We thought we’d add a new recipe contest to our Iowa State Fair contest repertoire this year.
So many of the creative cooks we know love their dehydrators and smokers, and come up with some far out (and really tasty) things, that a “jerky-making” contest seemed like a natural addition to this year’s competitions.
Lean, trimmed meat that’s been cut into strips and dehydrated to prevent spoilage, jerky is a really basic, old-school food-preserving concept that seems to have gained in popularity in the last few years with the growth in popularity of meat-centric ways of eating (Atkins, Paleo, Keto, etc).
Our judges were glad to have been called up for “Jerky Duty”, since they got to try a variety of excellent dried-meat jerky entries last month during the 2019 Iowa State Fair.
Here are the top recipes: