Hawaiian-Style Beef Jerky Recipe (Pipi Kaula) Recipe

Hawaiian-Style Beef Jerky Recipe (Pipi Kaula) Recipe

The Spruce / Christine Ma

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 7 hrs
Total: 7 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 1 pound jerky
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
322 Calories
13g Fat
5g Carbs
44g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 322
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 4161mg 181%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 662mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Ginger and soy sauce are the secrets to this Hawaiian-style beef jerky, known as pipi kaula (beef rope). It is made in a drying box in the sun, or in a conventional oven, or an electric dehydrator. There's no harm in using your oven; it's certainly the most accessible tool and easiest if you're brand new to the process. This recipe is reprinted with permission from "Ethnic Foods of Hawaii" by Ann Kondo Corum (Bess Press).

Jerky's origins are, as you might expect, borne of practicality, despite the fact that it's now an incredibly popular snack whose offerings have diversified considerably. (You can make jerky out of almost any kind of meat imaginable.) Jerky was originally a way of preserving meat, fish, and poultry when refrigerators were just a glimmer in the inventor's eye. When live game was scarce or if someone was out on a long trek and needed sustenance, jerky came in handy. You could reconstitute the dried protein in soups and stews for a tasty, protein-rich meal.

These days, for many people, jerky is as likely to provide sustenance on long hikes or camping trips as it is to be eaten in much different environs: as a straight-up snack for those who are following a protein-rich diet.


  • 2 pounds flank steak

  • 3/4 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Hawaiian salt

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 piece ginger, crushed

  • 1 red chile pepper, crushed, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Hawaiian-Style Beef Jerky Recipe (Pipi Kaula) Recipe ingredients

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  2. Cut the flank steak into strips about 1 1/3 inches wide.

    flank steak cut into strips

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  3. In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, Hawaiian salt, sugar, minced garlic, crushed ginger, and crushed red chile pepper, if using, to create the marinade.

    combine soy sauce, Hawaiian salt, sugar, minced garlic, crushed ginger, and crushed red chile pepper in a bowl

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  4. Put the beef in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap, or place the steak in a resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate and marinate overnight

    beef strips in a bowl with marinade

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  5. Pre heat oven to 175 F. Place meat on a rack, such as a cookie cooling rack. Place rack on a cookie sheet.

    Place meat on a rack on top of a baking sheet and bake on the rack

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  6. Dry meat in the oven for 7 hours. Store the jerky in the refrigerator.

    Hawaiian-Style Beef Jerky Recipe (Pipi Kaula) Recipe on a metal rack

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  • If you have a traditional drying box, simply place the marinated meat in hot sun for two days, bringing it in at night until desired jerky consistency is reached.
  • If drying in an electric dehydrator, follow the manufacturer's directions.

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