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Original Jerky

This Original Jerky recipe really does taste like good ol' fashioned jerky you got from your parents when you were a kid.
Course Beef Jerky, Snack
Cuisine American, Beef Jerky
Keyword beef jerky, Jerky, original jerky
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 45 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 175 kcal
Author Will



  • 1 1/2 tsp pickling salt
  • 1/4 tsp Prague Powder #1 curing salt
  • 1/4 tsp coriander ground
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke mesquite
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine the pickling salt, Prague Powder #1, coriander, onion powder, garlic powder, liquid smoke, black pepper, sugar, and cold water in a medium size bowl or ziplock bag. Mix well.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice 1/4" strips with the grain. Or skip the freezing phase and use a Jerky Slicer for evenly sliced strips.
  4. Tenderize the beef strips with a tenderizing mallet to prevent the jerky from being too tough.
  5. Add sliced beef to the mixture and marinate for 6-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  6. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and pat dry with paper towels.
  7. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. A dehydrator was used with this recipe and dried for 7 hours at 160 degrees.

Recipe Notes

Old Pro Tips:

  • Leaving the curing salt out of the recipe will alter the look and flavor of this recipe
  • Use liquid smoke that does not include filler ingredients, such as Wright's Liquid Smoke
  • When finished, jerky will bend and crack but not break in half. Test for doneness after a piece has cooled for 5 minutes, not while warm.
  • Store in ziplock bags or vacuum seal for longer storage.
Nutrition Facts
Original Jerky
Amount Per Serving (70 g)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 733mg32%
Potassium 209mg6%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.