Homemade Beef Jerky


This beef jerky recipe uses a relatively quick method. While you can find many artisan brands out there, making homemade beef jerky is fun, easy, and all the rage! Have your butcher slice the beef for you.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins


  • ¾ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • ¾ cup soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 2 pounds beef top round, thinly sliced


  1. Whisk together Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, smoked paprika, honey, black pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large bowl. Add beef; mix until completely coated with marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator, 3 hours to overnight.

    overhead shot of beef strips in jerky marinade

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  2. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top.

  3. Transfer beef to paper towels to dry. Discard marinade.

    marinated beef jerky on paper towels

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  4. Arrange beef slices in a single layer on the prepared wire rack on the baking sheet.

    overhead shot of beef jerky on wire rack

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  5. Bake in the preheated oven until dry and leathery, 3 to 4 hours.

    overhead shot of cooked beef jerky on wire rack

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  6. Cut jerky with scissors into bite-sized pieces.

    overhead shot of hand using scissors to cut beef jerky

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  7. Enjoy!

    low angle looking at a plate with homemade beef jerky on it


Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

286 Calories
11g Fat
14g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 286
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 2179mg 95%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 679mg 14%

* 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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