Keto beef jerky recipe

Keto Beef Jerky Recipe

Have you been thinking about going keto but don’t know where to start? This keto beef jerky recipe will give you a good idea of the types of foods that are not only keto-friendly but also delicious.

No need to head to the store or specialty shop when it’s so easy to make on your own!

Ingredients for Keto Beef Jerky

Ingredients for keto beef jerky recipe
Ingredients for Keto beef jerky recipe

Selecting a Beef for Our Recipe

When you are making beef jerky, the fat in the meat makes a big difference. The fatter you are cutting, the more likely your jerky will spoil.

So we used eye of round because it has less fat and it’s affordable, but you can use other cuts like sirloin tip or bottom round too.

For this recipe, I bought Eye of round beef at Walmart for $6.61/per lb.

Our choice of beef – Eye of round
Our choice of beef – Eye of round

How to Prepeare the Beef

To Trim the Fat

You are trying to make good beef jerky, right? Good jerky does not have any extra fat.

Trim the fat off the meat so it lasts longer and tastes better.

Cutting off fat from the beef
Cutting off fat from our beef

I weighed the meat before I started making jerky.

Weighing meat in grams (460 grams)
Weighing meat in grams (460 grams/16,2oz.)

To Cut the Beef

When you remove the fat, put the beef in the freezer for an hour or two. You want it to be firm so it is easier to cut. Do not forget about it!

Now cut the beef into strips that are no more than ¼ inch thick. Cut across the grain of the meat so that your jerky is more tender and has a better texture.

Cutting frozen meat
Cutting frozen meat

How to Marinade the Beef

The next step is to mix ingredients in the right proportions with a measuring cup.

Measuring cup for coking the marinade

Put meat in a container and add the marinade to the meat. Put the container in the fridge for 7-24 hours.

Shake it once or twice so that it doesn’t get stuck to one side.

Mixing the marinade and meat for Keto beef jerky
Mixing the marinade and meat for Keto beef jerky

Dehydrating Our Beef

You will need to drain the liquid of your beef. You can do this by placing the beef on a paper towel for a few minutes. The paper towel will absorb any excess marinade, and your beef will be ready to dry. But it’s okay to skip this step.

Placing the beef on a paper towel
Placing the beef on a paper towel

The dehydration process can take between 4 and 8 hours. It depends on the thickness of the meat, the temperature, and how you are dehydrating it. If you use an electric smoker, the cooking time is between 7 and 8 hours. If you use an oven or a dehydrator, it takes 6 hours at 160 F.

I prefare to use the dehydrator (see in the pictures).

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Our beef placed on the dehydrator
Our beef placed on the dehydrator

After cooking my jerky, it weighed it. It was 6.63 oz. or 188 grams. The process removed 9.57 oz of weight through the cooking process which equates to a 59% loss of weight.

Weighing meat after cooking
Weighing meat after cooking (188 grams/6,63 oz.)

Recipe

Makes 5 servings
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Marinade Time: 7-24 hours,
Drying Time: 4 – 8 hours

Ingredients Cost
1 lb. of beef; I choose Eye of round beef, but any could work $6.61 per 1 lb. at Walmart
1 ½ tsp liquid smoke hickory$1.34 for a 4 oz. container at Walmart
(2 tbsp per one oz. means that 1.5 tablespoons equate to 0.26 cents)
6 tablespoon soy sauce
$1.52 for a 5 oz. container at Walmart
(2 tbsp per oz. means that 6 tbsp equates to 0.91 cents )
5 garlic clovesBetween $0.4 and $0.5 per whole garlic at Walmart
(5 garlic cloves equates to 0.20 cents)
1 teaspoon sea salt$1.96 for 2.12 oz. a container at Walmart
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.15)
3 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce$1.00 for a 10 oz. container at Wallmart
(2 tbsp per oz. means that 3 tbsp equates to 0.15 cents)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper$3.98 for 3.12 oz. a container at Walmart
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.21 cents)
1 teaspoon onion powderBetween $4 and $5 for a 1.73 oz. container
(6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.38 cents)
1 teaspoon white wine vinegarBetween $2.27 per 16 oz. container in Walmart
(6 tsp per oz. means that 1 tsp equates to 0.02 cents)
Total Cost: $8.89/6.63 oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients)

Shot Instruction

  1. Cut the fat off of your beef, then freeze it for 1 to 2 hours before cutting it into thin slices no thicker than ¼ inch.
  2. Mix the marinade ingredients in a container and add your beef. Put the mixture in the refrigirator for 7-24 hours in the fridge.
  3. Take out any excess marinade with a paper towel.
  4. Dry in a food dehydrator at 160 degrees F for 4-5 hours (thin strips) or 5-8 hour (thick strips).

Last update on 2022-01-25

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

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