Use a dehydrator to dry out seasoned beef to make your own homemade beef jerky. It keeps a long time for a great snack at home or on the road.Jump to Recipe
Growing up, my family went camping about once per month. Sometimes it was local, other times we would drive for hours to get to the campground. One consistency: my dad always had beef jerky as a driving food.
Fast forward, and I’m sure it’s still my dad’s favorite driving food, but Justin also loves it, too. His dad makes his own at home with deer meat when he goes hunting.
We borrowed the dehydrator originally to make some crystallized pineapple. Then Justin decided he wanted to make some beef jerky. Since we used beef instead of deer meat, we had to change some of the seasonings and flavor.
Either way, this was a great way to make it at home. It let Justin control the taste, and we could keep it to clean ingredients. There weren’t any preservatives in our jerky.
We have a few of the silica packets (yes, like the ones you get in a box with shoes) that we use to keep the beef jerky fresh.
Step by Step
Slice the steak into thin strips.
In a medium bowl, whisk the vegetable oil, soy sauce, liquid smoke, and A1 sauce. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
Cover the steak strips with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Place the steak strips in a dehydrator and set according to manufacturer settings.
Dehydrate for 12-24 hours, depending on the thickness of the steak and the power of the dehydrator.
Store the beef jerky in an airtight container at room temperature. If you have any silica gel packets or something similar to keep any hydration out, those help keep it longer. Either way, the beef jerky should be good for at least a week.
Originally Published On: September 21, 2020
- 1 lb steak (lean)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup liquid smoke
- 1 tbsp A1 steak sauce
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
- 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
- Slice the steak into thin strips
- In a small bowl, whisk the vegetable oil, soy sauce, liquid smoke, and A1 sauce
- Add the salt, pepper, garlic, and red pepper flakes
- Cover the steak strips with the marinade
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours
- Place the steak strips in a dehydrator and set according to manufacturer settings
- Dehydrate for 12-24 hours, depending on the thickness of the steak and the power of the dehydrator
- Store in an airtight container
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.