Ground Beef Jerky


Instead of a marinade or a dry rub the spice mixture is mixed in with the ground beef, making this jerky slightly different form its more expensive brothers.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • 2 teaspoons canning salt

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef


  1. Stir salt, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, ginger, black pepper, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl; add ground beef and mix well.

  2. Pass beef mixture through a meat grinder set with the finest blade.

  3. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Place wire-racks onto baking sheets.

  4. Place 1/2 ground beef mixture between two sheets of heavy plastic on a solid, level surface. Firmly roll beef mixture to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Remove the top layer of plastic wrap, invert beef mixture onto prepared baking sheet, and remove the bottom layer of plastic wrap. Repeat for remaining beef mixture.

  5. Bake beef mixture in the preheated oven with the oven door slightly ajar for 2 1/2 hours. Rotate the baking sheet. Bake until jerky is cooked through, another 3 hours. Remove jerky from oven and cut into strips while warm.

Cook's Note:

If you don't have a meat grinder, use a food processor and pulse the beef with the spices in batches.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
8g Fat
1g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 619mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 165mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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