How to Make Beef Jerky

If you crave a juicy steak but are short on time, this guide will show you how to cure and dry your favorite meats and enjoy them on the go.

You will need

  • 2 lbs. red meat
  • u2154 c. Worcestershire sauce
  • u2154 c. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 re-sealable plastic bags
  • A cooling rack
  • Tin foil
  • A baking pan
  • An oven or food dehydrator

Step 1 Trim fat and freeze Trim as much fat from the meat as possible to prevent it from getting rancid after it is cured. Then freeze it for at last an hour before slicing.

Step 2 Cut into strips Slice the meat into thin, ¼-inch strips as uniformly as possible to make for even drying.

Step 3 Mix brine Combine all of the ingredients in one of the re-sealable plastic bags and mix well. Then add the strips of meat and refrigerate the bag overnight.

Step 4 Drain Drain the meat and place it on a cooling rack over a foil-lined baking pan. Let the meat warm to room temperature before curing.

Step 5 Cure Cure the meat in the oven at 200 degrees until it’s dry and chewy — about an hour and a half — or cure it in a food dehydrator according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Step 6 Cool and store Allow the jerky to cool before placing it in the other resealable bag and storing in a cool, dry place.