Peppered beef jerky recipe

Peppered Beef Jerky Recipe (Step by Step)

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This is one of my favorite beef jerky recipes! It’s filled with a plethora of seasonings so it tastes delicious! I highly recommend you try it.

Ingredients

Before you start making peppered beef jerky, make sure that you have the following ingredients:

For this recipe, I decided to try top round London broil beef, which I bought at Walmart for $5.84/per lb.

Our choice of beef is London broil
Our choice of beef – top round London broil

One of the advantages of buying this cut of beef is that it’s almost fat-free. If it contains any at all, it’s necessary to cut (see below).

Cutting off fat from our choice of beef - London broil
Cutting off fat from our choice of beef – top round London broil

I initially weighed the meat to determine how much jerky we’ll have after dehydrating the beef.

Weighing meat before dehydration in oz
Weighing meat in oz. (15.2 ounces = 0.95 lb. of beef as 16 ounces is 1 lb.)
Weighing meat in grams
Weighing meat in grams (430g, which is 0.43 kg)

Now it’s time to cut the beef. My suggestion is to place your beef in the freezer for one to two hours before cutting as cutting slightly frozen meat is easier. Try to slice the beef as thinly as you can.

Cutting meat for Peppered beef jerky
Cutting meat for peppered beef jerky

The next step is to gather all the ingredients and make a marinade. You’ll need to mix the ingredients that we listed above in the right proportions.

Ingredients for Peppered beef jerky
Ingredients for peppered beef jerky

See the measuring cup below.

Measuring cup for cooking marinade
Measuring cup

Now you’ll mix your marinade and beef, letting it sit between 6 and 24 hours. The longer you marinate the beef, the stronger the flavor is.

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

Dehydrate Your Slices

After marinating the beef you’ll need to drain any excess liquid. You can do this by placing the beef on a paper towel for a few minutes. The paper towel(s) will absorb any excess marinade.

Place strips on paper towels for removing the marinade
Place strips on paper towels for removing the marinade

The next step is dehydration, which can be done in one of three ways: in an oven, in an electric smoker, or in a dehydrator. My preference is to use this dehydrator (Amazon link), which is what you see in the pictures.

Beef placed on the dehydrator for drying
Beef placed on the dehydrator for drying

The dehydration process can vary between 4 and 10 hours. It depends on the thickness of sliced meat, the temperature and the method of dehydration. If you use an electric smoker, the cooking time is between 7 and 8 hours. If you use an oven or a dehydrator, the time is approximately 6 hours at 160 F.

Beef London broil looks like after dehydration
What beef London broil looks like after dehydration

After cooking, my jerky weighs 6.5 oz or 183 grams. The process removed 8.5 oz. of weight, which constituted a 58% loss of weight. Now you know why jerky is so expensive!

Weighing meat for our recipe in oz
Weighing meat after cooking in oz
Weighing meat for our recipe in grams
Weighing meat after cooking in grams

Recipe

This recipe serves 5 people and required for me 13 hours and 30 minutes to make.

  • preparation time: 30 minutes
  • marinade time: 7 hours
  • drying time: 6 hours
Ingredients Cost
1 lb. of beef; I choose top round London broil beef, but any could work$5.84 per 1 lb. at Walmart
1/4 teaspoon of Prague Powder #1 curing saltBetween $12 and $13 for a 2.5 lb. pack
(96 teaspoons per pound means that 1/4 of a teaspoon equates to 0.01 cents)
1/4 cup soy sauce$1.52 for a 5 oz. container at Walmart
(1/4 cup or 2 oz. = 0.61 cents)
1/4 cup cold waterI used tap water so it was essentially free
1/2 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 cents or 0.08 cents per 1/2 teaspoon)
2 tablespoon brown sugar$2.17 for 2lb. a container at Walmart
( 31 tbsp. per pound means that 2 tbls equates to 0.07 cents )
2 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 or 0.42 cents per 2 teaspoons )
1/4 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 or 0.10 cents per 1/4 teaspoon )
1/2 teaspoon garlic powderBetween $4 and $5 for a 2.33 oz. container
( 6 tsp. per oz. means that 1 teaspoon equates to 0.28 cents or 0.14 cents per 1/2 teaspoon )
Total Cost:$7.27/6.5 oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients)

Shot Instruction

  1. Cut off all fat from the beef and place it (the beef) in the freezer for between one and two hours.
  2. Slice thinly your meat.
  3. Prepare the marinade for peppered beef jerky. You’ll need to mix all the ingredients mentioned above.
  4. Add your beef to the marinade and place it in the refrigerator for between 7 and 24 hours. (Remember, longer means a stronger flavor.)
  5. Dehydrate the beef using your favorite method and enjoy your homemade jerky!
Peppered beef jerky

Random Beef Jerky Joke:

Beef jerky is the result of cows staring at Chuck Norris too long.