Jerky - Beef & Venison

how to make jerky

I love beef jerky and I have made it my entire life. I started out using an oven, then upgraded to a dehydrator and have tried every marinade under the sun.

You need to start with a lean cut such as top round, bottom round, eye of round, london broil, flank or skirt. Using a lean cut of meat that has very little fat is key.

This recipe and video is a very strait forward and delicious recipe. It works on beef or wild game. If you like your jerky spicy, at least double the cayenne and red pepper flake.

This method will work with a pellet grill or a dehydrator. If using a pellet grill you may have to run at a higher temperature since the lowest setting on many is 165.

Meat Church How To YouTube Video:

  • 2 lbs lean beef or venison, trimmed (we used eye of round in this video)
  • 1/2 C worcestershire sauce, preferably The W Sauce
  • 1/2 C soy sauce (sub Bachan's Japanese BBQ Sauce)
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 3 t Meat Church Holy Cow
  • 2 t red pepper flakes
  • 1 t cider vinegar
  • 1 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 t garlic owder
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 1/2 t onion powder
jerky marinade

    Prepare the marinade
    Mix all of the marinade ingredients with a whisk in a large bowl. Set aside. 

    Prepare the meat
    Remove any fat from the exterior or the meat.

    Using a sharp knife or slicer, slice the meat to your desired thickness as seen in this video.

    beef jerky

    I prefer thin beef jerky, which dehydrates quicker, but this is your preference.


    Marinade the meat
    Using a vac seal, ziplock or container, pour the marinade over the meat making sure to separate the slices and move them around to allow the marinade on all sides. I prefer a vac seal bag to maximize. flavor penetration. Remove as much air as possible.

    beef jerky

    Marinade in the refrigerator overnight.

    Prepare the jerky
    Remove the jerky from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Remove any excess marinade from the meat as it will lengthen the dehydration process. 

    Place each piece uniformly on the dehydrator racks making sure not to overlap. If you are using a sticky marinade you can spray the racks with cooking spray first.


    For extra spiciness add red pepper flake or black pepper to the slices.

    Dehydrate the jerky
    Place the dehydrator on 158.

    Place the trays in the dehydrator.

    deer jerky

    Dehydrate until your desired consistency. This process took 2.5 hours for my thickness in this video.

    beef jerky

    Remove the trays from the dehydrator. Remove the jerky from the trays.


    Store the jerky in vac seal bags or an airtight container.

    vacuum sealer


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