island spice

Homemade Beef Jerky: Island Spice Marinade

Last month I shared my first go at homemade beef jerky.  In preparation for our trip to Maine, I explored other options with the Island Spice Marinade.

A.D. and I are fans of Jerk seasoning and I am particularly a fan of the added dimension that allspice and cloves can provide to a dish.  I wanted something reminiscent of sweet through spice tones versus sugars and I think the blend of allspice, cinnamon and cloves hits the spot.

Island Spice Beef Jerky

  • ~1 lb top round beef, sliced into 1/4″ thick ‘ribbons’
  • 2T granulated garlic
  • 1/2 c soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 t allspice
  • 1 t ground pepper
  • 1 pkt stevia
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground cloves
  • 1/2 c red wine vinegar
  1. In a zipper bag or appropriately sized non-reactive container, mix the marinade ingredients and add the beef ribbons.
  2. Cover (or zip) and let marinate for 1-2 days.
  3. Dehydrate at 165F for appx 3 hours or until your jerky is dried, but not brittle.  If you’re looking, I’m partial to my Nesco SnackMaster Pro Food Dehydrator as it is economical and works well for a novice.

There was excellent feedback from everyone on the trip for this recipe and am definitely planning on keeping this in the rotation and hope you enjoy as well!

Marie Wheeler