Easy Homemade Beef Jerky

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One of my favorite foods to have on hand is beef jerky. My kids love it, my husband loves it, and its EASY! Plus, its portable — you can throw a bag in your purse or bag and then you are never without a healthy snack option. Great for camping, traveling, or for those days when you are out running errands for a while. Of course the stuff you buy in the stores not only contains a bunch of junk ingredients, but it is downright expensive! I have found a way to make it at a cheaper price point and without all the added MSG and whatever else. We make this every other week and each batch lasts about two weeks! No, this will not take you hours to make either, this is easy homemade beef jerky!


  • grass-fed beef, sliced to your desired thickness
  • apple cider vinegar — we use this kind
  • molasses
  • worcestershire sauce
  • tamari (gluten-free) — where to find

Easy Homemade Beef Jerky | Real Food RN


  • Add all ingredients to a glass jar

Easy Homemade Beef Jerky | Real Food RN

Easy Homemade Beef Jerky | Real Food RN

  • The amounts are depending on your flavor preference (I would say approximately 1/2 c ACV, 1/8 cup tamari, and fill in the holes with the rest)
  • Make sure your meat is submurged in liquid, if not then add some more ACV
  • Cover jar and place in the fridge for 8-24 hours
  • Then remove from jar and place on a dryer sheet from your food dehydrator

Easy Homemade Beef Jerky | Real Food RN

  • If you desire, add some cracked pepper or sea salt on top
  • Dehydrate according to the temperature instructions specific to your dehydrator
  • Check doneness by picking up a piece and checking the underside, if it is still pink or grey (meaning its not done) then flip the pieces and continue to dehydrate until they look like beef jerky. Test a piece by eating it after you think it looks done.
  • That’s it! Easy peasy!
  • This will last for a few weeks in ziploc bag in the fridge

Watch my video below where I show you how I personally make my beef jerky in my kitchen

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Easy Homemade Beef Jerky | Real Food RN

11 Replies to “Easy Homemade Beef Jerky”

  1. I second joyinthearts question: If you don’t have a dehydrator, can you make this in the oven? If so, at what temperature and for how long?

  2. You can make it in the oven. I hang my strips from skewers on the top rack & line the bottom rack with foil to catch the drippings. I usually do 8 hrs on the lowest oven setting.

  3. For us smoked meat lovers, I add 1/2 tsp liquid smoke flavoring per quart of liquid. More or less to taste, of course. Also, I like about the same proportion of sriracha sauce (some like it hot… or even hotter).

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