It’s Really Easy to Make Beef Jerky at Home

Beef jerky
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Beef jerky is one of the most popular snacks out there. It serves perfectly for all occasions, it isn’t bad for you as some other snack options, and it has a long shelf-life, so you can buy it in bulk and have it nearby whenever you are in the mood for snacking. Or even better, don’t buy it all and make some yourself.

Making beef jerky is surprisingly easy and you don’t even need fancy dehydrators to do so. You can just use your oven instead. If this sounds like something you would be interested in trying, continue reading below.


  • 1 pound beef (top round)
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ Worchester Sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried chili
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. The first thing you’ll want to do is put the beef in the freezer for around 40 minutes. This will make it easier to cut. In the meantime, combine soy sauce, Worchester Sauce, pressed garlic, chili, salt, and black pepper in a bowl to make a marinade for your beef jerky.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut the beef into strips. The ideal length would be between five and six inches, while the thickness should be around ¼ inches.
  3. After you are finished with cutting, put the beef strips into a bowl with marinade and cover with plastic foil. Leave it in the fridge overnight.
  4. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and then top it with a wire rack. Drain the beef stripes and line them on the rack. Pop in the preheated oven at 175 F.
  5. Let the beef jerky bake until it gets that “dried out” consistency, which should take around four hours.
  6. Dig in.