Steak Dry Rub beef jerky

Steak Dry Rub Beef Jerky (Step by Step)

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Steak dry rub is one of my favorite types of beef jerky. It’s delicious and the meat doesn’t require a marinade. I can start cooking in the morning and have delicious jerky for lunch!

Get the Ingredients: Beef and Seasoning

For preparation, I used my favorite cut of beef (eye of round), which was purchased at a nearby Walmart. I then cut off all fat. This is an important step because fat spoils faster than beef — a problem for long term jerky storage.

Cutting off the fat for steak dry rub beef jerky
Cutting off all fat from our choice of beef – eye of round

Slice Your Meat

The next step is to slice the beef.

For easier cutting, you can put the beef in the freezer for about an hour.

The only ingredient that’s required for this recipe is the seasoning — Grill Mates Brown Sugar Bourbon.

Ingredients for steak dry rub beef jerky
Ingredients, which include sliced beef for steak dry rub beef jerky

Mix the Sliced Meat with Seasoning

The next step is to mix the seasoning and beef.

Here’s a picture of what mine looked like.

Spice mixed with beef, before dehydrated
Beef mixed with seasoning (Grill Mates Brown Sugar Bourbon), before dehydration

Dehydrate Your Slices for Easily Prepared Beef Jerky

There are different ways for drying beef: in an oven, in an electric smoker, or in a dehydrator.

I prefer the use of a dehydrator. It’s an incredibly easy-to-use device and they’re inexpensive.

Beef placed on our dehydrator
Beef placed on our dehydrator

The drying time can vary from 4 to 10 hours. The temperature can also vary from 125 F to 160 F.

The thickness of the sliced meat is the variable here, but also personal taste preferences. I like my jerky dry and thin. The best option for me was 6 hours at 160 F, but I’d suggest you check your strips after around 4 hours, and every 30 minutes afterward for an optimal flavor.

After the beef has been dried for 6 hours
What beef jerky looks like after being dehydrated for 6 hours

The beef jerky is fully cooked if you bend it and it starts to break off.


This recipe serves 5 people and requires a total time of 6 hours and 30 minutes to make.

  • preparation time: 30 minutes
  • cooking time: 6 hours
1 lb. of beef; I chose eye of round but you can use your favorite cut (any could work)$5 per 1 lb. at Walmart; keep in mind that you’ll upwards of 60% of your beef during the dehydration process
1/4 cup of Grill Mates Brown Sugar Bourbon~$4 for a 9.75 oz. container
Total Cost:$9/~7 oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients), or
$6/~7 oz. (partial cost as you’ll still have 3/4 of your seasoning)

Quick Instructions

  1. Cut off all fat from your meat and then place in the freezer for about an hour
  2. Slice the beef thinly — to your liking
  3. Mix your seasoning with the sliced beef
  4. Dry your beef jerky for approximately 6 hours using a dehydrator

Enjoy your steak dry rub beef jerky and don’t forget to store it safely.

Steak dry rub beef jerky
Steak dry rub beef jerky

Random Beef Jerky Joke:

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