Oven Beef Jerky Recipes

Beef jerky
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  • 4 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yield: 3/4 pound beef jerky
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You do not need a dehydrator to make this easy and flavorful beef jerky at home. It can be dried in a conventional oven in your own kitchen. However, if you happen to own a dehydrator, you certainly can use this marinade on beef dried using that device.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound boneless top round steak or London broil, trimmed of fat
  • 1/4 cup liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

How to Make It

  1. Wrap the beef in plastic wrap and freeze 30 to 60 minutes until firm, but not rock-hard. (This makes it easier to slice evenly.)
  2. Using a sharp knife, slice the beef across the grain into thin strips about 1/4-inch thick.
  3. Place liquid smoke, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a large zip-top freezer bag. Seal and squish to combine.
  4. Place beef strips in the marinade, re-seal, and toss to coat. Open bag, squeeze out all the air, seal, and refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight.
  1. Heat oven to 250 F. Place a baking rack in a jellyroll pan and set aside.
  2. Drain meat strips from marinade and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Arrange beef strips on the baking rack set in the jellyroll pan in a single layer with room in between for air circulation.
  4. Bake for about 4 hours, until dry to the touch. Remove from oven and let air-dry in a cool dry place for another 24 hours.
  5. Store in a covered container or zip-top bag.

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