Oven Beef Jerky

Oven roasted beef jerky

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings

You do not need a dehydrator to make this easy and flavorful oven beef jerky recipe at home. It can be dried in a conventional oven in your own kitchen. However, if you happen to own a dehydrator, you certainly can use this marinade on beef dried using that device.


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  • 1 pound boneless top round steak (or London broil, trimmed of fat)
  • 1/4 cup liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for oven beef jerky
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  2. Wrap the beef in plastic wrap and freeze 30 to 60 minutes until firm, but not rock-hard. (This makes it easier to slice evenly.)

    Beef in plastic wrap
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  3. Using a sharp knife, slice the beef across the grain into thin strips about 1/4-inch thick.

    Slice the beef cross-grain
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  4. Place liquid smoke, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a large zip-top freezer bag; seal and squish to combine.

    Combine ingredients for marinade in glass jar
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  5. Place beef strips in the marinade, re-seal, and toss to coat. Open bag, squeeze out all the air, seal, and refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight.

    Place beef in marinade
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  6. Heat oven to 250 F. Place a baking rack in a jellyroll pan and set aside.

    Baking rack in a jellyroll pan
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  7. Drain meat strips from marinade and pat dry with paper towels.

    Drain marinade from beef
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  8. Arrange beef strips on the baking rack set in the jellyroll pan in a single layer with room in between for air circulation.

    Arrange beef strips on rack
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  9. Bake for about 4 hours, until dry to the touch. Remove from oven and let air-dry in a cool dry place for another 24 hours.

    Heat beef strips and then air dry
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  10. Store in a covered container or zip-top bag.

    Beef jerky in jar
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  11. Serve and enjoy!


  • Another great way to create the marinade is to combine the liquid smoke, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a jar first, shake to mix, and pour into a zip-top freezer bag.