Hellacious Beef Jerky

I was lucky enough to get a dehydrator for Christmas this year, sure there are lots of awesome things you can do with them but is there really any better use for it other than homemade beef jerky? You don’t have to think about it, there isn’t – and how can you make this even better? Use a bunch of your favorite hot sauce – duh.

Musical pairing: Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier. I know not really metal right? But its Maiden, its as classic and awesome as beef jerky itself. Plus my buddy Steve who owns High River Hot Sauce is fellow bassist and when it comes to the bass Maiden’s Steve Harris is and always will be king.



1.5 – 1.75 LBS of Steak (flank or chuck work real well)
1.5 TBL Hellacious Hot Sauce (or other habanero based hot sauce)
1/3 C Cider Vinegar
1 TSP Kosher Salt
1 TSP Black Pepper
1 TSP Smoked Paprika
1 TSP Garlic  Powder

Put steak in the freezer for 30-40 minutes – this will stiffen it up and make it easier to cut it into uniformly thin pieces.

Cut the meat into long strips about 1/8″ – 1/4″ thick (I like them on the thicker side).

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a gallon sized zip too bag and mix well. Add the meat strips and mix well again. Flatten out the meat in the bag in a shin a layer as possible and lay flat on a shelf in your fridge. Let marinate for 24 hours, its best to flip the bag at the half way point to ensure even flavor distribution.

After the 24 hour marinade, pat the meat dry and place in a single layer in your dehydrator. Follow the directions provided with your dehydrator for making jerky.

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