When I was growing up, I was never really interested in beef jerky. It simply wasn’t something my parents bought at the grocery store, and it always seemed to be so heavily marketed toward men. Even now, it’s not something I eat often, but I’ve found it to be a great snack option while traveling. When I was following the Paleo lifestyle, I was able to find a couple of different brands that had quality ingredients and that tasted great. I’d buy them when I was going out-of-town so that I had an accessible, healthy snack when a real meal wasn’t an option. But, about a month ago, I looked into making homemade beef jerky in order to 1) save money and 2) have an AIP-friendly option.
I came across a few excellent options for AIP beef jerky recipes, but most of them were kind of involved, and I just didn’t want to take the time on them. However, I found this very easy, AIP-friendly recipe on The Paleo Mom’s blog, and that’s the one I chose to make. I have to admit that I accidentally made it way too salty, and my boyfriend politely ate some before declaring that it was just too salty for him to continue eating. Despite the saltiness, I went ahead and ate it because we were traveling and didn’t have other food options! But, the lesson was learned for next time–make it less salty.
Last weekend, we had one final trip for this year–back to our home state, Ohio, for four days. I revisited that jerky recipe and was going to make it again (but, you know, less salty). Then, I had a little strike of inspiration, and I thought to myself, “What if I made up a marinade and tried that instead?” While I really loved the simplicity of the original recipe, I thought I could jazz up the beef jerky a bit with a marinade. Ideally, I would’ve marinated it much longer–overnight or eight hours, if possible. Alas, I only ended up with an hour-and-a-half to two hours, I believe. My boyfriend was much happier with this recipe, and he went on about how good it was for the first few minutes that he munched on it! I do want to point out that all I’m sharing below is the recipe for the marinade; if you’d like instructions for making the jerky, too, then I’ll direct you back to the AIP-friendly recipe I mentioned above.
Travel is hard, regardless of what type of travel it is (e.g. solo, group/family, airplane, car, etc.). I’ve found beef jerky to be a delicious and convenient protein for on-the-go lunches/snacks. I’d also like to recommend a couple of other easy, travel-friendly foods that I usually take with me, too. One them is guacamole, and I have a super tasty guacamole recipe that I guest posted on Nummy for my Tummy that you need to check out! Then, because you can’t have guacamole without them, I also always take plantain chips. I shared my recipe for baked plantain chips on Eat Sleep Live Paleo. Traveling while Paleo or on the AIP doesn’t have to be hard! 🙂
This is a simple yet delicious teriyaki-like beef jerky marinade. Kick your jerky up a notch with simple, real ingredients!
- 3/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Add all ingredients into a small mixing bowl.
- Whisk together until well combined.
- Pour marinade into a gallon-sized baggie or glass storage container.
- Add thinly-sliced beef to the baggie or container and marinade in the refrigerator for one hour up to eight hours.
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