How to Make Beef Jerky at Home

Homemade Beef Jerky

This weekend I had a little extra time, so I decided to make some beef jerky. To start, let me clarify this little project was for personal gratification only. The satisfaction is definitely worth the time, but I will leave my on-going, regular jerky needs to the experts that make the 70+ jerky flavors available at Armadillo Pepper’s Jerky Store.

In the past, I’ve made beef jerky using the oven on the lowest heat level. For this endeavor I purchased a relatively inexpensive ($39.99) food dehydrator, the Oster FPSTDH0101.

Oster Dehydrator


  • 2-3 lb Tip Sirloin Roast. You can certainly use other cuts of beef. I use this because it has minimal fat and therefore, minimal fat trimming effort is required
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried peppers (just so happens I had some habaneros that I had dried from my garden)
  • For this batch, we also used 2 tablespoons Rub Your Meat Raw seasoning sent to us from Brenda Henderson over at the Little Tin Can Spice Company.
Rub Your Meat Raw Seasoning

Rub Your Meat Raw Seasoning


1.  Trim off all fat from the beef and slice into thin strips no thicker than 1/4 inch and approximately 1/2″ wide.

2.  Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and whisk together for your marinade.

3.  Place beef strips in a gallon freezer bag or baking dish. Pour marinade over beef and seal (use plastic wrap for your baking dish).

4.  Place in refrigerator and let marinate overnight for 24 hours.

Marinating Beef Jerky

5.  After marinating is complete, remove meat strips, drain on a paper towel and pat dry. You want to remove most of the liquid from the meat.

6.  Place meat strips on the dehydrator trays, leaving some space between each slice of meat (the meat strips should not touch).

Raw Steak Strips
Before Dehydrating

7. After placing all the meat strips on the dehydrator trays, place lid on dehydrator, turn on and dehydrator. Drying time is 4-8 hours. For this batch, it required 7 hours. Check the jerky a couple of times while in the dehydrator and blot meat with paper towels to absorb any fat that comes to the surface.

Dehydrated Beef Jerky
After Dehydrating

8. When complete, place jerky in a resealable plastic bag. Enjoy!

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