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Beef Jerky Recipe
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Beef Jerky

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"This is one of many variations I have tried. I use my oven. If you have a food dehydrator, be sure to follow factory instructions. I store mine in a plastic jar. No refrigeration needed, and it keeps for months."

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Original recipe makes 4 to 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    7 hrs

    19 hrs 10 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, ground black pepper and brown sugar to taste. Mix well and add the steak slices. Place entire mixture with meat into a sealed plastic container and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
  2. In the oven, place one oven rack on the highest rack setting and one rack on the lowest setting. Place a piece of aluminum foil OR a baking sheet on the lowest rack, to catch any drippings.
  3. Preheat oven to 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
  4. Insert a wooden toothpick through the end of each slice of meat, and suspend each slice from the top rack in the oven, using the toothpick as a support for the slice.
  5. Bake at 160 degrees F (70 degrees C) with the oven door propped open to allow moisture to escape. Bake for 6 to 8 hours depending on thickness of slices. Jerky should bend, and not snap.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 27, 2003

Waiting 8 hours is sooooo hard. Your home will be filled with a wonderful aroma (use your exhaust fan). I added about 1 tablespoon of cracked black pepper and red pepper flakes. Delicious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 21, 2003

I followed the recipe to the t. The marinated beef smelled so good! I used an "electric" oven. I keep my eye on the jerky hourly, unfortunately it turned out very dry even when cutting back on baking time. I throw out the whole batch. It appears that those that liked this recipe had "dehydrarors. I think I will try the dehydrator method and may find I write a different review.


36 Ratings

Jul 23, 2003

This turned out much better than I thought it would. However, we used ground meat and let it marinate for almost 24 hrs(or basically "soak" up the marinade). Using a jerky press that we borrowed, we made half into flat strips and the other half like ropes and deydrated them (it was already ground up-I doubt we'd get them to work very well in the oven as directed). The ropes turned out much better than the flat strips but they were tasty = slightly salty and hot yet sweet (from the brown sugar I assume). Thanks Pete! This worked well for us (even if we didn't follow the instructions exactly).

Jun 21, 2003

to plain and not much taste!...T-bird's is the best i have tasted!.. alot more flavor and only takes 3 to 4 hours in the oven

Jun 21, 2003

My family thought this recipe was better than the T-Bird's recipe for Beef Jerky.

Jul 29, 2003

It is pretty straight forward recipe and the results are great. I would of never thought you could make something like this without a dehydrator.

Feb 23, 2009

One of the benefits of this recipie is that all the salt in Soy sauce preserves it. You don't need to add any additional salt to this.

Jul 13, 2004

This recipe was really easy to do. Although, I didn't marinade my meat over night ( about 20mins) it still turned out really good. I don't know how it is with the oven, I used a dehydrator. I put it in there for about 7 hours and everything turned out really good. I would next time trying adding something different to the ingredient since the meat tasted like the store bought stuff. Maybe trying a different cut of meat.


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  • Calories
  • 204 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 18.7 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 791 mg
  • 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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