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Beef Jerky

This is my second time making beef jerky.  The first go-around I used flank steak cut into 1/4in. strips.  It was good but I wanted to have the big flat pieces like you get when you buy it.  So after a little research I came up with using an eye-round roast.  It creates those big flat pieces when sliced thin.

Ingredients :

2lb Eye-Round Roast

For the marinade I went to MarksDailyApple.com and found a paleoish marinade:

¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. liquid smoke
3 minced or crushed garlic cloves
2 ½ tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. hot chili powder
½-1 tsp. each of salt and black pepper
Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-make-your-own-jerky/#ixzz2hpFxr6UY

I added some of my own spices as well:

  • 1Tbsp. Cayenne
  • 2 Tbsp crushed red pepper

Directions :

  • Trim as much fat from the roast as possible
  • Freeze eye-round for 15-20 mins. (makes it easier to slice thin)
  • With a sharp slicing knife or chef’s knife cut into 1/4IN. slices
  • Put all of the meat into a zip-lock bag
  • mix marinade ingredients in a bowl
  • pour marinade into bag over meat
  • place in fridge and let marinade for 24 hours
  • place on food-dehydrator racks and let dehydrate for 1 day(with my RONCO model)
  • times will vary depending on which dehydrator you have or if you use an oven.


It may take a lot of work and time but it is nice knowing what goes into your snacks.  A lot of the beef jerky you buy in stores has added sugar and other processed ingredients.  This is my favorite snack to take on the road or in the air.

4 comments on “Beef Jerky

  1. Jamison
    October 18, 2013

    If you’re looking to make more jerky per batch, check out this jerky drying rack that goes right in the oven. I’ve made up to 5 lbs of meat at a time with this 3 tier rack.


    • WWJME
      October 18, 2013

      Nice! Thanks buddy. I tried Eye-Round and it wasn’t half bad

  2. Marge
    October 22, 2013

    My husband uses ground beef and a kitchen tool called a “jerky blaster”. It is like a cake decorating tool that has different tips. You season the ground beef and then put it in the blaster. He uses the tip that spreads the beef in 1 1/2″ strips. Makes them easier to chew as well.

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