Why would you make something you can buy at any corner store? Because you can, and because it’s a lot cooler to pull out a bag with beef jerky that you slow-cooked yourself than to unwrap processed beef jerky. Try it, tear off a piece and hand it to a friend. See what happens.

This technique takes some time, however, so don’t plan on tearing into a piece tonight. This jerky also packs some heat, so it’s best enjoyed with an ice cold beer.