• How to Make Jerky- Step By Step

    Tired of spending $7-10 dollars on a few ounces of delectable jerky? You can make your own inexpensively and enjoy this versatile at work or play. We'll show you how to make your own Jerky step by step with photographs. It's so simple, even beginners can do it!
    Before beginning lets address the age old question, should you slice the meat With the grain or against the grain? This is entirely dependent on what type of meat you are using. If the meat is a tough cut you of meat, such as a brisket, will want to cut AGAINST the Grain, otherwise is will b nearly impossible to chew.

    If the meat is a more Tender Cut, such as a rump roast, you want to cut WITH the Grain, which will result in thin Chewy (rather than brittle or crumbly) jerky pieces.


    If possible, choose lean cuts of meat. In this case, I opted for a couple of nice roasts that were on sale for $2. lb!




    If the meat is partially frozen, it is considerably easier to slice evenly and cleanly. Slice WITH the grain into long even strips 1/4" thick & 1 to 1 1/2" wide. This ensures that the jerky will dry evenly and be chewy rather than brittle.




    Notice how each of the strips are the exact same thickness, this ensures even drying.



    Since we were using a couple roasts, not all of the pieces are the same length. Here we've divided them into 1 pound piles based on size.




    Next, add the meat a few pieces at a time to a ziploc bag (or NON-metal container), add some seasoning/(marinade), add another layer of meat, more seasoning (marinade), continue until all the meat & marinade is in the bag in layers. Seal the bag and manipulate the meat with your fingers, ensuring that each and every piece is coated with the marinade or seasoning blend.
    Here is a view of the sliced meat.


    It should take 3-5 minutes per pound to ensure that the meat is completely coated. It should turn from a bright red color to a deeper red color, as in the photo. This is due to the "cure" in the seasoning. If all the pieces haven't turned color, continue to manipulate the seasoning around the meat.




    Seal the bags, label them with the type of marinade (Teriyaki, sweet bbq, etc) and then place in the fridge for 24-48 hours. This depends on the amount required by the recipe, some recipes require more.




    Once the meat is fully seasoned and had time to cure, place it dehydrator racks or on cooling racks (on top of cookie sheets) to dehydrate in the oven.





    Drying time is dependent on the type of method chosen. In this case, we used a Nesco Food Dehydrator and it took exactly 3 hours to dry the jerky.

    View Drying Temperatures & Methods Here




    As you can see, for 20 minutes of preparation (the rest of the work is done by the oven or dehydrator!) we have several large bags of Jerky. (This is only HALF of the meat shown in the first photo, the rest is still marinating!).

    Comments 12 Comments
    1. mechelle's Avatar
      mechelle -
      Any idea how long this would take in the oven to dry, and at what temp? my oven will only go to 175(i think maybe 170)... and now i really want homemade jerky, it will be late june before i am able to buy my excaliber
    1. ReeseCup's Avatar
      ReeseCup -
      Mechelle, Arrange strips of meat close together, but not overlapping directly on oven rack or on cake racks set in shallow rimmed baking pans, bake until done in 250 degree oven (4 to 6 hours).

      you can check cooks.com for any variation of these steps. have fun and let me know how it turned out...
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Oven Drying:
      Carefully arrange the seasoned meat strips onto a cooling rack, leaving a bit of space between each piece of meat to allow for air flow. Set the oven to 150-165F, be sure that the oven maintains this temperature (use an oven thermometer) as the meat can spoil if the temperature drops too much. If using this method, we highly recommend using a drip tray to catch the drippings as it can/will make a mess of your oven otherwise. This method takes approximately 10-12 hours to dry the meat.

      If your oven doesn't go low enough, you can actually prop open the oven door.

      Source: Budget101.com - - How to Dry Meats | How to make your own Jerky
    1. McKittyKey's Avatar
      McKittyKey -
      After the jerky has been dried, how long will it keep? I'm assuming it is best to keep it refrigerated.
    1. Devildog's Avatar
      Devildog -
      Have to try this it looks great. Thank you for the recipe.
    1. Simmmy's Avatar
      Simmmy -
      A solution to my boyfriends jerky addiction!!! so trying this out after the next grocery shop
    1. MsDebbie's Avatar
      MsDebbie -
      I will have to start doing this again. I absolutely love beef jerky and use to make it all the time. Now that I cant work I have to start looking at ways to save.
      Today instead of throwing out a bunch of vege's I wasnt going to use I made broth. And the strained veges are a treat for the chickens.
      I'm buying cheap cuts of meat and putting them in the crock-pot, its better than expensive cuts! Today was country pork and I had a jar of plum jam I was going throw out and used it on the pork instead. OMG it was good!
    1. MsDebbie's Avatar
      MsDebbie -
      I will have to start doing this again. I absolutely love beef jerky and use to make it all the time. Now that I cant work I have to start looking at ways to save.
      Today instead of throwing out a bunch of vege's I wasnt going to use I made broth. And the strained veges are a treat for the chickens.
      I'm buying cheap cuts of meat and putting them in the crock-pot, its better than expensive cuts! Today was country pork and I had a jar of plum jam I was going throw out and used it on the pork instead. OMG it was good!
    1. MsDebbie's Avatar
      MsDebbie -
      Flank steak is the best for jerky but it has gone from a cheap cut to an expensive cut of meat.
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by MsDebbie View Post
      I will have to start doing this again. I absolutely love beef jerky and use to make it all the time. Now that I cant work I have to start looking at ways to save.
      Today instead of throwing out a bunch of vege's I wasnt going to use I made broth. And the strained veges are a treat for the chickens.
      I'm buying cheap cuts of meat and putting them in the crock-pot, its better than expensive cuts! Today was country pork and I had a jar of plum jam I was going throw out and used it on the pork instead. OMG it was good!
      YUM! That sounds delicious.. Plum Jam! A fellow down the road from us has the most gorgeous plum tree and no one ever harvests the fruit from it. I think this year I'm going to ask them if they'd mind if I pick a few for making jam.
      I hadn't thought about giving the strained veggies to the chickens, they usually end up in the compost pile after making broth. I'll bet my girls would like that.
    1. wizkid's Avatar
      wizkid -
      does this actually taste good just wondering before i buy it to make the jerky.
    1. k3vin's Avatar
      k3vin -
      Quote Originally Posted by mechelle View Post
      Any idea how long this would take in the oven to dry, and at what temp? my oven will only go to 175(i think maybe 170)... and now i really want homemade jerky, it will be late june before i am able to buy my excaliber
      mechelle do you have a thrift store or re use store anywhere around you. i have gotten all 4 of my dehydrators from thrift stores and they all still work. some thriftstores sell them very cheap and they are easy to use.
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