I’m a big fan of beef jerky, I’ve made it for years. And as good as it always was, I was always searching for a way to perfect my technique. More flavor. More tender, but still with a slight tug. Sous vide has done that for me and more. It’s the only way I make jerky now, drying it on my Nesco Snackmaster Pro. Sometimes I make my own flavors and sometimes, I order packages seasonings, like this Honey flavor from Wilton’s. This is a great slightly sweet jerky. Almost a dessert jerky!
This approach to jerky is simple and highly repeatable so it’s not like you have to stress over the next batch being just as good as the last. Just mix up the seasoning with a bit of cure and add to thinly-sliced beef. A few hours in sous vide then onto the Nesco Snackmaster Pro dehydrator until perfectly dried. Not too tender, not too tough. Each and every time.
I like my jerky to be pretty flavorful so I usually end up adding a bit more seasoning than the manufacturer recommends. The Honey seasoning is great as is, but a little more is… better. I liked the additional sweetness I got by adding more.
Check out my guide to using the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. You will be making fantastic jerky at home in no time at all!
Sous Vide Honey Jerky on the Nesco Snackmaster Pro
- Set up your immersion circulator for 108 F sous vide.
- Place the meat into a large bowl and sprinkle with the seasoning/cure mixture. DO NOT ADD WATER. Using your hands, mix the seasonings and meat well.
- Transfer the meat to a sealable bag and vacuum seal. Make sure there are no leaks.
- Transfer bag to sous vide setup and heat for 2 hours.
- Increase temperature to 130 F and heat for an additional 4 hours.
- Turn on your dehydrator and heat it to 160 F.
- Remove the meat from the bag and transfer to the dehydrator. Do not overlap the pieces.
- Dry for 2-3 hours. Let cool before storing.
Nutritional values are approximate.