Brad Makes Beef Jerky | It's Alive | Bon Appétit

Published on Sep 6, 2018
Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Manager Brad Leone is back for episode 38 of “It’s Alive” and this time he's making beef jerky. Join Brad as he walks you through cutting, seasoning, and dehydrating two flavors of jerky.

Check out the recipes here!
The Old Timer:
1¼ lb. eye of round beef
3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. drained capers
1 Tbsp. caper liquid
1 tsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. dried oregano
1½ tsp. Tellicherry pepper

Bringin’ the Funk:
1¼ lb. beef
10 dashes fish sauce
2 Tbsp. honey
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 garlic cloves
1 Fresno chile
1 1" piece ginger
¼ cup gochujang
¼ tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
Sesame seeds (for topping)

Join Bon Appétit test kitchen manager, Brad Leone, on a wild, roundabout and marginally scientific adventure exploring fermented foods and more. From cultured butter and kombucha, to kimchi and miso, to beer and tepache, learn how to make fermented and live foods yourself.
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  • Soz, I stopped at 10:00, I couldn't watch any longer. I am sick of you be "funny". Yesterday I watched about 90 minutes of Claire.

  • Andy's extra sassy today!

  • 7:27 I stan those two so hard

  • Where are the new episodes?!

  • Brad and Clair are my favorite. ^_^

  • I love brad and his adhd lol😊🙌

  • I think Brad can speak faster than he thinks!

  • Him saying selp helf literally made me almost die of laughter 🤣 loving these brad videos I'm binging them rn

  • I died when he said gochuJANG

  • The gouji stuff looked like Harrisa

  • Carne Seca is a big deal in New Mexico, we loves it, try green chile.

  • Liquid smoke

  • Go-ju-jang omg that mispronunciation ;_; its killing me

  • Brad

  • Bless him. He's special. XD

  • when I was in Sudan, my late aunt used to make plane beef jerky, she'd spread them on the laundry rope which was like 2 miters high, one day we saw the cat just pouncing and snatching the jerky one by one, we told aunty , and she chased the cat with a broom.. good days .. lots of memories

  • Add a PID controller to your dehydrator.

  • this is for you Babi *mwah*

  • What knife is that?

  • Adding vinegar to the mix makes it super good

  • couldn't you just mix it in the bag directly?

  • Mango Achaar with Priya!

  • In South Africa we got a different take on beef jerky, but we call in "Biltong". Another dried item we make is "droëwors" which means dried sausage. If done well, it's amazing!


  • I feel like he’s talking to me.

  • Ok hear me out. Add Grape and cranberry in the marinade.

  • 7:35 Oh my... 😍

  • Too much editing

  • You've got dreamy eyes

  • Why are the others so awkward?


  • I wonder what he was looking at??? I know it wasn’t the dino.....9:18

  • I've never had jerky, is it good?

    • I like it now. But when I was younger I always thought it was a type of candy (cause I'd see other kids eating it) and expecting something sweet caused me to be very off put by the taste. Tried it again much later and I think it's really good :D!

  • I make a homemade swish chalet sauce turkey jerky that is ridiculously yummy!

  • I make a homemade swish chalet sauce turkey jerky that is ridiculously yummy!

  • 3:21 the way he says Worcestershire is a Bugs Bunny joke. Glad he picked up on it.

  • Ruby Tuesday is a Redbone Coonhound, Brad c:

  • Camera shake tho

  • The editor is like some dude from the comment section

  • Mac DeMarco's big brother?

  • Lois and Clark you say? Lois Laine and Clark Kent had beef jerky

  • Im like 75% sure he has ADHD 😂

  • Buddy is the life of the channel! Good guy! Great guy!

  • Make other types of jerky, salmon or venison

  • i didnt even realize he said self help wrong

  • great video and all but wHere do i get that tiny measuring cup

  • We ever gonna see Vinnies face???

  • Brad, you're by far my favorite on BA, haha.

  • whoever does the editing for this video series, thank you

  • I've been making our own jerky since I saw this video - top sirloin roasts are always on sale. Our oven only goes to 170 so I prop the door/light with a tea towel (and open a window!) for about 4.5 hours. It's nice to make exactly what you like - Jack Links discontinued the Cholulah flavour but now I've got a better, cheaper alternative. Everyone who loves jerky should try it!

  • I suspected there was a Deadhead on the set when I spotted a Jerry in Egypt sticker on the printer. Got anything planned for the Days Between 2019?

  • anyone know what that orange stuff they're always drinking is?

  • why is everyone there gay

  • 15:17 Did anyone catch the Avatar the Last Airbender reference xD

  • People aren’t even here to see the jerky, they are here to see Brad. I’m here because brad is hilarious ahaha

  • “What this doesn’t go here, YA KNO-“

  • Jerseys crap, make some biltong

  • does the guy behind Brad hate him lmaooo

  • 2:05 gives me so much life

  • @6:33 the whitest pronunciation of gochujang I've heard, almost on par with every other white person including Ryan Seacrest calling Gangnam Style an actual "gaaang". Please learn how to properly pronounce these "on trend" items before butchering them and still capitalizing on other people's ethnic food/culture

  • What are these peoples jobs

  • He reminds me of the guy from Gilmore girls

  • Just wanna point out, when he's talking to Amiel, and he says "we're not paying him" the closed captions in English say, "We're not banging him"

  • Name a better duo vinny+brad 4ever

  • Excalibur make half decent 9 tray dyhydrators with temp setting dial. I got 2.

  • More like a soap opra! Apart from the recipe itself, I found myself watching it for fun! Good job

  • I like how he’s like the loudest one in the kitchen 😂 and everyone is lookin at him😑 ahhh he’s amazing👍I also like how he over explains everything lol

  • This guy is amazing

  • Brad should try carne seca

  • He is my type ❤️

  • I'm a vegetarian..but this dude.. He is just too cute.

  • Very entertaining bed this dude gets really high makes great food

  • 8:18 had me DYING

  • My boyfriend keeps asking me the reason why I watch these vídeos all the time since I don't cook anything. A 6 foot 4 reason with blue eyes and huge hands.

  • It pains me how Americans can't pronounce Worcester. It's literally just wus-ter

  • Brad slapping his meat 16:11

  • Brad is every sous chef i've ever met. Love it.

  • I love this man

  • Excalibur dehydrators are where it’s at

  • "basket hound" hahahhahahahaha he means basset hound

  • "Beef jerky time!"

  • Who’s man is this 😂😂😂

  • The way you pronounce gochujang made me cringe so hard :p. Great vid.

  • by far the best edited video, I love how he messes up transitions but then they just include all of it

  • @16:00 "No no no, alright Mr. Editor" Vinnie: "I did it anyway"

  • For my jerky recipe, I marinate 1-2 jalepinoes in white vinegar for three days. After that, I dice them, put it in a bowl (with seeds), add a 1:1 ratio of soy sauce and beef broth. Then I add a bottle of chipotle tabasco, some red pepper flakes, black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. I leave it to marinate with the meat over night, and you can cook it any way you want. I like to make thin jerky with it. Almost paper thin, like a meat chip. It flakes off in the mouth and dissolves into flavorful bits (some of my family can't do hard and chewy). Honestly, I don't know the temperature, because the dehydrator I had was extremely sketchy. Anyone interested by this recipe can feel free to play with the times and temps at their discretion. The Jerky comes out with a nice kick, and I don't find it to be too spicy. I especially like the addition of a nice, organic broth because it really helps concentrate that beef flavor. Some people might choose to use bullion, and that turns out good too.

  • ... DELANEY.

  • 0:46 😂😂😂

  • I am in love with brad

  • this is the oldest mans I have ever had a crush on... is this my daddy issues?

  • Brown sugar, Sambal, and soy are great flavors.

  • why does lizard boy look like elite skin pulse from r6

  • 13:04 Molly has unlocked the secret stealth level in the BA test kitchen.

  • It’s WOS-TER sauce

  • He's too cute to be allowed.

  • My goal in life is really to be as loved as Brad is in the comment sections.

  • Only blacks would dislike this

  • lookit that matheson cameo!!

  • I need me a man like brad

  • Or Google it 😂😂