Homemade Beef Jerky
The days are getting colder and shorter, and as a result I'm doing more indoor activities as of late. That's no excuse however not to try new things! I found a really cool recipe idea inside Clean Eating Magazine for beef jerky and couldn't wait to adapt my own.
Read below for my step by step tips to making the best homemade beef jerky you've ever tasted – and be sure to use grass-fed beef to keep this recipe super healthy! That way, it's way healthier and cheaper than the packaged stuff. I use Butcher Box to source grass-fed organic beef.
First, head on over to the grocery store and pick up about 2 lb (around 1.0 kg) of eye of round beef roast. We got ours for about $13 at our local Longo's. Next, trim off any fat and discard. We bought 1.2kg of beef to account for the weight of the fat.
Freeze your meat for about an hour, cutting it into 2 equal pieces down the middle. Freezing it for a short period of time will make it easier to cut into very thin slices, which you will do immediately after freezing.
Meanwhile while the meat is freezing, make your marinade:
-1 cup low sodium soy sauce
-1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
-1 tbsp honey
-1 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
-1 tsp onion powder
-1 tsp garlic salt
-1 tsp red pepper flakes
-1 tsp Spanish paprika
-2 tsp Sriracha sauce
Now pour over your meat slices in a large Ziploc freezer bag.
Marinate for 3-6 hours in the fridge, getting rid of as much air as possible from the bag. We left ours for about 4 1/2 hours and we found this was the perfect amount of time to let the flavours soak in.
After marinading, place strips on 2-3 sheets of paper towel then top with another 3 sheets, squeezing as much leftover liquid out of the meat as possible. Your meat strips should be almost dry afterwards. Preheat the oven to the lowest setting on your oven, usually 170 degrees F.
After soaking BBQ skewers in water for about 10 minutes, slide skewers through the end of the strips, leaving about 1 inch of space between each slice of beef.
Transfer an oven rack to the highest position in your oven and place the other oven rack at the very bottom of your oven. Place tin foil over the lowest rack. Now, thread your skewers of beef through the highest oven rack so the strips are in a hanging position.
Close your oven door, propping it open slightly with an oven mitt. Be sure to do this so some moisture can escape from the oven, and cook for 4-5 hours, checking on the jerky each hour. Feel free to taste test as you go along to see what sort of consistency you want.
Et voila, homemade beef jerky! The process is certainly long and it is an all-day project, but the steps themselves are relatively easy, and the cooking is pretty low maintenance. You'll have a super yummy snack for a couple weeks, if you can make your supply last that long–we're warning you now, it's GOOD!
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- 16 oz top sirloin steak
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
- 1 tbsp black pepper
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Freeze steak for 1 hour and then slice as thinly as possible against the grain, trimming away any fat.
- Mix together marinade ingredients then add to a large freezer bag. Add steak strips to a bag and let marinate at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 170 F. Place steak strips on a paper towel-lined plate and squeeze excess liquid out of strips with paper towel until dried. Add steak strips to bamboo skewers, then hang along the highest rack of the oven.
- Close your oven door, propping it open slightly with an oven mitt. Be sure to do this so some moisture can escape from the oven, and cook for 5 hours.
- When finished, remove jerky from skewers and store in the fridge up to 14 days.