It’s almost that time of the year – the one day when you get to ignore your diet, pack some post-meal sweat pants, and indulge in a mouthwatering, home cooked Thanksgiving dinner. We all love the Thanksgiving classics, but why not make things interesting this year with some savory jerky-based recipes? Whether you’re looking to spice things up or just add some extra flavor to your favorite meals, these recipes will make this year’s Thanksgiving one for the books.
1. Beef Jerky Beans
Instead of throwing processed bacon bits in with the beans this year, try using beef jerky as a better option to give the big pot of beans a little kick.
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 3 cups onion, chopped
- 1 cup green peppers, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup “Mesquite BBQ” Beef Jerky (by Get Some Jerky)
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 3 cans pinto beans (15 oz)
- Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat.
- Add onion, peppers, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add chicken broth, beef jerky, molasses, cumin, and beans. Bring to a boil, stir occasionally.
- Cover, reduce, and simmer 1 hour.
- Uncover and cook until liquid is reduced to half.
2. Cornbread with Jerky
Cornbread is a comfort food staple, so it might seem weird to mess with this traditional favorite, but where’s the excitement in sticking with tradition?
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3/4 cup cornmeal
- 3/4 cup flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp coarse kosher salt
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 4 oz “Candied Sriracha” Bacon Jerky (by Get Some Jerky)
- Preheat oven to 425 and butter an 8-inch square baking pan.
- Sauté butter and Bacon Jerky in pan for 4 minutes.
- Whisk cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl.
- Whisk sour cream, milk, and egg in medium bowl.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients, mixing into a blend.
- Stir in jerky-butter mixture.
- Pour into pan and bake until browned, about 20 minutes.
3. Jerky Gravy
Okay. Saddle up for this one. This cowboy-style recipe might leave a little less room in your stomach for other foods, but we promise it’ll be worth it.
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup milk
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup “Black Label Whiskey” Beef Jerky (by Get Some Jerky), chopped
- Mix cornstarch, butter, and milk and heat until brought to a boil.
- Boil for 1 minute, then add beef jerky.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.