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How to Make Beef Jerky

This post shows you how to make beef jerky including two marinade recipes: Beer BBQ Beef Jerky Marinade and Teriyaki Beef Jerky Marinade.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Marinate time 8 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 170 kcal


  • 1-½ to 2 lbs flank steak

For the teriyaki marinade

  • ½ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup mirin or dry white wine
  • ½ tsp Chinese 5-Spice seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried ginger
  • couple pinches black pepper
  • 1 tsp meat tenderizer
  • ½ tsp hickory liquid smoke

For the beer barbecue marinade

  • ¾ cup beer preferably a lager
  • 1 Tbsp BBQ seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp turbinado sugar or sugar in the raw
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp meat tenderizer
  • ½ tsp hickory liquid smoke


  • Remove as much fat as possible from the steak. Slice the meat into thin 1/4-inch slices using a sharp straight-edge knife. Alternatively, have the butcher do this for you.
  • For either marinade, add the ingredients to a large, resealable bag. Close the bag, and shake to combine.
  • Add the sliced steak to the bag and gently ensure all the meat is coated with marinade. Refrigerate overnight.

Food dehydrator instruction

  • Transfer the marinated pieces of steak to a single layer on the grates of a dehydrator.
  • Dehydrate for 4 hours at 160°F.
  • Check for doneness (see below).

Convection oven instruction

  • Place a bake rack onto a large bake sheet and layer the steak on that.
  • Place in the convection oven set to 175°F for 3 hours.
  • Check for doneness (see below).

To check for doneness

  • Take a piece of jerky, cool a bit, and bend to a 90° angle. If moisture squeezes out, it needs to cook longer. If the meat bends and snaps, it is overdone. If the meat slightly cracks but still bends, it is just right.


See the body of this post for details and tips not included in the recipe card.


Calories: 170kcal (9%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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