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Burgundy jerky recipe | Create your perfect jerky

Jerky is a great snack, with great potential for modifying the recipe to your unique preferences. In this blog, we take a look at some of the possible variations and share our favorite burgundy jerky recipe.

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Burgundy jerky recipe | Create your perfect jerky
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Serves
4
Prep time
Prep time
30 min
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Dehydrating time
9 - 16 hours
Ingredients
  • 2 cups burgundy wine
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped,
  • 3 tbsp molasses syrup
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. (0.5kg) lean meat, sliced into 1/8 - 1/4” (0.3-0.6cm) thin strips

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Instructions
  1. In a small glass bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the meat/poultry. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Place a layer of meat/poultry into a glass baking dish. Spoon sauce mixture over each layer.
  3. Repeat until the meat/poultry is 3-4 layers deep in the pan.
  4. Cover tightly and marinade for 6-12 hours in the refrigerator or overnight. Stir occasionally to keep the meat/poultry coated in marinade. The longer the meat/poultry stays in the marinade, the more flavour will be absorbed.
  5. Remove the meat/poultry from the marinade, removing excess marinade.
  6. Lay the meat/poultry evenly onto the dehydrator racks, leaving 1/4” (0.6cm) space between each strip of meat/poultry.
  7. Dry meat poultry at 145 F-150 F (63 C) for 4-7 hours or until thoroughly dry.

Create your perfect jerky recipe

What’s in a name?

The word jerky comes from the Quechuan language of the Incas. It’s a derivative of “ch’arki,” which translates as ‘dried meat.’

Whatever you call it, there’s evidence of the Incans and Native Americans drying meats to make jerky since 1500s or earlier. European settlers embraced this method for preserving meats and jerky has grown in popularity to now be a widely available snack food in many countries.


Can I jerky that?

Today, when you think jerky, beef is the most commonly used meat. But historically, Native Americans across North and South America used the wild animals that were prevalent. In North America, this meant bison, elk and deer, and for the Incans in South America, llamas and alpacas were the meats of choice.

In modern jerky production, as well as the widely used beef, game meats remain popular choices, as well as turkey. Some of the commercially available jerky meats in North America include bison, deer, crocodile, alligator, antelope, duck and wild boar. 

When choosing a meat for your jerky recipe, remember that lean meats are the best choice. Fat will oxidise and spoil your jerky, so whatever animal you pick, look for cuts that have the least amount of fat possible.

Preparation considerations

Aside from which animal you choose, another major consideration for your jerky recipe is choosing between using whole muscles or ground meat. 

A major difference between jerky made from whole muscles and ground meat is texture. Some people prefer the softness of a jerky made from ground meat, while others like the chew of jerky made from sliced whole muscle. You can also vary the end result by changing up the thickness of the meat, as well as choosing between cutting across the grain and with the grain. Ultimately, there isn’t a right or wrong choice, just individual preferences, although most people tend to prefer the texture of meat sliced across the grain.

For home processing of jerky, whole muscle cuts are recommended as a safer choice. In domestic environments, there are safety concerns, particularly around E. coli with ground meats. If you do use ground meat in a home environment, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service recommends reducing the risks if the meat is precooked to a temperature of 160°F prior to drying.

Rubs versus marinades

The other major variation between jerky recipes is the choice between a dry rub or a wet marinade. There are pros and cons to both approaches. 

Dry rubs take less time, both with waiting to let the flavors penetrate and reducing dehydration time. On the flip side, dry rubs can make it harder to evenly distribute flavor and usually don’t include a cure to prevent bacteria growing. 

Jerky recipes that use a marinade mix the chosen seasonings into a liquid, frequently soy sauce, Worcestershire, or another base liquid. The marinade usually includes some vinegar or a curing agent to inhibit bacteria. Using a marinade results in a more uniform flavour, but it can be easy for the meat to become too salty if left in the liquid for too long. Using a marinade also involves waiting for 6 to 24 hours for the meat to season, as well as extending the dehydration time due to the additional liquid.


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Ready to start experimenting with your jerky recipe?

The fantastic thing about jerky is that it is so adaptable. You can change the meats, the cuts, the flavors and seasonings, the drying times and so on to create your perfect jerky recipe. 

To get you started, here’s our favorite burgundy jerky recipe. We’d love to hear how you tweak this recipe and make it your own.

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NOTE:

When using a dehydrator, check the temperature of the dehydrator with a dial thermometer before drying jerky.

The minimum recommended temperature for drying meats is 145 F (63 C). Temperatures below 145 F (63 C) are not recommended.


IMPORTANT!

It is highly recommended to heat the meat to 160 F (71 C) before the dehydrating process. This step assures that any bacteria present will be destroyed by wet heat. After heating to 160 F(71 C), maintain a constant dehydrator temperature of 130 F-140 F (55-60 C) during the drying process. You may need to blot fat and water droplets from the surface of the meat occasionally using a paper towel. Drying times may vary based on many circumstances including but not limited to: the relative humidity of the room, the temperature of the meat at the beginning of the drying process, the amount of meat in the dehydrator, leanness of the meat, etc. Always allow the jerky to cool before taste-testing.

Machine recommendation
Burgundy jerky recipe | Create your perfect jerky
Servings Icon
Serves
4
Prep time
Prep time
30 min
Dehydration time icon
Dehydrating time
9 - 16 hours
Ingredients
  • 2 cups burgundy wine
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped,
  • 3 tbsp molasses syrup
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. (0.5kg) lean meat, sliced into 1/8 - 1/4” (0.3-0.6cm) thin strips

Ingredients
macros
Instructions
  1. In a small glass bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the meat/poultry. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Place a layer of meat/poultry into a glass baking dish. Spoon sauce mixture over each layer.
  3. Repeat until the meat/poultry is 3-4 layers deep in the pan.
  4. Cover tightly and marinade for 6-12 hours in the refrigerator or overnight. Stir occasionally to keep the meat/poultry coated in marinade. The longer the meat/poultry stays in the marinade, the more flavour will be absorbed.
  5. Remove the meat/poultry from the marinade, removing excess marinade.
  6. Lay the meat/poultry evenly onto the dehydrator racks, leaving 1/4” (0.6cm) space between each strip of meat/poultry.
  7. Dry meat poultry at 145 F-150 F (63 C) for 4-7 hours or until thoroughly dry.

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Kate Joncheff

Kate spends her days doing life as a mother of two young boys, tending to chickens, ducks, working on her organic vegi garden and developing organic recipes that she shares with her friends via instagram. Researching and documenting comes naturally to Kate as she has a flare for design and photography.

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