Today we’re going to be sharing a beef jerky recipe that will be especially appealing for all of you wine connoisseurs out there. You’ll be making a gourmet wine-infused homemade beef jerky that is quite possibly the most delightful high protein snack recipe we’ve ever shared. You’ll be using two pounds of high quality steak, some red wine, and an unbelievably flavorful mixture of ingredients to make this homemade beef jerky that can only be described in one way – out of this world good. This recipe is a great example that shows exactly why I love making my own healthy homemade snacks so much – you’ll never find beef jerky this good on store shelves!
Red Wine and Beef Jerky – A Match Made in Heaven
In order to make beef jerky that tastes this flavorful, you’re going to need to prepare a fantastic marinade. That’s exactly what you’ll be doing before anything else with this recipe by mixing together the honey, soy sauce, red wine, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and Tabasco sauce in a bowl. It’s definitely a rather unique assortment of ingredients but believe me when I tell you it all works perfectly to produce an unbelievably delicious flavor for your beef jerky. I’m particularly fond of marinades that are made with red wine – not just because of the flavor it provides, although that’s a big part of it, but because moderate amounts of red wine is incredibly good for your heart health. (1)
In addition to the red wine, adding both garlic and onion powder is another great way to add an immense amount of flavor to the marinade. Both ingredients are among my favorites to use for cooking all sorts of recipes. They’re big on great taste and even bigger on providing a wide variety of health benefits. Garlic and onion are both well known to help boost your immune system, but studies have also found that they each contain some rather potent cancer prevention properties as well. (2)
The remaining ingredients added into the marinade are mainly there to further increase the flavor content. Adding the soy sauce and Tabasco sauce gives it a salty and slightly hot flavor, respectively. Meanwhile, the honey helps to add a delicious naturally sweet flavor to the mix – it’s also incredibly nutrient-dense. Not only does it contain all sorts of great antiviral and antibacterial properties, but it’s also a great source of antioxidants. (3)
After preparing the marinade, you can add in your cuts of steak. Marinate the steak for about eight hours and then you can follow the directions below for cooking the beef jerky. I strongly recommend going with grass-fed cuts of beef when making this beef jerky (or really any of our recipes made with beef). If you live in an area where it can be hard to find grass-fed beef locally, then I’d recommend checking out ButcherBox. They’re a monthly meat delivery service offering five different “boxes” where you can customize the type of meat you have delivered. All of their animals are raised humanely and are free of hormones and antibiotics. You should definitely check them out if you’ve been looking for a quality source of grass-fed beef!
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Gourmet Wine-Infused Homemade Beef Jerky Recipe
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes
- Yield: 10 1x
2 pounds top round steak (or eye or flank steak), trimmed from any fat and thinly sliced against the grain
2 tbsp honey
1 cup soy sauce
½ cup water
½ cup red wine
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt or to taste
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp red Tabasco sauce
- In a bowl combine the honey, soy sauce, water, red wine, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and Tabasco sauce.
- Add the steak and toss until the steak is evenly coated.
- Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 175°F.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over the foil.
- Lay the beef strips out in a single layer on the wire rack.
- Bake the beef in the preheated oven until dry and leathery, about 4 to 6 hours, flipping the beef once about halfway through. (see note*)
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Transfer in a container and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
The total time is dependent on the thickness of the meat.