Teriyaki Beef Jerky Recipe

Beef Jerky
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  • 8 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 1/2 pound jerky (6 servings)
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This beef jerky recipe is made with a beef cut known as London broil and marinated before drying in teriyaki, soy sauce, orange juice, and honey.

Plan ahead because you will need to marinate overnight and the drying time can take 8 to 12 hours. You can make this jerky in a standard oven or in a dehydrator.

A typical jerky loses half of its starting weight in moisture, so 1 pound of London broil will yield 1/2 to /3 pound jerky. You can double this recipe if you have adequate drying space.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (not onion salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 2/3 cup bottled teriyaki marinade
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (no-pulp)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 pound London broil (sliced across the grain into 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick strips)

How to Make It

Tip: If you partially freeze the London broil just until ice crystals form, it will be much easier to cut it into thin strips.

Marinate the Meat

  1. In a medium, nonreactive bowl, whisk together brown sugar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper.
  2. Add teriyaki marinade, orange juice, water, honey, soy sauce and liquid smoke. Whisk until salt has dissolved.
  3. Place London broil beef strips in a large freezer zip-top bag. Add marinade to the bag, seal, and toss to coat the meat. Unseal, squeeze out all the air, reseal, and refrigerate 24 to 36 hours.

    Dry the Beef Strips

    1. Pat strips dry with paper towels. Distribute beef strips in a single layer on dehydrator racks. Dry for 4 to 8 hours, turning racks every hour, and turning jerky strips over midway through the drying process. Drying times vary due to oven differences and meat size. 
    2. When done, the jerky should have no signs of redness and be pliable enough to bend in half without breaking.  Perfect jerky is firm and dry and not at all spongy. However, if your jerky is so dry it breaks in two easily, it's probably over-dried.  

    5 Ways to Dry Beef for Jerky

    You don't need a dehydrator to make beef jerky. There are four other ways. They include oven drying, sun drying, microwaving and smoking. They all require special techniques to keep your jerky safe for consumption. Read about the different methods for drying beef for jerky.