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Sara's Beef Jerky Recipe
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Sara's Beef Jerky

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"This is a great way to make beef jerky at home without the use of a smoker or dehydrator. Just pop the meat in your oven and eight hours later you've got delicious jerky. Ask your butcher to slice the meat for you."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs

    8 hrs 20 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).
  2. In a medium, nonporous bowl, combine the salt, liquid smoke, garlic powder, monosodium glutamate, onion powder, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Place meat slices in this mixture and coat well. Then place the meat slices onto two 10x15 inch baking dishes in a single layer.
  4. Bake at 200 degrees F (95 degrees C) for 8 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 28, 2006

First time making beef jerky. This was excellent! Friends also loved this recipe. I reduced cooking time by 1 hour for more tender result.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 07, 2003

My husband thought the flavor of the jerky was very good, but thought it was too crunchy. I'll try it again and reduce the cooking time to give it the chewier texture that he likes.

Aug 29, 2002

almost as good as company's coming recipe. Added liquid smoke to improve jerky taste

Sep 10, 2010

marinate overnight and then dry it at 150 for 6-8 hours instead of 200 and it won't crisp as much

Jul 13, 2009

This was very good. My kids love jerky and have me make it every year for vacation. I made just a couple of adjustments. I used a dehydrator and I added some tobassco sauce just to give it a bit of a kick. I shook in about 5 squirts but should have used more. I can eat it and I'm a sissy girl. My kids love it hot & spicy, and really enjoy the flavor, but wanted more kick. I'll try again. Anyway, thanks Sara. Good job.

Dec 13, 2004

Beef jerky was great. I sent some to my husbands office and everyone there enjoyed it.

Sep 14, 2010

Very Good Jerky! I did marinate it overnight for extra flavor. Great Recipe!

Oct 20, 2011

personally i don't like the jerky in the store but my husband does so i tried making Sara's at home and it was great. i never touch his store bought jerky but this one we share. watch your time for desired chewiness. check every hour. lots of oven time and expensive beef needed but hey thats jerky i guess. oh and dont forget red pepper flakes for heat! if ya like heat like us.


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  • Calories
  • 404 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 114 mg
  • 38%
  • Fat
  • 26.7 g
  • 41%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 33.7 g
  • 67%
  • Sodium
  • 1782 mg
  • 71%

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

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