Smoky, umami jerky

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Dec 30, 2023
Grey Eagle, MN
Can someone recommend a dehydrated beef jerky recipe that has a nice umami flavor. Maybe even uses some smoked paprika? Nothing overly spicy. Thanks
Soy sauce will give you the umami hit. For dehydrated jerky. I use liquid smoke. 3 tsp per 5 pounds of meat.
5 pounds london broil sliced thin against the grain
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup soy sauce
3 tsp liquid smoke
1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
1.5 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs black pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes. You can add the hot paprika instead of the pepper flakes.
1 tsp cure
mix marinade.
Soak overnight.
When done. Let cool on the counter before putting in a bag or container.
Even with cure. I still store it in the fridge.
Some folks add fish sauce to the marinade.
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No recipe, but things that will add that umami flavor for you:

- mushroom powder
- tomato paste/powder
- soy sauce
- Worcestershire
- fish sauce
- Maggi seasoning

Take any one of your favorite jerky recipes as add some or all of those to it.

I don't have ratios, but for my "Umami-Bomb Burgers" I use a blend of tomato powder, smoked garlic powder, onion powder, soy sauce powder, mushroom powder, ground mustard, MSG, salt, pepper, and a splash of Wooster and fish sauce. Would make a pretty good jerky marinade, could use paste/liquid form of soy and tomato instead of powder for jerky. Add cure, heat (chili flakes or powder) and liquid smoke (optional) to that and you're off to the umami races.

Hope that helps. I may or may not be off to dig a round roast out of the freezer to try this out now...
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