Forget the generic Japanese takeout you always get and opt for our homemade teriyaki beef jerky recipe! It’s a sweet, savory beef dish that’s sure to spice up your daily meals.
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Sweet, Spicy Japanese-Style Teriyaki Beef Jerky Recipe
- 2 to 3 lbs. eye of round roast
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 inch knob ginger
Step 1: Slice the Meat
Slice the beef either against or following the grain. But going against the grain will make the meat much easier to chew.
If you want your jerky tough and chewy, however, you can try slicing with the grain.
- Thick or poorly cut jerky is often too tough to chew.
- Are you having trouble slicing the meat? Leave it up to the butcher! Just tell them what you’ll be using the meat for so they can go with the most suitable type of cut.
Step 2: Prepare the Jerky Marinade
It’s time to prepare the marinade. In a large Ziploc bag put all the teriyaki beef jerky ingredients, then shake till the ingredients are fully mixed.
Once the marinade is ready, seal the meat slices in the Ziploc bag then massage thoroughly to ensure the sauce seeps into every fiber of the jerky cuts.
Store in the refrigerator for no more or less than 8 to 24 hours.
Pro Tip: Marinating the meat cuts for hours on end is essential if you want to achieve that deep, rich teriyaki flavor. Patience is the key!
Step 3: Cook the Jerky Strips
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Once you’re ready to cook the beef, take the jerky out of the refrigerator. Don't forget to preheat the oven or smoker to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
Meanwhile, take the jerky strips out of the marinade and let them dry on on clean paper towels. This should only take a few minutes.
Afterward, place the dried jerky strips on a grill grate and smoke/bake for two to five hours. Note that you might need to shuffle the jerky strips every now and then to ensure they cook evenly.
Pro Tip: Follow this sweet and spicy beef jerky recipe and your meat strips will taste firm and elastic. If it’s too soft and soggy, it’s undercooked. On the other hand, if it breaks or crumbles when bent, it’s overcooked.
Step 4: Store the Jerky
Take the jerky strips out of the smoker or oven then transfer to a zip-top bag. There’s no need to wait for the meat cool down before storing them, but make sure not to close the seal all the way through.
Otherwise, steam will form inside the bag. And if that happens, the moisture will make your jerky strips all gross and soggy.
Storage Life: Homemade beef jerky has a storage life of around two weeks. If you want your jerky to last longer, we advise exploring food storing techniques such as vacuum sealing.
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What makes this teriyaki beef jerky recipe so great is its versatility. For example, you can eat it with miso soup, rice, and veggies for a full-on Japanese-style meal. At the same time, you can opt to eat the jerky as is if you’re just in the mood for a filling snack.
Also, don't limit yourself to just one recipe. Explore the different herbs, spices, and ingredients you can use to customize the beef jerky marinade to your liking.
What do you think of this teriyaki beef jerky recipe? How would you modify it to suit your taste? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
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