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Jerky in jar with red pepper flakes on wood

How to Make Beef Jerky in a Dehydrator

Making jerky in a dehydrator is the easiest and best way to make homemade jerky. They are relatively inexpensive and here I will show you how easy it is to make great tasting beef jerky!
Course Beef Jerky, Snack
Cuisine American
Type Beef Jerky
Flavor Savory, Spicy
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 5
Calories 151kcal
Author Will


Lean Beef


  • ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes



  • Pick a lean cut of beef. Trim the fat cap and other visible fat. After trimmed, place the meat in the freezer for 1-2 hours or until partially frozen. This will allow for more uniform slices when cutting your beef.
  • In a plastic container that has a tight fitting lid or ziplock bag, add the marinade ingredients and mix well.
  • Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky. 
  • Add the sliced meat to the marinade and shake well until all slices are covered evenly. Place in the fridge and allow to marinate for 6-24 hours. Shake the container/bag two or three times while marinating.
  • After marinating, dry slices with paper towels to remove any excess marinade.
  • Place strips on your dehydrator drying racks with plenty of spaces in between for easy air flow.
  • Dry for 3 hours at 165 degrees allowing the internal temperature to reach 160 degrees and then turn down to 145F. Check the meat after 4 hours and keep drying until the jerky bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
  • Allow jerky to cool for several hours before storing.


  • Trim all fat from the meat before marinating for longer lasting jerky once it's finished drying
  • Use curing salt or celery juice powder to extend the life of the jerky
  • Marinate closer to 24 hours for the most intense flavor


Serving: 70g | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1310mg | Potassium: 451mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 3mg