Beef Jerky is very easy to make, and you can customize the flavor you want by simply manipulating the marinade ingredients!
This is a basic recipe for regular beef jerky that I made, but you can make it more sweet or more spicy by having fun and being creative with the marinade.
I used an air fryer that has a dehydrate function. If you use a dehydrator, temperatures may vary.
Cook / Prep Time – overnight plus three hours
Yield – plan on losing about 60 % of the original weight of the beef due to moisture loss.
- 1/2 lb thin sliced eye of round
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 1 tbsp smoked sea salt
- 1/8 cup sugar (I used maple sugar, but you can use white or brown)
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp coarse black pepper
- 1/2 tsp granulated onion
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 4 drops liquid smoke
As long as you start with a soy sauce base, you can add more or less sugar, pepper, garlic, liquid smoke, and seasonings. You can use crushed red pepper flakes, honey, hot sauce or wine. You can add onions or jalapeños to the marinade. Teriyaki flavor? Add ginger and pineapple juice. It all depends what kind of flavor profile you’re looking for.
* Our local Publix grocery store stocks thin sliced eye of round, but you may need to ask your butcher to slice some for you.
Mix the marinade ingredients together and add the sliced beef strips. Place in a ziplock bag and place it in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day, drain and discard the marinade, squeezing the liquid out of the beef. Place the strips, sides not touching, on the air fryer baskets. Set at dehydrate at 160 degrees for one hour and turn the strips after 30 minutes. After one hour, turn the dehydrate temperate down to 120 degrees for two hours, again turning the strips around every 30 minutes. That’s it! Happy jerking!
Suggested music to listen to while preparing the jerky…..
“Walls and Bridges” a John Lennon album released in 1974 featuring the songs “Whatever Gets You Thtu the Night” , #9 Dream, and of course “Beef Jerky”