How to Glaze Beef Jerky

By Jennifer Dermody

Jerky, which is a fancy name for dried meat, is a lightweight snack heavy on nutrition and full of flavor. It is most commonly made of marinaded beef or other meats such as turkey, venison, even fish. Jerky provides a good balance of fat, protein and carbohydrates, making it a smart addition to your day pack or lunch box. Whether you run to the local sporting goods store to pick up a pack or make it at home in your dehydrator, enhance the flavor by adding your own flavorful glaze.

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Put your basting brush to work.

Glazing Home Made Jerky

Step 1

Make a tasty marinade for your jerky by combining all food ingredients including the jerky, in a sealable plastic bag at least one gallon in size.

Step 2

Refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight.

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A kitchen timer reminds you to mix your marinade.

Step 3

Turn and mix the contents every one or two hours.

Step 4

Drain the meat and reserve a portion of the excess marinade for making a glaze.

Step 5

Dry your jerky at at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy harmful organisms using a dehydrator, a conventional oven or a smoker. Drying times depend on your particular method.

Step 6

Temporarily remove the meat from the dryer after three to four hours, half way through its complete drying time, which takes a total of six to eight hours.

Step 7

Boil the marinade for five minutes to thicken it, stirring occasionally. The heating process pasteurizes the liquid. As it thickens it becomes a glaze.

Step 8

Allow the glaze to cool.

Step 9

Baste the meat with the glaze by brushing it evenly, covering both sides of the meat.

Step 10

Return the meat to the dehydrator or oven. It is done once it is firm and dry, but not spongy.

Glazing Store Bought Jerky

Step 11

Prepare the marinade for your jerky by combining all food ingredients, but not the meat itself, in a pan.

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Keep an eye on your glaze while it boils.

Step 12

Boil the fresh marinade for five minutes to thicken it stirring occasionally. The heating process thickens the liquid into a glaze.

Step 13

Allow the glaze to cool.

Step 14

Baste the meat with the glaze by brushing it evenly, covering both sides of the meat.

Step 15

Let the glaze to dry on the meat before packaging.