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:

Place the beef strips into the marinade bowl so that they are fully covered, cover the bowl, and place it into the fridge. For simplicity sake, you can let the bowl sit for three hours, but overnight is still best.

Step 2: Remove Excess Moisture From the Meat

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Preheat your oven to 175° F. Prepare your rack by placing a baking sheet that has been lined with aluminum foil onto it, and then a wire rack over the foil.

Remove moisture from the beef strips using a paper towel and then place them onto the wire rack.

Step 3: Dry the Meat for 3 to 4 Hours

Bake the beef for 3 to 4 hours, until the surface becomes leathery and the meat is fully dry.

Step 4: Remove From Oven, Cool, and Cut

Let the jerky cool down for a few hours and then cut it into smaller pieces using kitchen scissors.


And that’s all there is to it! You can now begin your homemade beef jerky voyage using this easy to replicate recipe. Be sure to try out one of the more complicated recipes once you have perfected this one.

Simple Beef Jerky Recipe #2

Below is another relatively simple beef jerky recipe that can be made in either your food dehydrator or 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:

Put the beef strips into a 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.

"You might be a redneck if you think that beef jerky and moon pies are two of the major food groups."
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