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Homemade beef jerky
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Peppered Beef Jerky Recipe

Jerky is one of mankind's earliest approaches to preserving food, slicing up meat into tiny strips, saturating it in flavorful preservatives so that you can keep food weeks and even months beyond when it would otherwise spoil. All you need to make jerky is a way to dry meat at a low temperature, something to carve excess fat with and something salty to stop bacterial development. 
Prep Time20 hrs
Cook Time5 hrs
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef jerky
Servings: 1
Calories: 410kcal


  • Smoker


  • 2 lbs Roast, eye of round sliced thin and against its grain
  • 4 Minced garlic cloves
  • 1 cup Soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tsp Pepper, red, flakes
  • 2 tbsp Black pepper
  • 1 cup Beer or beef stock, your choice
  • 1 tsp "instacure #1" aka pink salt aka "Prague Powder #1" (optional)


  • Add everything but the beef into a gallon-size resealable plastic bag. Seal it and shake until the brown sugar fully dissolves.
  • Add the sliced beef to the marinade and toss it gently enough to coat all sides.
  • Refrigerate anywhere from 8 to 24 hours. The trick to making great jerky is that longer you marinate it, the more flavor and saltiness will make its way into each bite.
  • Remove the strips from the bag and transfer them to paper towels. Pat the meat dry.
  • Preheat your smoker to 170°F. Transfer the strips to the grill grate and season them with some extra black pepper if you like.
  • Smoke anywhere between 2-5 hours, depending on the thickness of your slices. 
  • Make frequent checks during the first hour to ensure even drying. The ideal texture is firm with a bit of pliability, nothing outright soft. If the jerky breaks when bent, it is overcooked.
  • Store the jerky in a gallon-size bag while it is still warm, leaving only a small part of the band unzipped. 
  • If you used the optional ingredient, your jerky will last for weeks without refrigeration. If you did not use the optional ingredient, the jerky will last several weeks with refrigeration.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 410kcal