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Best Homemade Oven Beef Jerky– Our homemade beef jerky recipe makes a savory snack that’sPaleo,Keto, andGluten-Free. It’s packed with flavor andprotein, and has the perfect chewable jerky texture!

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The Best Homemade Oven Beef Jerky Recipe

Anytime I put the word “best” in a title, I feel like I need to explain myself…

We have mademanybeef jerky recipes over the years. Some with brown sugar or honey, some with various cuts of beef, and different spices.

This particularBest Homemade Oven Beef Jerkyrecipe is a personal favorite, because:

  • There isnoadded sugar.
  • It offers a fabulous blend of spices.
  • And it fits intoPaleo,Keto, andGluten-Freemeal plans.

It’s not the sweetest jerky or even theprettiestbeef jerky I’ve ever made. Yet it does take the cake in bold flavor, texture, and health!

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When you are trying to stick to a particular diet, it can be really tricky to find healthy and tasty store-bought items that fit. (Have you tried some of the gluten-free or Paleo snack foods out there? Ick!)

Therefore, you tend to have to make meals, and all your snacks, at home. Although this is alittleinconvenient at first, it leads to amuch healthier, much more delicious daily routine. You can also check out all of my gluten-free and low carb options!

It also revs up the creative juices!

For instance: We were recently testing out a new food dehydrator. Even though I loved how it dried fresh fruit, I was very unhappy with the results of homemade beef jerky. Especially after waiting so many hours.

So, to the oven, we went to make thebestbeef jerky right at home!

I’ve made this oven beef jerky recipe many times since, and have been thrilled with the results every time. I hope you give homemade jerky a try soon and love it as much as we do!

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What Ingredients You Need

Many of the ingredients needed for making beef jerky at home are pantry staples. Feel free to swap out the spices and sauces to create yourfavorite flavors.

  • Beef eye of round roastor sirloin tip roast
  • Gluten-free soy sauceuse coconut aminos to make it Paleo
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Liquid smoke
  • Spicesoregano, black pepper, garlic powder, ancho chili powder, and smoked paprika

The best cuts of meat for beef jerky are eye of round roast, sirloin tip roast, flank steak, top round, bottom round, or other lean cut of meat you desire.

Some other cuts of meat that could make some great jerky are elk, bison, turkey, pork, or ground beef jerky.

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How to Make the Best Beef Jerky in the Oven

To me, the best homemade beef jerky is made in the oven. Even with the oven set at itslowest heat, it is still hotter than a food dehydrator. I believe this dries the beef faster and locks in the flavor.

The key to any delicious jerky is first letting the beef sit in aflavorful marinadefor several hours, all the way up to 12 hours for maximum deliciousness.

Although making beef jerky is not a quick process, it is stillverysimple and requires just a handful of easy steps.

  1. Trim all exterior fat off the beef roast with a sharp knife. Flash freeze the beef for 30-45 minutes, so it’s frozen on the outside, but soft-ish on the inside. This aids in slicing the beef thin. Then slice the beef roast against the grain into 1/8-inch thick strips.
  2. Place the beef strips in a large zip bag. Add all remaining ingredients to the bag. Zip the bag closed, then shack and massage the beef so the seasoning/beef jerky marinade coats every strip.
  3. Place the bag in the refrigerator and marinate the beef for at least 2 hours, but up to 12 hours. *The longer the beef marinades, the better!
  4. When ready to bake, heat the oven to 175 degrees F. Line 2-3large rimmed baking sheetswith foil, and place baking racks on the pans.
  5. Drain the marinade off the beef and lay the strips in a single layer across the baking racks.
  6. Bake the beef jerky for 3-4 hours, until it reaches your desired texture. At the 3-hour mark, take one piece out of the oven and cool. Then test for texture and continue baking if needed. (If you have 2 trays in the oven, make sure to rotate between oven racks to ensure an even bake.)

Once done, allow to cool before storing in an airtight container.

If you’ve completely trimmed the fat from the beef it will keep well at room temperature for up totwo weeks, but if there is still fat on your cuts you’ll want to store the jerky in the fridge.

See? Making your own beef jerky is easy and fun!

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Best Homemade Oven Beef Jerky Cooking Tips

One of the most important things to do when making beef jerky at home is toprep the beef properlybefore marinating. It’s important to trim offallthe extra fat so that the jerky can stay out at room temperature after baking. If there are little chunks of dried fat in the jerky, it will turn rancid at room temperature.

Then “flash freeze” the beef just long enough to firm up the outside, so it ismucheasier to cut into thin strips to create these keto snacks!

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After cutting the beef into 1/8-inch strips, marinate the strips in the seasoning forat least two hours. Remember, the longer the beef soaks in the seasoning, thestrongerthe flavor will be.

I like to marinate beef jerky overnight so it’s seasoned well.

Use baking racks set inoven pansto bake the beef jerky. This allows the juices and marinade to drip down so the beef can dry out properly.

Finally,taste-testthe beef jerky early, so you don’t leave it in the oventoolong.

You’ve got this!

Get the Complete (Printable) Best Homemade Oven Beef Jerk Recipe Below. Enjoy!

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Check the printable recipe below for nutritional information including calories, protein, carbohydrates, fats, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar percentages. You can also find the prep time and total time it takes to make this recipe below.

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Best Homemade Oven Beef Jerky

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours hours

Marinating Time: 2 hours hours

Total Time: 5 hours hours 15 minutes minutes

Best Homemade Oven Beef Jerky – Our homemade beef jerky recipe makes a savory snack that's Paleo, Keto, and Gluten Free. It's packed with flavor and protein, and has the perfect chewable jerky texture!

Servings: 15

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Trim all exterior fat off the beef roast. Flash freeze the beef for 30-45 minutes, so it’s frozen on the outside, but soft-ish on the inside. This aids in slicing the beef thin. Then slice the beef roast against the grain into 1/8-inch thick strips.

  • Place the beef strips in a large zip bag. Add all remaining ingredients to the bag. Zip the bag closed, then shack and massage the beef so the seasoning coats every strip.

  • Place the bag in the refrigerator and marinate the beef for at least 2 hours, but up to 12 hours. *The longer the beef marinades, the better!

  • When ready to bake, heat the oven to 175 degrees F. Line 2-3 large rimmed baking sheets with foil, and place baking racks on the pans.

  • Drain the marinade off the beef and lay the strips in a single layer across the baking racks.

  • Bake the beef jerky for 3-4 hours, until it reaches your desired texture. At the 3-hour mark, take one piece out of the oven and cool. Then test for texture and continue baking if needed.

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Notes

If the beef jerky is dry, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

*If you leave fatty bits on the beef, you may want to refrigerate it.

Nutrition

Serving: 3strips, Calories: 124kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 750mg, Potassium: 386mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 165IU, Vitamin C: 0.6mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 2.4mg

Course: Snack

Cuisine: American

Author: Sommer Collier

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