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Chili Lime jerky with lime and chili garlic sauce in jar

How to Make Beef Jerky in an Oven

Making beef jerky in an oven is a great way to start making beef jerky. There is no need for purchasing extra equipment, you can start NOW with what you already have. So get started with this great chili lime beef jerky marinade.
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 149kcal
Author Will


Lean Beef


  • 1 tsp mesquite liquid smoke Don't add if using a smoker
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp lime juice
  • 1 zest of lime



  • Pick you favorite type of beef and trim all visible fat. Place the meat in the freezer for 1-2 hours to partially freeze. This allows for easier slicing and more consistent widths.
  • Mix all above ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid. Whisk marinade until all brown sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove beef from the freezer and slice against the grain between ⅛"-¼" thick.
  • Add sliced beef to the container of marinade and shake well to evenly coat the meat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 6-24 hours.
  • After marinating, remove and pat dry the strips with paper towels. Either hang from toothpicks or lay the jerky on a cooling rack and place in a 170°F - 200°F preheated oven.
  • Prop the door of the oven open with a wooden spoon and bake the jerky for 3-6 hours. Begin checking for doneness at 3 hours.
  • The beef jerky will be finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half. Allow to cool for several hours before storing in an air tight container.


  • 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
  • Use fresh Limes for most intense flavor


Serving: 70g | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 971mg | Potassium: 344mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2.1mg