How to make beef jerky

Looking to learn how to make beef jerky with a dehydrator? Look no further! Here you will learn everything you need to about making amazing tasting beef jerky for you, your friends, and family using a home dehydrator. Trust me, your friends and family will find out that you are making jerky…

Learn how to make Beef Jerky in a dehydrator. It's easy, fast, and delicious! |

There are plenty of dehydrators on the market. I use either my Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator FD-75A or Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator.

I like the Nesco model because it dries evenly and does not require me to rotate the trays throughout the dehydration process. The Excalibur works good too, but does require moving the trays half way through.

I have reviewed 4 of the top dehydrators currently on the market to see which ones REALLY work the best. So if you are looking for a dehydrator, take advantage of these Dehydrator Reviews!

The recipe I am using to show how to use a dehydrator is Cajun Beef Jerky, but you can find Dozens of recipes on my Beef Jerky Recipes page.

I have added a VIDEO showing how to make jerky to the end of this post!

How to Make Beef Jerky in the Oven

Some ovens will have a dehydrate setting, though even if they do not, your convection feature will work spectacularly as long as your oven lets you bake at low temperatures. Set your oven on convection at 175 degrees, and your jerky should be done in around three hours. The beef jerky can simply be dried on wire baking racks. It is still recommended to rotate the racks in case your oven has any hot spots.

Beef Jerky Dehydrator

Homemade Beef Jerky

  • 2 pounds beef round roast (thinly sliced)
  • 2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup Soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  1. (Optional) Place beef in freezer for two hours. This will make it easier to slice thinly.

  2. Slice beef thinly against the grain.

  3. Add all ingredients for the marinade into a bowl and mix to combine.

  4. Place sliced beef in ziplock plastic bag (gallon sized) and pour in marinade. Ensure it is evenly coating the meat and place in the refrigerator overnight.

  5. Remove beef from bag and pat dry with a paper towel (this will speed cooking time). 

  6. Lay in a single layer on dehydrator sheets and set the dehydrator at 160 degrees. (this can be done on wire racks in the oven as well)

  7. Dehydrate, rotating racks each hour, for 4 hours, or until the beef jerky is dry and cracks when you bend it.

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