Jerky is a firm favourite in our house, though I cannot tell you how long it keeps for as it only lasts a few days before it gets all used! Now I'm not drying this in the outdoors, though we have smoked and dried venison using a stone smoker, but the preparation is the same. This is my recipe
A good quantity of Salt and Crushed Black Pepper
Juniper berries, which get crushed as well
Mix all the dry ingredients
Soy sauce, Worcester sauce, Balsamic Vinegar and Tabasco
Mix them all together.
Top side of Beef (Most lean meats can be used)
Remove as much fat and membrane as possible as fat can quickly go rancid, even after the drying process
For ease of slicing, I cut the joint in two.
Cut the meat into thin slices
3 or 4 mm thick
Once sliced, mix the meat with the spices and flavourings. Put it in the fridge to marinate for as long as possible. I like to leave mine for at least 24 hours.
After marinading, remove the meat, put each slice into a cocktail stick and hang in a fan over, using the over grids to support the hanging meat.
Loading the meat into the oven
The oven is now full and we are ready to dry the meat. I put the oven onto it's lowest setting, in my case it's a defrost setting which has basically no heat, just the internal fan running. I leave the oven door open a tiny fraction and leave the beef to dry. this can take from 8 to 10 hours. I usually leave mine drying overnight.
Jerky is now dried and ready to eat