Easy Homemade Beef Jerky Recipe

The road trip favorite in the comfort of your own home.
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Makes about ½ pound|225 grams
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes active, plus about 12 hours in the oven


1 pound|450 grams eye of round
½ cup|125 ml soy sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Trim all excess fat from the beef. Place in a Ziploc bag and put in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, black pepper, garlic powder, liquid smoke, and paprika in a large bowl.
  3. Transfer the beef to a cutting board and thinly slice with the grain into ⅛-inch thick strips. Place in a large Ziplock bag with the marinade. Seal the bag, ensuring that all of the air is removed, and gently massage the marinade into the beef. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours and up to 12 hours.
  4. Heat the oven to 175°F. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil and fit a baking rack on top of each. Drain the marinade off of the beef and lay the strips in a single layer across the racks. Bake the beef, flipping once halfway through until deeply browned and chewy, 4 to 5 hours. The jerky will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to 2 weeks.

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