How to Make Beef Jerky
The Mission: DIY Sweet-and-Spicy Beef Jerky
Rachel Graville created this licoricey, Asian-inflected jerky after drinking a Manhattan Special soda, a fizzy, coffee-flavored drink created in 1895.
First: Prepare the Marinade
In a saucepan, boil the coffee, Coca-Cola and star anise until reduced by half.
Pour the reduction into a large bowl and let cool to room temperature, stirring often. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice and sambal oelek and stir well.
Next: Prepare the Beef
Cut the beef into 1/4-inch-thick slices, either with or against the grain.
Add the beef to the marinade, a few slices at a time, stirring well to coat each slice with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours.
Remove the beef from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels.
Arrange the beef on the racks, leaving 1/4 inch between slices. Bake for about 4 hours, until the jerky is firm and almost completely dry, but still chewy. Let cool completely on the racks before serving.