Simple Beef Jerky Recipes

Best Simple Beef Jerky Recipes

Although making your own homemade beef jerky can be a very rewarding endeavor that will save you money and give you a product much tastier than what’s available in stores, it can be daunting for first-timers. As such, there are many great recipes that are easy on new jerky makers, including the ones outlined below.

Simple Beef Jerky Recipe #1

Although the marinade ingredients are similar to those found in other recipes, this method has been simplified in such a way that you needn’t worry over fancy gadgets and long prep time.

Step 1: Collect and Mix the Ingredients

For starters, begin with two pounds of top round beef that have been sliced very thin and trimmed of fat.

Next, assemble your marinade by mixing the following into a large bowl:

  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup of your home oven.

    Step 1: Collect and Mix the Ingredients

    You’ll first slice your two pounds of round roast beef into thin slices.

    Then, you’ll mix the marinade together in a large container using the following:

    • 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke
    • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
    • 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
    • garlic powder, and onion powder
    • 2/3 cup of both Worcestershire and large Ziploc bag and pour the marinade on top of them. Place this bag into the fridge overnight.

      Step 2: Remove Excess Moisture From the Meat

      The next day, remove the beef strips from the bag and use a paper towel to remove excess moisture from them.

      Step 3: Dry the Meat for Approximately 4 Hours

      After, it’s time to dry your meat into jerky.

      If you are using a dehydrator, then place the meat onto one layer and set it to 160° F. If you are using your oven, then use its wire racks instead, making sure to layer aluminum foil underneath to catch drippings from the jerky.

      It should take around four hours to dry your beef. You should rotate the racks (or turn over the jerky strips) every hour to ensure complete drying of each piece.

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