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How to make Beef Jerky

This easy and great tasting beef jerky recipe is big on flavor, low on cost.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes


  • 3-4 lbs of lean beef. Eye of round bottom round, or sirloin work well.
  • 1 cup of Worcestershire
  • 1 cup of Soy Sauce
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 TBS of brown sugar
  • 1 TBS of onion powder
  • 1 TBS of garlic powder
  • 1 TBS of black pepper
  • 1 tsp of Tabasco
  • ¼ tsp of cayenne
  • ¼ tsp of chipotle optional
  • 1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 TBS of liquid smoke optional


  1. Trim all exterior fat and connective tissue from meat
  2. Cut meat across the grain in 3/16th of an inch slices (a deli slicer makes quick work of this)
  3. Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive container and mix together until ingredients have dissolved.
  4. Marinate meat a minimum of 12 hours 24 is preferred.
  5. Place meat in dehydrator or smoker at 155-165 for 5-8 hours or until dried to your liking (some people may want a soft and chewy jerky, while others want it crispy)