Beef Jerky Marinade - Create Your Own Beef Jerky Marinade

Beef jerky marinades are a perfect way to get jerky that is bursting with flavor. Beef jerky marinades are different from beef jerky seasonings and rubs as they are liquid. Also, they take a little more care to prepare. Not only do the ingredients have to be combined properly, but the jerky has to sit in the marinade for up to a day to really absorb the flavor. Marinated jerky may take a little longer to dry as well since it is wetter, and the idea behind jerky is to be removed of all moisture.

Here are a few brands of beef jerky marinade:

AC Legg
AC Legg offers several marinades perfect for beef jerky including teriyaki, mesquite grill, Caribbean, barbeque, oriental, light teriyaki, hot and spicy and buffalo wing. They do also offer plenty more flavors that may work well for cooking and grilling most anything.

Hot Sauce World
Hot Sauce World offers more than just hot sauce. They also offer a variety of marinades that would work great for a beef jerky marinade. Some brands/flavors available at this website are: Tabasco Steak Sauce Caribbean Style, Fletcher Grant's Pepper Steak marinade, Jim Bean Teriyaki Steak marinade, Dave's Insanity Steak Sauce, Beer Barrel Gourmet Steak Sauce, Pappy's Bear Claw Marinade, Pork Rubbers Pineapple Teriyaki Marinade and many more. These aren't billed as specifically jerky marinades, but they will fit.

Jerky Mikes
This is a small independent maker offering three flavors: hammerhead hot, Caribbean jerk and their original recipe.

Here are three beef jerky marinade recipe ideas:

Basic Beef Jerky
• 4 tbsp soy sauce
• 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
• 1 tbsp tomato sauce
• 1/4 tsp black pepper
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 tbsp grated root ginger
• 1 tbsp curry powder

Sweet and Sour Jerky
• 1 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp pepper
• 1/2 tsp onion powder
• 1 garlic clove (crushed)
• 3 tbsp brown sugar
• 1 tbsp soy sauce
• 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
• 1/4 cup pineapple juice

Teriyaki Marinade
• 15-20 oz. Soy Sauce
• 15 oz. Worcestershire Sauce
• 15-20 oz. Teriyaki sauce
• 2-4 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
• 2-4 tablespoons Garlic Powder
• 2-4 tablespoons Onion Powder
• 2-4 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
• 5 oz. bottle Liquid Smoke
• 2-4 oz. Dark Corn Syrup or Molasses for even more flavor

Directions for all three marinades:
1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients (except meat). Mix well.
2. Place meat three or four layers deep in a container, spooning beef jerky marinade mixture over each layer.
3. Cover tightly.
4. Marinate six to 12 hours in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally.
5. Make your jerky!

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