Midwest Ground Beef Jerky

Ground beef jerky in the oven? YES! This Midwest Ground Beef Jerky recipe has the flavor and an easier chew for those who don't like tough jerky.
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword ground beef jerky
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 148 kcal
Author Will


Lean Beef

  • 1 lb Lean ground beef 10% fat or less


  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke hickory
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Prague Powder #1 curing salt
  • 1/2 tsp corn syrup solids optional


  1. In a bowl, combine ingredients and add to 1lb of ground beef
  2. Mix the ground beef and seasonings thoroughly
  3. spread the ground meat on a baking sheet, cover with wax paper, and roll with a rolling pin until meat is ΒΌ" thick
  4. Slice the pan of beef into jerky strips 4-5" long and 1" thick
  5. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my oven at 170F for 4 hours
  6. Ground jerky is finished when it first starts becoming dry to the touch. It should bend without breaking in half. If it cracks in half when bent a little bit, it was over dried
Nutrition Facts
Midwest Ground Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving (70 g)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 299mg13%
Potassium 328mg9%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.