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How to Make Homemade Beef Jerky

How to Make the Best 5-Ingredient Homemade Beef Jerky (Easy!)



2 pounds eye of round roast, trimmed off fat and sliced thinly agains the grain

½ cup pineapple juice

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup white vinegar

1 tbsp salt or to taste


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt (or to taste) until combined.
  2. Add the meat to a bowl and toss until well coated.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 1 day.
  4. If you’re making the jerky in a dehydrator, lay the strips out in a single layer on the trays of your dehydrator.
  5. Set dehydrator according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. If you’re making the jerky in the oven, preheat oven to 175°F.
  7. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over the foil.
  8. Lay the beef strips out in a single layer on the wire rack.
  9. Bake the beef in the preheated oven until dry and leathery, about 4 to 8 hours, flipping the beef once about halfway through. (see note*)
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  11. Transfer into a container and refrigerate for up to 1 month.



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

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