How to Make Beef Jerky

Dreaming of making some of your own beef jerky at home but don’t want the hassle, so you go out and buy some? Yikes, the price is enough to make you change your mind about making it right? No worries, we have the best beef jerky recipes that will whet your appetite and save you some change too.

It’s not as hard as you might think it is. Yes, it takes some time, but the results are well worth it. So, grab a pencil or just print this page out and you are good to go.

This beef jerky recipe is a favorite of many beef lovers and lends itself to many variations on the recipe we have here. You will love this because you can pack it anywhere. Just watch yourself around dogs though or you will become a magnet.

Your choice of cuts is the ticket here, so if you like Sirloin or London Broil, then go for it. Make sure you pick a lean cut though with as little fat as possible. This helps speed up drying time. The next thing you want to do is cut your meat up into very thin, thin strips, say about 1/8″ thick. You could have them thicker, but it will slow down drying time.

Hints: ask the butcher to do this for you or in the alternative partially freeze it at home before slicing.

Once you are ready to cut the meat, if the butcher didn’t do it for you, cut it with or against the grain. With the grain is way easier to chew, but that is up to you. If you like it REALLY chewy go against the grain. Cut the fat off, as fat does not dry.

Ok, next you need to marinate the meat. You can make your own or buy some from the store. Our suggestion is you use sea salt (that way it won’t toughen the meat) and cider vinegar for that tangy flavor. You can leave it as little as four hours, but we seriously suggest going for 24 hours for the best results.

Most of the best beef jerky recipes use marinade, but some people consider marinating optional, because it can make the meat wetter and slow down drying and make the jerky stickier. This is personal preference, and you may choose either way depending on what you prefer. When this stage is done, coat the meat with the spices your like, spray the racks of your dehydrator with non-stick cooking spray and pop them in with enough room around the pieces to let the air flow properly. Try not to let the meat touch.

There you have it. Now all you have to do is wait, check, watch, check again and in about 6 to 12 hours you will have beef jerky that your neighbors will visit you to sample.The trick here is to check it regularly after about 6 hours to test it for the consistency you want. You may have to test cut slices to make sure it isn’t raw inside. It should be a deep red or burgundy color when done.

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