Spicy Chili Lime Jerky

I love jerky. I also love spicy food but it doesn’t love me. The question was, could I make a spicy jerky that walked the tightrope between spicy and pain causing? This is my effort.

The first consideration was what kind of spicy? Different spices, peppers and sauces give different kind of heat. Some smack you in the mouth as soon as you eat them. Others have a slow build of heat.

I decided to go Asian. Asian Chili Garlic sauce is very hot without being dangerous and has a slow build to a warming heat. My jerky would try and emulate that by using small Thai chili peppers as the main source of heat.

I picked up an eye of the round roast. I like it for jerky as it is quite lean and fat is the enemy of jerky. It just doesn’t dry well. Although it is leaner, it does have a fat cap and some silverskin. I removed all of that.

This recipe would also be great with venison, elk or moose.

I sliced the meat to about 3/16 inch (48 mm) thick. I weighed the slices.

Then I prepared the marinade. These amounts are for 1 kg (2.2 pounds) meat.

I took the zest off two limes and then squeezed the juice out. I put the zest and juice in a blender. You could use a food processor or put them in a bowl if you are using an immersion blender.

I cut the stems off Thai chilies and cut them in half until I had a little less than 125 ml (1/2 cup) of chilies. I put these in the blender.

I added the following to the blender:

  • 60 ml (1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons) Worcestershire sauce
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons) soy sauce
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) salt
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoons) brown sugar
  • 3.5 grams (2.5 ml or 1/2 teaspoon) Prague powder #1
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 8 ml (1 1/2 teaspoon) rice vinegar

I blended until well mixed.

I put the meat in a non-reactive container and poured the mixture over the meat. I tossed the meat thoroughly, covered it and put it in the fridge for 24 hours, stirring the meat a couple of times.

I took the meat out of the marinade and spread it around on my smoker racks. I patted both sides dry with paper towel and let them sit for an hour.

I patted both sides dry and let them sit for another hour and patted both sides dry again.

I preheated my smoker to 200 F (90 C). You can do this on a tray in an oven and it will work fine but won’t have any smoke taste.

I put them in my smoker and smoked for 2 hours.

If you don’t have enough rack space in your smoker, you can put a skewer through the end of each piece and hang the pieces through spaces in the rack.

I made sure the jerky was done by bending it. It should crack at the surface but not break in two. You  can make absolutely sure by probing with an instant read thermometer. The meat needs to be over 155 F (68 C).

Let it cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Freeze any that won’t be eaten within a week.

The Verdict

I hate to blow my own horn but, Ta Da! The first thing you taste is a touch of lime. Then a slow heat builds to hot sensation on your tongue but it doesn’t cause any pain. Chili heads will like these but find them a little mild. Us mere mortals will find a definite heat but not over the top.

The Old Fat Guy

Spicy Chili Lime Jerky

Spicy Chili Lime Jerky

Ingredients

  • 1 kg (2.2 pounds) lean beef or game, after trimming
  • 2 limes
  • 110 ml (scant 1/2 cup) Thai chilies, stem removed, cut in half
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons) Worcestershire sauce
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons) soy sauce
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) salt
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoons) brown sugar
  • 3.5 grams (2.5 ml or 1/2 teaspoon) Prague powder #1
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 8 ml (1 1/2 teaspoon) rice vinegar

Instructions

  1. Remove all fat from the surface of the meat.
  2. Remove the zest from the limes and put it in a blender or food processor.
  3. Juice the limes and put the juice in the blender.
  4. Put the chilies in the blender.
  5. Put the remaining ingredients in the blender.
  6. Process until there are no large chunks.
  7. Pour the mixture over the meat slices in a non-reactive container and toss the meat to coat.
  8. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours, mixing twice.
  9. Remove the meat from the marinade and put it on racks. Pat both sides dry with paper towel. Let it sit for 1 hour and pat both sides dry again. Let sit for 1 hour and pat both sides dry.
  10. Preheat a smoker or oven to 200 F (90 C).
  11. Put the meat in and smoke for 2 hours.
  12. The meat should crack but not break when bent and should have an internal temperature over 155 F (68 C).
  13. Let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Freeze any that will not be eaten within a week.
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