Trail mix and beef jerky are the culinary counterparts of hiking boots and cargo shorts. They belong in the great outdoors and I am suspicious of them in urban setting. I am far from being the outdoorsy type even though I am athletically-inclined. Call me a princess, but the whole concept of camping, lack of running water, no flushing toilet, and sharing my living space with critters stresses me out to no ends. Given my aversion, it is a small miracle that I am planning a 6-days hiking trip in New Zealand’s North Island later this year. I am excited about the new experience but also a bit skeptical of my ability to adapt.
In the spirit of theme cooking, I made my first batch of beef jerky last weekend. I occasionally indulge in Jack Links on road trips when they are one of the few nutritionally sound snacks available at gas stations. I never consider making it at home even though my paleo/crossfit/Atkins-preaching friends swear by it. My interest was piqued when I came across savorthis’ contest-winning recipe from food52. Bulgogi jerky sounds absolutely fantastic featuring some of my favourite flavour profiles from Korean cuisine.