What did State Fair Visitors Say about It’s Jerky Y’all?

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You can find all kinds of tasty treats at the State Fair of Texas, but the 2018 Texas State Fair General Store offers something special. The store inside the GO TEXAN Pavilion is 3,000 square feet featuring only the products of Texas agriculture.  Everything in the pavilion is made with pride in the Lone Star State, including It’s Jerky Y’all, which was available for sale during the fair’s entire run.

If we did not have a chance to meet you when we were sampling our jerky at the fair, see what our taste testers had to say! And if you like what you see, buy online now or shop at the stores, restaurants and food trucks offering It’s Jerky Y’all.

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Chicken Fried “Steak” Waffles

Vegan Chicken Fried Steak and Waffles

Makes about 4-5 servings

2 bags of Pepper + Sea Salt Jerky
1/2 to 1 Cup Grapeseed Oil for frying

Dry Coating:

1 Cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/3 Cup Cornmeal (If available if not scratch out)
2 tsp Corn Starch
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 Tbsp Parsley
1 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Salt or to taste

Wet Batter:

1/2 Cup Navy Bean Aquafaba
1 Tbsp Salt
1/2 Cup Flour
1/4 Cup Water

Gravy:

2 Cans of Navy Beans
1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Tbsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Salt or to taste
1 de-seeded Jalapeno
1 Half Onion
2 Tbsp Corn Starch


Use your favorite vegan biscuit recipe! We used Minimalist Baker’s Biscuit Recipe because it’s our favorite!

Simply mix all dry coating ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. For the wet batter, whisk water, salt and aquafaba together until combined, then slowly add flour while stirring with your whisk to help cut down on any lumps.

Pour your grapeseed oil into your skillet and turn your burner to medium-high. When your oil is shimmering, test it by dropping a small amount of wet batter in it. If it immediately starts bubbling, you’re ready to fry! Then just take pieces of jerky and dip them in the wet batter, and then coat with the dry. Fry in the oil until golden brown, turning when needed.

To get your gravy ready, you’ll want to use a high-speed blender or food processor. Place all ingredients except for pepper in your blender and blend or process until smooth and creamy. Once this is done, place a pot or skillet on your stove and place temperature at medium-high and pour your gravy in. You’ll want to bring the gravy to a low simmer, being careful to stir often so that it will not burn. Once the gravy is thick enough to your liking, turn your burner off.

Build your waffles any way you want ‘em! Enjoy, y’all!

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Hatch Chipotle Tacos


Makes up to 15 Tacos

Filling:

1 1/2 Cups of Pre-Roasted Hatch Chili Peppers
2 Packages of Prickly Pear Chipotle Jerky
1/2 Cup Chopped Onions
1/2 Cup Fresh Corn
1/2 Cilantro
1 to 2 Tbsp of Grapeseed Oil (or cooking oil of choice)
1 tsp of Cumin
1 tsp of Paprika
1 tsp of Garlic Powder
Salt to taste

10 to 15 Corn or Flour Tortillas

Avocado and Pico De Gallo recommended for garnish.


Start with heating your cooking oil in a skillet at about medium to medium-high. When the oil is shimmering and ready, add the onions and sauté them until they begin to become translucent.

Add all of your spices and stir to coat the onions. Now you can add the jerky and hatch chilis, and allow them to cook together for about five to ten minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent anything from becoming too hot and sticking to the bottom of your pan.

Next, add your corn, and continue to sauté and stir the mixture until the corn is brighter in color and cooked through. Now you can turn your pan down to low, or even off depending on your stove and stir in the cilantro to wilt it down. Don’t overcook it! You still want it to be bright green. You can salt to taste here.

Once it’s done, simply take the mixture off the heat, and start building some amazing tacos, y’all! Warm or fire up your tortillas for best taco results.

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