If you love jerky, and all its savory and sweet varieties, smoked teriyaki beef jerky just might be your new favorite. You’ll enjoy preparing this recipe because it is so simple. Don’t worry about not having the time or needing large quantities of meat. This jerky will make enough for at least 10 people, if not more! More importantly, though, the smoky flavor in this recipe will leave you wanting more.
Smoked teriyaki beef jerky recipe
Ingredients for smoked teriyaki beef jerky
- 2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 cup soy sauce, divided
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil.
- 2 cloves garlic, minced.
- 1 tsp ginger, grated.
Directions for smoked teriyaki beef jerky
- Combine ground beef and 2 tablespoons soy sauce in a medium bowl. Mix thoroughly by hand. After 30 minutes, cover and refrigerate. The longer the better; the more rested the meat is, the better the jerky will taste!
- A skillet over medium-high heat should be heated with sesame oil. Add ground beef mixture to pan and brown it thoroughly on all sides (don’t worry if it doesn’t look like much is being browned). Stir often to keep the beef from sticking.
- When the jerky is evenly browned, remove it from the heat and pour off excess grease. Add remaining soy sauce and garlic into the pan and stir until the garlic is aromatic. Transfer to a bowl, toss with grated ginger and serve immediately alongside your preferred dipping sauce.
Put the beef in the bowl
- 2 Tbsp teriyaki sauce.
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar.
- 2 tsp brown sugar or another sweetener if necessary.
Instructions for Wrapper:
- Place one of the wonton wrappers onto a clean work surface. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of ground beef mixture onto the middle of the wrapper, then fold down the edges to enclose the filling.
- Pinch together all edges until closed securely and repeat with an entire batch of filling.
- Heat a large skillet over high heat and add about 1/4″ water or oil to the pan (enough to just coat the bottom). When hot, add as many wontons as will fit, seam side down (to protect fingers). Cook for 30 seconds on each side, or until lightly browned on both sides. Remove from pan and allow to drain briefly on paper towels before serving with dipping sauce.
Tips & tricks for smoked teriyaki beef jerky
- You can also freeze these for a couple of weeks before cooking to avoid last-minute stress.
- You can roll these up like you would sushi, but the wonton wrappers are a bit thicker and will add texture to your jerky. Don’t roll too tightly or the filling will burst out of the steam while cooking. Don’t roll too loosely or it will leak through the seams when cooking.
- Because of its lower fat content, ground turkey is great with this recipe if you can’t find lean ground beef or just prefer its taste.
- Try adding other ingredients to the jerky-like sesame seeds, dried fruit, or chili garlic sauce.
- I use my smoker to make this recipe a bit more flavorful. You can still use a skillet, but you may need to add a bit of liquid (water or soy sauce) and possibly reduce the heat as well.
- If you don’t have time to let your beef rest in the refrigerator, be sure to let it rest at least 10 minutes before cooking so that it is not still pink inside.
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Smoked teriyaki beef jerky is a wonderful addition to any meal. You don’t have to eat it with a fork–just eat it right out of the pan like a taco!
Note: I don’t use the word “unique” on my site often, but I must confess that this recipe is truly unique in that there aren’t many recipes out there that include wonton wrappers as part of their ingredients.