Make your own beef jerky

I live in Ireland, so buying beef jerky from the store is not so easy. You can find Jack Lynx beef jerky at some petrol stations, but it costs a fortune for a very small bag. You can now imagine why I decided to make my own.

The first step was to get myself a dehydrator, but luckily since I talked about it so much, I received one for Christmas.

Now after many days spent searching for guides and recipes, I compiled together a pretty good how-to and thought I should share it with you.

1.     Get yourself a dehydrator
andrew james dehydrator

My one is Andrew James and you can buy it from Amazon UK, or you can get a Nesco from Amazon US.

2.     Buy a nice beef steak

You should try and get one with as little fat as possible, as fat slows down the dehydration process

3.     Slice and prepare the meat


What you want to do is slice the meat into very thin strips or slices. I went with strips, but with slicesyou will be done quicker. (Tip: if you place the meat in the fridge for a little while it will be easier to beef jerky preparationslice)

Then place it in a bowl or a zip lock bag where you can marinate it. Now, depending on your preference there are many ways to marinate the meat. You can use pretty much any sauce you prefer. I went with a combination of olive oil, cloves, cayenne pepper and soy sauce.

Whichever sauce you prefer, you should leave the meat to marinate for 12-24 hours.

4.     Starting the dehydration process

After the meat is properly marinated, you can take it out and start placing it on the shelves of your dehydrator. (Tips: start from the bottom and work your way up, don’t strips too close to each other, or the airflow will be impaired)


The time will vary depending on your dehydrator, but it will be somewhere between 2-10 hours. In this particular example, it took around 8 hours.


At the end, you should have something that looks more or less like this.

I can tell you that while it doesn’t taste exactly like the one you can buy from the store, it does taste very well. In fact, to get the exact taste, or at least be able to make a good comparison, I would have to recreate the exact same marinade as Jack Lynx uses.

Thank you for taking the time to read my brief how-to and I hope that you enjoy your beef jerky.



Home made beef jerky


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