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Easy Beef Jerky Recipe

How to Make The Best 5-Ingredient Beef Jerky at Home (Try This!)

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

2 tbsp smoked salt

1 tbsp paprika

2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

½ cup water


  1. In a bowl combine water, smoked salt, garlic powder, black pepper and paprika.   
  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. 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*)
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  9. 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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