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Oven Baked Chinese Pork Jerky

Oven Baked Chinese Pork Jerky with Orange & Ginger from Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook {AIP, coconut free} | http://meatified.com
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Ingredients

For the marinade:

Instructions

  1. MARINATE: Cut the pork into evenly-sized strips about 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Use an immersion blender to combine all the marinade ingredients. Put the sliced pork into a freezer bag and pour the marinade over. Mix the pork and marinade together so that the pork is evenly coated, then seal the bag and put it into a bowl to catch any leaks. Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  2. COOK: Preheat the oven to 300 °F (150°C). Line two baking trays with foil – this is just to catch any marinade that drips. Place two oven-safe wire racks onto the baking trays. Shake any excess marinade from the pork strips and lay them out on the wire racks, making sure none of the pieces are touching each other. Bake for 20 minutes, until the pork is fully cooked and has an internal temperature of at least 140°F (60°C). Don’t skip this step! This is how we avoid any bacterial nasties that could potentially cause sickness.
  3. DRY: Reduce the oven temperature to 170°F (75°C) – or the lowest temperature your oven will reach. Bake until the jerky is dry, but still pliable, about 3 hours, rotating the trays half way through the cooking time. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

Make sure to use avocado oil in the marinade. Coconut oil will clump up and solidify in the fridge, which means the marinade won’t coat evenly and will fall off.

My butcher will very kindly slice my pork super thin for me. However, if that’s not an option for you, the easiest way to slice the pork very thinly is to put it into the freezer for 20-30 minutes to firm up before you slice it with a knife. You can also buy thicker cut pork and use a meat tenderizer to pound it out thinly. If that’s not an option, you can make this jerky with thicker pieces, but you will need to increase both the marinating and drying times: ¼ inch (6 mm) thick pieces will need about 6 hours of drying time.