How to Make Beef Jerky at Home


When it comes to snacking some of us have a sweet tooth and others would rather have something savory. Whatever you lean toward when your stomach starts to growl, beef jerky wins on taste AND nutrition.


Whether you’re conquering the mid-day munchies or fueling your family during a long Texas road trip, beef jerky is packed with protein to satisfy hunger. Honestly, we can’t think of a reason not to pack your favorite meaty snack. Just one serving of this jerky contains 12.5 g of protein!

So, how much protein is recommended for sustained energy throughout the day? It’s ideal to aim for 25-30 grams of protein at each meal, plus snacks for ultimate body benefits such as maintaining a healthy weight and supporting strong muscles. Whether jerky is helping you achieve athletic performance or simply holding you over until the next meal, it sounds like a win-win to us!

Now that your mouth is watering at the thought of some delicious beef jerky, what if you knew how to prepare it in your own kitchen? Thanks to our friend and Hardcore Carnivore Jess Pryles, we have just the recipe for you. Before we get started, here are a few of Jess’ tips when it comes to making your own beef jerky:

  • Use the freshest beef possible
  • Use lean cuts like top or eye of round
  • Pat the jerky dry from any marinade before dehydrating to speed up the process
  • Freeze meat before slicing to make it easier to cut
  • Slice very thin pieces (no more than 1/4 inches thick)
  • Cut with the grain – this results in long strands of chewy jerky

Once you master this easy homemade jerky recipe, it’s fun to try out different marinades to change up the flavor. Now try it out yourself!

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