When you think Hawaii, you may think of tropical. And when you think tropical, you think of pineapple. But that is just one of the many tastes associated with the Pacific Island state. Hawaii is really a melting pot of a state and a melting pot of cultures; much of their food has a blend of flavors.
When it comes to a beef jerky recipe with a Hawaiian flair, it’s no wonder then that there are a variety of flavors that will create a luau inside anyone’s mouth!
Below is a recipe for Hawaiian beef jerky. This recipe, as mentioned above contains several different flavor bursts. There is some ginger for spice. Some brown sugar for sweetness. Some pepper and Cayenne pepper for a little fire. Some soy sauce for saltiness. And we can’t forget that pineapple.
o 1 lb lean meat, thinly sliced
o 1 tsp salt
o 1 tsp ground ginger
o 1 tbsp brown sugar
o 1/4 tsp pepper
o 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
o 1 crushed garlic clove
o 1/4 c pineapple juice
o 1/4 c soy sauce
1. Slice meat in thin strips.
2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients of marinade and mix well.
3. Place meat 3-4 layers deep in a container, spooning sauce mixture over each layer.
4. Cover tightly and marinate 6-12 hours in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally.
5. Layout on trays, 24 to 36 hours in dehydrator (or follow directions for oven).
Now all you need is a grass skirt and some coconut milk!
REVIEW: Not sure if you can make your own?
Analei V. of Salem always wanted to go to Hawaii. At least she got a taste of Hawaiian beef jerky when she tried a piece of her friend’s Holston Mountain Hawaiian Beef Jerky. The website said that the jerky is sweeter than its other flavors. Analei agreed saying, “There was a real hint of pineapple, which was an interesting combination for beef. I am so used to pineapple being on ham. This was a very unique jerky. I didn’t even know you could have fruity jerky! The piece of jerky was huge, too. I am used to thin sticks, but this was an enormous piece. A little hard to chew.” The Holston Mountain Hawaiian Jerky is available on their website in three sizes from $8-$21.