Did you know there’s wheat in beef jerky? I certainly didn’t. Not until I started living gluten free on the Paleo diet. Finding gluten free beef jerky isn’t impossible. Each time I visit the USA I stock up on Jack Link’s gluten free beef jerky varieties. They are delicious! However here in the UK it’s expensive. Here’s two recipes for beef jerky, the first gluten free and the second purely Paleo.
Gluten free beef jerky
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 300g thinly sliced beef. You can get this from any butcher, ask them to slice it to roughly 5mm.
- 100 ml Kikkoman Tamari Soy Sauce. (Gluten Free version)
- 1 tsp Minced ginger
- 1 Tupperware box
- 1 baking tray
- 1 cooling tray
Mix the soy sauce and ginger the tupperware box.
Cut the beef into small strips and place in the marinade. Make sure the beef is covered and leave for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight if possible.
Heat your oven to 150°C, 300°F, Gas mark 2. Place a cooling tray on top of a baking tray. Place the beef strips on the cooling wire. This will give the gluten free beef jerky even heat.
Cook for 15 minutes and check, if needed, cook for a further 5 minutes. If you like beef jerky crisp then add another few minutes.
Step 5 – Gluten free beef jerky is ready!
If you can wait, rest for a few minutes. Then simply devour.
Paleo beef jerky
You can use the same method above, but switch the gluten free soya sauce and use Coconut aminos.
Coconut Aminos is a dairy free, gluten free alternative to soy sauce. This seasoning is made from coconut tree sap. Coconut sap has a naturally low GI, is rich in minerals, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and amino acids.
Don’t fancy making your own beef jerky?
Try Jack Links Sweet and Hot Beef Jerky here, it’s gluten free and available online.