This easy to make steak dry rub jerky utilizes an already made seasoning rub saving you loads of time! Every so often I like making a very easy and simple beef jerky, and this is one of those recipes!
I was at work on the rig in Oklahoma when I started getting a craving for some beef jerky. I wasn't planning on making any this time at work, but I leave a dehydrator on the rig just in case a craving like this pops up.
I went to a small grocery store called Homeland just outside Oklahoma City which didn't have much of a selection on meat. I picked up the only roast they had, a rump roast that had way to much fat. This cut has a lot of marbling, which is not good for making jerky! I was craving jerky though, so it had to do...
Here is the roast sliced. You can see all the marbling in the slices. This is not good for jerky because fat goes rancid fast, which will shorten the life of your jerky. I was sharing this batch with the rig crew, so I wasn't too worried about a long shelf life.
You can see the McCormick Grill Mates Steak Rub that I used when making this jerky. I put 1/4 cup of seasoning in a bowl and dredged the slices of beef coating each on both sides. There is no need to 'marinate' these like you do with a traditional wet marinade.
I dried these jerky strips in my Nesco Snackmaster Pro Dehyrator for 6hrs at 160°F. Because this meat was very fatty, I had to blot dry the jerky every hour with a paper towel to soak up any liquid fat.
The jerky turned out pretty good. It would have been better if I used an Beef Eye of Round, but even with the fatty cut the taste was still very pleasing. Don't be shy when dredging the pieces in the spices. The spice wasn't over powering, so don't worry about over seasoning the jerky.
The guys on the rig enjoyed this jerky. If you are looking for a quick jerky without much prep or marinating time, this is the recipe for you!
For more in depth directions on how to dry your beef jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below.
- 1 lb Lean Beef or Venison (Best Cuts of Beef for Jerky)
- 1/4 cup McCormick Grill Mates Steak Rub
- Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
- While the meat is in the freezer, combine 1/4 cup of dry rub in a shallow bowl.
- Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew or with the grain for more of a chew.
- Coat both sides of each piece of sliced beef with the dry rub mixture and set aside.
- Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my dehydrator and dried for 6 hours at 160 degrees.
- The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
For more in depth directions on how to dry your beef jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods