Beef Jerky Recipe

Published: Dec 14, 2021
Updated: Jan 2, 2022

My dad let me borrow his jerky maker (I’ve since bought my own) – a NESCO FD-28JX JerkyXpress Dehydrator – over the holidays and now I have the bug. No, not covid, the other one, the jerky-bug. Anyways, these make for nice, little Christmas baggies. Let’s geaux.

Ingredients #

Directions #

  1. Cut beef into thin strips
  2. Mix everything together and let marinate for a few hours. Quantities were intentionally not specified. My unpopular opinion is that each batch of jerky should be different
  3. Place in the dehydrator. The pieces can lightly touch but should not stack. Let it ride for 6 hours or more

Notes #

The National Center for Home Food Preservation has some good info.

On prep:

Partially freeze meat to make slicing easier. The thickness of the meat strips will make a difference in the safety of the methods recommended in this book. Slice meat no thicker than 1/4 inch. Trim and discard all fat from meat because it becomes rancid quickly. If a chewy jerky is desired, slice with the grain. Slice across the grain if a more tender, brittle jerky is preferred. A tenderizer can be used according to package directions, if desired. The meat can be marinated for flavor and tenderness. Marinade recipes may include oil, salt, spices and acid ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice, teriyaki, or soy sauce or wine.

On storage:

Properly dried jerky will keep at room temperature for two weeks in a sealed container. For best results, to increase shelf life and maintain best flavor and quality, refrigerate or freeze jerky.

Results #

Jerky trial 1 with sizzle steak. Dehydrated for about 5 hours. Not too bad. Not quite chewy enough, though.
Jerky trial 1 with sizzle steak. Dehydrated for about 5 hours. Not too bad. Not quite chewy enough, though.
Jerky trial 2 with eye of round. Dehydrated for about 6 hours. ~~This was my favorite batch so far.~~
Jerky trial 2 with eye of round. Dehydrated for about 6 hours. This was my favorite batch so far.
Jerky trial 3 with sizzle steak. Dehydrated for about 6 hours. NESCO sent some seasoning packs with the maker. I'm glad I tried them, but I'll be returning to my own recipe.
Jerky trial 3 with sizzle steak. Dehydrated for about 6 hours. NESCO sent some seasoning packs with the maker. I’m glad I tried them, but I’ll be returning to my own recipe.
Jerky trial 4 with milanesa. Dehydrated for about 6 hours. Walmart finally had milanesa in stock. I like how thin these turned out. My favorite batch so far.
Jerky trial 4 with milanesa. Dehydrated for about 6 hours. Walmart finally had milanesa in stock. I like how thin these turned out. My favorite batch so far.

Beef #

I’ve used eye of round and sizzle steaks with success. Other folks on the internet say milanesa works too. I’ll give it a try once Walmart restocks it. – I tried it. Can confirm, it works well.

Walmart beef eye of round
Walmart beef eye of round
Walmart beef milanesa
Walmart beef milanesa
Walmart beef sizzle steak
Walmart beef sizzle steak