastes best before it is done and still a little wet.


Bowie(sp?) BBQ in Des Allemands used to do it where it had this slightly wet/sticky glaze to it and it was delicious.


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CajunAlum Tiger Fan
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re: Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydrating
Box fan = dehydrating


andouille
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re: Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydrating
Here are the Alton Brown, with all of his superfluous information, videos, if you want to see it done. The first one contains his recipe, the second is the method:

Recipe


Method


ruzil
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re: Box fan beef jerky-far superior to dehydrating
I will attempt this weekend.


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