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The Ultimate Beef Jerky Recipe

The Ultimate Beef Jerky

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"I am spoiled to this recipe and I know you will be too. It doesn't last long around my house. I've occasionally caught others sneaking a few pieces out of the oven before it was completely finished. Once you try it you will never want to go back to store bought ever again."

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Original recipe makes 15 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 40 mins


  1. Combine the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke and steak seasoning in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Pour the marinade into a glass or plastic bowl and add the meat slices. Stir to coat and then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Turn or stir occasionally to marinate the meat evenly.
  3. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees F (80 degrees C). Arrange the beef strips on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. If you like, you can sprinkle a little more steak seasoning on it at this point.
  4. Bake for 60 to 90 minutes in the preheated oven, until dry but still pliable. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 21, 2008

My husband and I just bought a food dehydrator and this was our first jerky recipe to try. We made it according to the recipe and it turned out great. We will use this recipe again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 11, 2008

We really didn't like this recipe at all. I followed it exactly and the flavour of the jerky was not good at all. Maybe this is better for a steak marinade than a piece of jerky.


19 Ratings

Jan 29, 2008

Very, very good. I tried to alter it slightly but it did'nt turn out as well. I did use less liquid smoke though. I used 2 to 2 1/2 Tbls. Will make many times again.

Sep 11, 2009

Freakin' awesome!!! Holy smokes I thought this was one of the best jerky recipes I'd ever had. I marinaded mine overnight and they were terrific. Also, don't forget the steak seasoning or rub to put on it at the end b/4 drying. That can definitely add a special bite to it if you want it spicy, depending on what you use.

Jul 09, 2009

searched high and low for awesome beef jerky recipe,found it here.i tweaked it a little for my personal tastes but outstanding as a starting point,thank you so much for sharing.

Oct 15, 2009

Great recipe 4.5 really. Added 1tsp of chili peppers to marinade. Hung strips on toothpicks on highest rack of oven @ 170 for about 7 hours.Put foil on lowest rack to catch drippings. I like mine to slightly bend without snapping. Thanks for the recipe

Dec 15, 2008

Excellent! I marinated the beef for 2 days, but next time I will try 1 day. I also used a sirloin cut the butcher recommended.

Oct 25, 2007



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  • Calories
  • 89 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 9.8 g
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 585 mg
  • 23%

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

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