Have you tried making bacon jerky?
Any recipe that includes bacon tastes great, but make sure to consume it in moderation as it comes with some negative effects to your health.
Usually, a bacon jerky is cooked using a dehydrator, but you can also use an oven.
Things needed for making bacon jerky
Preparing a bacon jerky recipe requires time as it involves a long process of steady yet slow cooking.
Oven – You can use either a gas or electric oven as long as it can handle 170°F to 200°F.
Oven-safe metal pan – This will be used to catch the dripping juice from the bacon.
Oven rack – This is where you will lay the bacon.
Basting brush – Use the silicon brush in applying the marinade.
Thermometer – Cooking bacon jerky requires a low temperature that’s why you need to use an oven thermometer to maintain the required heat.
- 1 lb. bacon (uncured)
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- ¼ cup sriracha
Step by step procedure:
Step #1. When buying bacon that you will use for this recipe, choose the ones with less fat so that the bacon jerky won’t spoil faster. Thaw the bacon completely before putting them in the oven.
Step #2. While thawing the bacon, you can prepare the sauce that you will use as marinade and basting as well. You’ll need to combine the honey, sriracha, and black pepper listed above. This mixture will give a sweet and spicy blend. You can also experiment with your own recipe of marinade by adding Worcestershire sauce or liquid smoke.
Step #3. Preheat the oven to its lowest temperature. To save time you can preheat the oven before making the sauce and place the baking sheet or oven-safe pan at the bottom of your oven.
Step #4. In a bowl, combine the marinade and the bacon. Make sure that there’s no excess moisture in the bacon. Set aside after coating the bacon with the marinade.
Step #5. Lay each bacon strips on the rack and there should be enough space between each piece. Place the rack inside once the oven achieves the temperature. Make sure that the oil will drop to the baking sheets.
Step #6. The cooking time for bacon jerky is about 3 ½ hours but may also vary depending on the thickness of the meat.
Step #7. To ensure even cooking, you should ensure that the temperature inside the oven is steady. You can also flip the bacon every hour.
Step #8. Take out the bacon from the oven once you achieve the desired chewiness and texture. You will know that the meat is turning to a bacon jerky once the color starts to change. Place the bacon strips on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Let it cool for 15-20 minutes.
Storing the bacon jerky
You can store the bacon jerky in an airtight container for later consumption and it would last for a couple of months. But, if you want a longer shelf life, store it in the freezer and it would last for about 4 months.