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Homemade Black Pepper Beef Jerky in Oven

Homemade Sheet Pan Black Pepper Beef Jerky (Easy Recipe)

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2 pounds top round steak (or eye or flank steak), trimmed from any fat and thinly sliced against the grain    

½ cup water

1 tsp smoked paprika

2 tsp freshly ground black pepper plus extra for sprinkling

2 tbsp salt


  1. In a bowl combine water, salt, smoked paprika and black pepper.
  2. Add the steak and toss until the steak is evenly coated.
  3. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 175°F.
  5. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over the foil.
  6. Lay the beef strips out in a single layer on the wire rack.
  7. Sprinkle with extra coarsely ground black pepper.
  8. Bake the beef in the preheated oven until dry and leathery, about 4 to 6 hours, flipping the beef once about halfway through. (see note*)
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  10. Transfer in a container and refrigerate for up to 1 month.



The total time is dependent on the thickness of the meat.

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