Step-by-Step: Beef Heart Jerky

Welcome to Real Food RN! A blog with the mission to empower you to live your healthiest life possible, starting today.

Join My Newsletter

beef heart jerky

Beef heart is a super food that contains excellent amounts of CoQ10, B vitamins, folic acid, Selenium, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Amino Acids. These nutrients boost our metabolism and help our bodies maintain muscle mass. CoQ10 is essential to heart health, is cancer protective, and it is present in every cell in the body. Statin drugs deplete CoQ10, which is unfortunate considering that the majority of people on statin drugs already have compromised cardiac health.

We have a very active family and my husband lifts weights (heavy weights) regularly, so I figured we could all use a bit of naturally occurring CoQ10. Plus, the other nutrients are an added bonus. The trick is actually getting my family to eat beef heart. So I whipped up some jerky….beef heart jerky. Tricky, tricky!

Beef Heart Jerky


  • 1 grass-fed beef heart (got it at my local co-op for cheap!), sliced into 1/4″ strips
  • Coconut aminos — where to find
  • Real maple syrup — where to find
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Apple cider vinegar — where to find



  • Partially freeze the heart (this makes it WAY easier to slice thin)
  • Carve off any fat and discard. Slice the meat into 1/4″ strips, like regular beef jerky
  • Place it into a glass container (important, as glass is non-reactive)
  • Mix up all of the ingredients (minus the heart) to make the marinade
  • Mix it to your taste, depending on if you want it more sweet, salty, or tangy (I also like to add garlic occasionally)
  • Once you achieve the flavor you like pour it over the heart meat, cover container, and let it marinate
  • Refrigerate for up to 24 hours
  • Then dehydrate Beef Heart Jerky in either a dehydrator set to the meat setting, or in a low oven (200°F) until dry
  • Store Beef Heart Jerky in a plastic bag in the fridge, to be safe

CLICK HERE to Pin this recipe

heart jerky

Learn More About Kate, Founder of Real Food RN

Hi! I'm Kate.

Registered Nurse. Mom. Real Foodie.

Welcome to Real Food RN! A blog with the mission to empower you to live your healthiest life possible, starting today.



Where I Went to School

Integrative Nutrition Sample Class CTA

Let's stay connected Over a Glass of Wine 🍷

Sign up now for everything you need to know, from delicious & healthy recipes to how to sleep better and more! Brighten your day with some REAL love to your inbox.




Podcast Episodes


Take the first step to

Detox Your Life

In this step-by-step guide you'll learn exactly what common household products contain harmful toxins and how you can replace them with effective, safer, and chemical-free alternatives!

Includes Effective & Toxin-Free DIY Recipes for:

Baby and Kid Products

Dish Soaps

Laundry Detergents

Shampoos & Conditioners

Skin Care and Makeup

Multi-Purpose Cleaners

I am an RN, not an MD. The information on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice. The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. You can find out more in my Terms of Use & Disclosure and Privacy Policy.