For the longest time I was intimidated by the thought of making my own beef jerky.
What a recipe for disaster full of MSG, GMO Ingredients and sub-par beef from factory farms.
If you aren't familiar with these ingredients and why they should be avoided, here are a few great resources:
So now you may be wondering, is beef jerky a healthy snack?
Well, the beef jerky you are going to find in your local grocery store is definitely not a healthy snack.
BUT, beef jerky made with grass fed beef & marinaded in quality ingredients can be a very healthy and filling snack.
When I make beef jerky, it disappears very quickly around here. As my boys get older it gets harder and harder to fill them up! I don't know what I'm going to do when they are teenagers, lol.
But, anyway, moving on to the recipes…
I recommend that whenever possible you use organic or local grass fed beef. I have found that when making beef jerky, the cut really doesn't matter. I have used round steak, roast and sirloin and the results were all great.
Here are 3 of the Best Beef Jerky Marinade Recipes I have found:
(And simplest because I don't like complicated.)
1. Gluten Free Tamari & Honey Beef Jerky Recipe from Deliciously Organic
This beef jerky marinade recipe calls for:
2. Paleo Beef Jerky using Coconut Aminos from Stupid Easy Paleo
This beef jerky marinade recipes calls for:
Yep, that's it, just one ingredient and the results are yummy!
3. Paprika & Chipotle Beef Jerky Recipe from the Primal Palate
The beef jerky marinade recipe calls for:
This recipe is the most complicated, and the results are a little more spicy than the other two recipes. I love this recipe probably because of the smoked paprika. I can eat anything seasoned with smoked paprika!
All of these recipes are great, but not everyone wants to make their own beef jerky.
So, here are a few grass fed options that you can find easily on Amazon:
So here's to chowing down on some good for you beef jerky!