Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Homemade Beef Jerky




                                         A local chain supermarket had a pretty good meat sale this past week. We got a few kinds for pretty decent prices. Including English Roasts. They were pretty well priced at $2.99 per pound. We bought a few. We decided to make some homemade beef jerky. It turned out yummy! Now, you can make beef jerky from almost any cut, but we chose this cut for the obvious reason, sale price!

                                         We have made beef jerky before. We have had a dehydrator for quite some time. We really should try making dried fruit sometime. I think that might be another post for another day though. I am quite happy with how it turned out. Start with slicing your roast about 1/4 in. thick. I would recommend slightly freezing the meat first, makes it easier to slice. Then marinate for about 10 minutes or however long you prefer. Lay it on the racks of the dehydrator and start it up. Ours was in the dehydrator for about 14 hours. Drying time varies per dehydrator model. You could probably do it in the oven on a low temp. setting. You could do an Internet search for that.

                                         Here's the marinade recipe we use. We also add some extra spices sometimes, like pepper or steak seasonings. Just sprinkle those on after you place them on the trays of the dehydrator. You can see the steak seasoning above.

Beef Jerky Marinade

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. pepper
You can tweak this mixture to your own taste. Marinate beef for about 10 minutes or longer if you wish. Of course discard any remaining marinade after use. Place beef slices on dehydrator racks and follow any directions for your dehydrator.

                                Let me know if you try it! I think you will be happy you did. Do you have any suggestions for fruit that does well with dehydrating? Would love to hear! ENJOY!


  1. I have been thinking about buying a dehydrator but wondering how much I would use it - hope to find one at yard sales this summer. It looks pretty easy - hubby loves jerky!

  2. It turned out pretty good. We seemed to eat it fairly quickly. We got our dehydrator at a yard sale! I think that is the way to go. Nice to have. Don't use it enough to have paid retail though.