How to Make Homemade Beef Jerky Using Your Oven

How to Make Homemade Beef Jerky Using Your Oven

How to make homemade beef jerky
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You don’t need any fancy equipment to learn How To Make Homemade Beef Jerky. All you need is some baking pans and an oven. The best part of making homemade beef jerky is that you get to play with the flavors. Finding that perfect flavor means that you don’t have to buy an expensive bag just to find out it tastes terrible! Ever had that happen?

Do You Hate The Cost of store-bought beef Jerky?

I don’t know about you but those tiny packages in the checkout lines are too expensive! Most of the time you can make it cheaper than you can buy it. I say “most of the time”, because inflation can really drive the cost up.

Learn how to make your own beef jerky

If you love eating Beef Jerky, learning to make your own Homemade Beef Jerky just makes sense and is really easy to do. But the best part is you get to control the ingredients, no nitrates or preservatives, and save money too.

Choosing the meat

You’ll want to choose meat that is lean. Some cuts that are acceptable are beef round, flank steak, sirloin, etc… You can also buy steak tips. These are typically strips of steaks that could be used for fajitas! Mm yum. They are usually about 1/2″ thick, which is a little too thick…But that’s okay I have a simple trick to help cut them down to about 1/4″ thick…

Lean Beef Cuts – beef round, flank steak, sirloin, etc…

preparing the beef

You can easily cut them by freezing them for about 30-45 minutes. Don’t freeze them too long or they will be difficult to cut. Cut them when they are only partially frozen…and then cut them in half to get about 1/4″ thickness.

Or you can ask the butcher to cut them for you. They may have equipment that would be more precise which is really helpful when drying out food to have consistent cuts throughout.

After freezing for a short time…Cut the beef to 1/4″ thick.

How to Marinate Homemade Beef Jerky

This is the best part. The marinade will determine the flavor of your beef jerky. You can get pretty creative when coming up with a marinade but here’s few suggestions…I will be sharing a recipe also!

How to make homemade beef jerky

Beef Jerky Marinade suggestions

  • Salt is a must
  • Vinegar adds a nice touch
  • Something sweet can play off the other flavors
  • Alcohol – Some people add a little bourbon, whiskey, or tequila!
  • Herbs and spices – Add any spice you like. Many companies add pepper to some of their flavors but you can get wild if you want to and add some oregano.
  • Teriyaki sauce – one of my favorite marinades…

beef Jerky marinade Instructions

In my opinion the best way to marinade is in a plastic zipper bag. Put the ingredients in the bag, and then the meat. Close the bag and make sure you have a good seal (no leaking). Then toss and jostle the bag around to mix the marinade all over the meat.

Marinate the meat for 12-24 hours in the fridge. Turning and toss as often as your choose. I try to do it at least a couple of times…

Arranging The Beef On The pan

It’s best to use a baking pan with the rack, as in the image below. Spray the rack with some non-stick spray oil. Next, spread the beef jerky on the rack so that they are flat and not touching each other. You’ll want to give them space so that air can circulate around them.

Dehydrating the Beef Instructions

I want to warn you, cooking times may vary. When the homemade beef jerky is done is should look dark and be pretty hard but not brittle or burnt.

Place the oven rack in the middle. Preheat the oven to about 175ºF. Cook the beef for about 2 hours. Then, turn the beef strips over and cook another 2 hours.

It may help to crack the oven door every once in a while to allow steam to escape. Be careful doing this because obviously steam can burn!

How to make homemade beef jerky

Recipe: How To Make Homemade Beef Jerky

How to make homemade beef jerky

How to Make Homemade Beef Jerky Using Your Oven

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours

Making Beef Jerky at home can be much cheaper than buying it in the store and best yet YOU control the ingredients! Use your oven to make beef jerky, you don't need a dehydrator!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Sirloin Tip
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Pickling Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1/2 tbsp Tequila
  • 1 tbsp cup Molasses
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Chipotles In Adobo Sauce (see instruction to make a paste)
  • 2 tsp Granulated Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Chili Peppers

Instructions

Chipotles Paste Instructions: Place one can of chipotles in Adobo sauce in a food processor. Freeze any leftovers in ice cube trays for next time...

Directions

  1. Cut the beef into 1/2" slices (unless you bought them sliced already). Then freeze them for about 30-45 minutes on a cookie sheet.
  2. Pull the cuts out of the freezer and cut the beef into 1/4" thick slices. If they are long you might want to cut the length wise about 4-6". (freezing will help to stiffen the meat in order to cut them thinner)
  3. Place the marinade ingredients in a plastic zipper bag, and then the meat. Mix well.
  4. Then, place in the fridge for 12-24 hours to marinate.
  5. Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven.
  6. Preheat the oven to 175ºF.
  7. Next, spread out the beef on a cookie sheet rack with the cookie sheet underneath to catch the juices. Make sure they are not touching each other.
  8. Cook for 2 hours. Then flip the over and cook another 2 hours.
  9. You know they are done when they are dark and hardened, but not brittle or burnt.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 15 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 82Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 28mgSodium 174mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 8g

For the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional value of each ingredient yourself. These calculations are provided by a third party and are not expected to be exact. You are solely responsible for ensuring the nutritional information you use is accurate.

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Ingredients:

Instructions:

Chipotles Paste Instructions: Place one can of chipotles in Adobo sauce in a food processor. Freeze any leftovers in ice cube trays for next time…

  1. Cut the beef into 1/2″ slices (unless you bought them sliced already). Then freeze them for about 30-45 minutes on a cookie sheet.
  2. Pull the cuts out of the freezer and cut the beef into 1/4″ thick slices. If they are long you might want to cut the length wise about 4-6″. (freezing will help to stiffen the meat in order to cut them thinner)
  3. Place the marinade ingredients in a plastic zipper bag, and then the meat. Mix well.
  4. Then, place in the fridge for 12-24 hours to marinate.
  5. Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven.
  6. Preheat the oven to 175ºF.
  7. Next, spread out the beef on a cookie sheet rack with the cookie sheet underneath to catch the juices. Make sure they are not touching each other.
  8. Cook for 2 hours. Then flip the over and cook another 2 hours.
  9. You know they are done when they are dark and hardened, but not brittle or burnt.

Beef jerky can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Or it can last even longer in the fridge or freezer.

Inspect your beef jerky before eating to be sure there is no mold growing on it. This might indicate that not all of the moisture content was cooked out of it. Or that air got into the container you stored it in. Throw away any moldy or stinky meat!

I’d love To Know what you think!… Leave me a comment!

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