Jerky Time-Sweet and Spicy Jerky

Ingredients:

-1 1/2 cups brewed strong coffee

-1 1/2 cups coca cola

-2 whole star anise pods

-2 cups soy sauce

-1/2 cup Asian fish sauce

-1/2 cup fresh lime juice

-1/4 cup sambul oelek

-2 pounds trimmed beef top or bottom round

Directions:

1)In a saucepan, boil the coffee, Coca-Cola and star anise until reduced by half, 10 minutes; pour 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.

2)Cut the meat into 1/4-inch-thick slices, either with or against the grain.

3)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.

4)Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Set a large wire rack on each of 3 large rimmed baking sheets. 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.

*****Dried jerky may be refrigerated for up to 6 weeks or vacuum sealed and sent to your deployed hero to enjoy!!!!!*****

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