Cajun Jerky

"Cajun don't have to mean hot!" says Milton Hock, who, with his wife Tootie, has worked on recipes for their now-sought-after Bayou Blend Meat Snacks for nearly 20 years in Napoleanville, LA. "With all due respect, people outside our culture think that if you add cayenne pepper to something it becomes Cajun," Hock says. "That's nowhere near the truth; our food has a whole lot more than pepper." And in this recipe – one that Hock almost wouldn't share – home cooks will find flavors local to the bayou, like "crab and shrimp boil" seasoning (sold by Zatarain's, among others), which gives the dish a low-country Old Bay flavor and a chewy texture that keeps your palate wanting more.

Bayou Blend Home Recipe Jerky

Ingredients

  • 5-10 lbs of top round beef
  • 1 cup Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp powdered crab/shrimp boil
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke

Step One
Combine all ingredients and stir well.

Step Two
Slice 5-10 lbs of top round beef in 1/8-1/4 inch thick slices.

Step Three
Add beef slices to marinade individually making sure that each piece is fully covered with marinade.

Step Four
Refrigerate the marinade/beef mixture for 24-48 hours. ("Longer the better!!")

Step Five
Place slices on the trays. Dry the marinaded slices at least 160 degrees on a dehydrator making sure you do not overlap the pieces. The type of the dehydrator will determine the length of time to dry it. Turn the slices over when no wet spots are seen.