Nigerian Beef Jerky (Kilishi)

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Nigerian Beef Jerky

Nigerian Beef Jerky is a spicy delicious snack, originated from the northern Nigeria. It is also known as kilishi and is similar to suya and beef skewers but the preparation and texture are not the same.

Traditionally, Nigerian Beef Jerky is dried under the sun's intense heat for about 3 days. It is soaked in kilishi spice mixture and spread on flat rafia baskets till it dries.

But am going to show you how to make Nigerian Beef Jerky under an hour.

Ingredients For Nigerian Beef Jerky
• 10 pieces wafer-thin beef
• 1 tablespoon suya spice
• 3 cloves of garlic
• 1 teaspoon cloves (Kanafuru)
• A small piece of ginger
• 1 small stock cube
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon dry cayenne pepper seeds

Notes on recipe:
1. Nigerian Beef Jerky is made from the reddest part of beef with no fat at all.

2. The beef should be cut as thin as possible. It is usually 3mm in thinness.

3. Be careful when adding salt else the Nigerian Beef Jerky will be over-seasoned when done.

4. You get the dry cayenne pepper seeds by removing the red part of the pepper.

Directions For Nigerian Beef Jerky
• Grind the cloves with a dry mill and set aside. Peel the garlic and ginger then grind into a smooth paste.

• Add the ground cloves and crushed stock cubes to the garlic and ginger paste. Add some water, stir and sieve to get an extract of these spices and seasoning.

• Next, add the suya spice and cayenne pepper seeds to the solution, stir and set aside. Slice the beef into very thin fillets and cut off all traces of fat from it.

• Set your oven to 250°C (475F) or Gas Mark 9 to preheat. If your oven has a fan, turn it on. It helps the beef dry faster.

• Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the fillets of beef and spread them around. Line your oven tray with a baking sheet and place the pieces of beef flat on it.

• Next, put the tray into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Flip the beef every 5 minutes for it to dry evenly. After 15 minutes, bring out the tray of beef from the oven.

• Now, brush the kilishi spice all over them, making sure that both sides of the beef are well covered. You can grill it after soaking in the kilishi solution.

• Put them back in the oven and bake for additional 10 to 15 minutes. Flip the beef from time to time. Nigerian Beef Jerky will become drier when it has completely cooled down.

• So don't let it become bone dry and crunchy in the oven. You want it dry and chewy. That's it, Nigerian Beef Jerky is ready.

• Nigerian Beef Jerky can be served alone or with any drink of your choice. Enjoy!

• Please share and leave a comment below, and don't forget to give me feedback on how your Nigerian Beef Jerky turned out.


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