The Best Beef Jerky Recipe

We think beef jerky should have the title as one of the greatest snacks of all time. It is high in protein, a quick grab and go snack and simply delicious. Beef jerky has been around for a very long time, it is an excellent source of protein and generally speaking, beef jerky is a healthy and nutritious snack.

Removing the moisture from the meat, beef jerky has a long shelf life. Most beef jerky is marinated with a mixture of seasonings and liquid ingredients. The primary ingredient in any dried meat product is salt. One of the best things about beef jerky is it’s ready to eat, so it’s the perfect grab and go snack. 

There are many delicious brands of beef jerky on the market today. However, it’s not difficult to make your own beef jerky.

Instructions:

  • Thinly slice a lean cut of beef (top round or london broil will be cheapest).
  • Season the meat with a mixture of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Put the meat strips in a ziplock bag and marinate in pepper jelly for 12-24 hours (keep refrigerated). 
  • Remove the slices of meat, place on a towel or paper towel and pat dry. 
  • Place the meat slices into a dehydrator (preferred method) or smoker and cook for 3-4 hours.
  • Let cool and then store meat in a closed tight container.
  • Enjoy!

*It’s a good idea to let the beef jerky dehydrate further at room temperature for an additional 24 hours before you package it. It may be best to freeze jerky if you are not going to eat it within 1 week or so.