Don’t be a jerk! Get going on a batch of my jerky.
- 1 1/2 to 2 pounds flank steak
- 2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Special equipment: 1 box fan (4 paper air-conditioning filters, and 2 bungee cords)
- Trim the steak of any excess fat, put it in a 1-gallon plastic zip-top bag, and place it in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours in order to firm up. This makes the meat much easier to slice.
- Remove the steak from the freezer and thinly slice the meat, with the grain, into long strips.
- Put the strips of meat, along with all of the remaining ingredients, in the zip-top bag and move them around to evenly distribute all of the ingredients. Put the bag into the refrigerator for 3 to 6 hours.
- Remove the meat from the marinade and pat it dry. Evenly distribute the strips of meat on 3 of the air filters, laying them in the grooves and then stacking the filters on top of one another. Top these with 1 empty filter. Next, lay the box fan on its side and lay the filters on top of it. Strap the filters to the fan with 2 bungee cords. Stand the fan upright, plug it in, and set it to medium. Dry the meat for 8 to 12 hours. (If using a commercial dehydrator, follow the manufacturer’s directions.)
- Once dry, store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.