I use this recipe for all of my elk and venison jerky, as well as beef jerky, with excellent results. Freeze or refrigerate the jerky afterwards to prolong shelf life.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
1 day
total:
1 day
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Freeze beef to make it easier to slice, about 20 minutes. Slice beef against the grain into strips about 1/4-inch thick.

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  • Whisk soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, liquid smoke, onion powder, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne, and pepper together in a large bowl. Add beef strips. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator, mixing at least twice, 18 to 24 hours.

  • Arrange beef strips on dehydrator trays. Dehydrate at 160 degrees F (70 degrees C) until dried, about 8 hours.

Cook's Notes:

I use a Nesco(R) dehydrator.

Lightly sprinkle coarsely ground black pepper or red pepper flakes over the meat when you put it on the dehydrator for an extra kick.

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

180 calories; protein 26.9g 54% DV; carbohydrates 5.5g 2% DV; fat 5g 8% DV; cholesterol 67.7mg 23% DV; sodium 1084.2mg 43% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/08/2017
This turned out excellent! I love heat but am super sensitive to cayenne for some reason so I only used 1 teaspoon and then just sprinkled a bit of crushed red pepper flakes. I can't wait to try this recipe with venison! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/16/2018
It was ok. I need a little more flavor though Read More
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  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
06/08/2017
This turned out excellent! I love heat but am super sensitive to cayenne for some reason so I only used 1 teaspoon and then just sprinkled a bit of crushed red pepper flakes. I can't wait to try this recipe with venison! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2019
Excellent recipe. One of the best I've tried. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2018
Pretty good. Just remember a little cayenne goes a long way & adjust it to your liking. I used the oven at 200 and used cookie cooling racks on a cookie pan. Done in 5 hours. opened the oven a couple of times to let some of the steam out & flipped it about halfway through. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/16/2018
It was ok. I need a little more flavor though Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2019
Great recipe! I love the flavor. Perfect and not too salty. I started with 1 tsp cayenne because I didn t want it to be too hot and that was just right for me. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2018
I ve made this twice now and it s amazing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2018
Excellent recipe. It took me years to hone it to get the right amounts of heat saltiness and sweetness. I couldn't have done it without my 10 year old daughters help. She's a jerky fanatic. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2020
I am in love! This was my first attempt at making beef jerky. I used to love jerky when I was a kid but I ate so much jerky that I got sick on it years ago and quit eating beef jerky all together. My granddaughter is the jerky fan in the house so we made the beef jerky together. Instead of garlic powder we used minced garlic and then when we got the beef on the trays of the dehydrator we sprinkled a few finely chopped green onion tops and some red pepper flakes. Also the recipe didn't say to but I read from USDA that to make sure the jerky was safe to eat without being refrigerated to put it in a 300F oven for 10 minutes to kill any bacteria before putting the meat in the dehydrator. This shortened the time in the dehydrator to 3 hours. I am not a fan of beef jerky but it smelled so good I had to try it and it has a really good flavor. My granddaughter loves it so we will be making this again. Read More