Good Eats

Season 9 Episode 3

Urban Preservation II: The Jerky

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 29, 2005 on Food Network
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Urban Preservation II: The Jerky
Thin, naturally dried slices of beef get the Alton treatment. Learn to select the right cut of beef, marinate, slice, and fan-dry the savory snack. Even use it as a naturally preserved and very portable ingredient for outdoor cooking. Recipes featured in this episode: - Beef Jerky.moreless

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  • I've never made Jerky, but I might now.

    Beef Jerky is one of the more popular snacks in convenience stores. It makes for a great snack for the road or a hike. As usual, AB shows us the ins and outs about making Jerky.

    I thought it was great to see "W" in the new season. The whole "I Dream of Jeannie" thing was great.

    The little Blowhard 4000 joke was nice, and it was good to see this setup return after originally being used in an episode about herbs.

    Although I've never considered jerky, I just might give it a try. You don't need to buy one of those expensive food dehydrators.moreless
Vickie Eng

Vickie Eng


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Deborah Duchon

Deborah Duchon

Nutritional Anthropologist

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Alton: (finds W in "I Dream of Jeannie" costume in a desert tent) What's this? It appears that I've stumbled into some kind of traveling culinary bazaar. And look, there's a deserted desert damsel in distress.
      W: Who are you calling "damsel"?
      Alton: You're right. "Veiled threat" would be more appropriate.

    • Alton: What you've got here, kids, is the perfect marriage of protein, flavor, and good old-fashioned chewiness. And it's naturally preserved. You know, American frontiersmen used to live on this stuff for months at a time. Properly packaged, jerky will keep for years without refrigeration.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Biker: Who was that mysterious rider?

      This is a variation on the line usually uttered by bystanders as the Lone Ranger rides away after helping, "Who was that masked man?"

    • I Dream of Jeannie
      W's outfit and background theme, her accusations of Alton having a "Major Nelson" fantasy, Alton's response of "Don't worry, Jeannie" and W's newfound powers are all allusions to the TV classic "I Dream of Jeannie".

    • Alton Brown: "While my jerky gently steeps..."
      A play on the title of the Beatles song, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

    • The Jerky
      The title may be a reference to the 1979 Steve Martin film The Jerk.