ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to make Beef & Chicken Jerky at home without a Dehydrator. Homemade Dried Beef Jerky Recipe.

Updated on September 4, 2015

Homemade beef jerky recipe.

Making beef or chicken jerky at home without the need for expensive dehydrators is simple. This homemade recipe omits the need for artificial ingredients and additives, which in factory produced jerky is added in abundance.

Once prepared, the meat jerky can last for up to six months. This makes for healthy snacks at all times and is ideal for taking on camping trips or hikes as a valuable source of protein.


Choosing the meat.

For making beef jerky at home. depending on individual taste. most meat cuts can be used. Using high quality steaks such as sirloin, will usually produce similar results to cheaper cuts. The least fatty the meat, the quicker it will procure and would be of a better flavour.

Trim the Fat

The fat whilst cooking in an oven, helps keep the meat moist. Creating beef jerky does not require cooking or moisture. Remove as much of the fat as possible. Beef jerky is beef which has had the moisture removed, not cooked.

If a lot of fat is left on the meat, the jerky will not last as long, will take longer to procure, and will taste greasy.

Freeze the Meat.

Freezing the chosen cut of meat aids with the slicing process. The thinner the cut strips, the quicker it will be dehydrated.

By freezing for approximately 20-30 minutes, it will allow the meat to be cut more easily into the required thickness.

Attempting to cut the meat whilst fresh, will result in thicker and uneven slices, taking a considerably longer time to dehydrate.

Slice The Meat

For a tender beef or chicken jerky the thickness of the meat tends to be approximately 3mm to 7mm.

Cut across the grain of the meat. This reduces the chewiness of the finished product. Slice the meat as if carving a joint for a meal.


Simple beef jerky recipes only include adding salt, pepper and some BBQ sauce. The marinade is down to individual taste.

Mix the sliced meat into a marinade, either in a bowl or a sealable bag and allow to marinate overnight or at least for several hours.

For simplicity, add 1 part BBQ sauce to 2 parts water, salt and pepper for a quick tasty flavouring.

Rack The Meat

Gently remove the meat from the marinade. Shake the individual strips to allow excess marinade to fall off, but do not scrape or rub off the marinade.

Place meat strips onto cooking grates or grill racks. Do not put in oven tins, these only help keep in the moisture.

Cooking / Dehydration

The meat is not to be cooked, but is to have all the moisture removed from it.

Line the base of the oven with oven foil to help collect all the drips from the marinade. This will save a lot of cleaning later.

Preheat the oven to 140 - 170 (f) degrees, or at least to the lowest setting possible. The low heat will evaporate the water content within the meat.

Once the racks of meat are ready and the oven is on, place the racks in the oven.


By using any implement ensure the oven door does not close. This will allow the evaporated moisture from the meat to escape. This also prevents the meat from being cooked.

Using a dehydrator allows this process to be quicker.

The dehydration time in the oven depends upon the thickness of the meat as well as the type of oven being used, and can take between 5 - 8 hours.

After 2 hours, turn the meat over.


After dehydrating the meat for 2 hours on each side, test for flexibility.

Take a piece of home made beef jerky and allow it to cool for approximately 15 minutes.

After this time if it feels juicy or bends to easily, then it needs more time in the oven.

If the meat starts to stretch or rips like fibres, then it is nearly ready.

Warm jerky straight from the oven will easily bend so it does need to be cooled prior to testing.

Harvesting your Jerky

If after allowing all your meat to cool, it is decided that it is not dehydrated enough, then simply pop back into the oven.

Once the beef jerky is ready, allow to cool off for 24 hours at room temperature. After the jerky has cooled down, package away in airtight containers or jars.

The beef jerky can be kept on shelves in containers, but some people prefer to keep it refrigerated.

Video Instructions


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)