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The Best (and Easiest) Way to Make Beef Jerky at Home

Beef jerky is a favorite snack for just about everyone. While you may think you need a smoker, dehydrator or jerky gun to make it, you can actually make it at home without those things pretty easily.

You just need ground beef and jerky spice to make this recipe. If you prefer to make your jerky out of venison, you can switch your ground beef out for ground venison.

To make your jerky, start by combining your jerky seasoning and jerky cure with a little bit of water. You will then mix this in with your ground beef. At this point, you will want to place the meat mixture in the refrigerator for at least an hour. If you have time, it's really best if you can leave it overnight.

Now, you are ready to make your jerky. To do this, you will roll your jerky into small discs and place it in the oven at the lowest setting for a couple of hours. While it is cooking, crack the door of the oven open a bit so that it will cook correctly. Finally, you are ready to enjoy your jerky.

You can find all the instructions for this great recipe in this video.


One of the best things about this recipe is that it is so versatile. You can use just about any type of meat you want to make the jerky. Plus, you can add things like red pepper or ground black pepper to the top to change up the taste in unique ways.

This simple recipe is great for when you are craving a great batch of homemade jerky, but don't have the traditional tools on hand to make it. With very little effort you can make a huge batch to enjoy for days.

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The Best (and Easiest) Way to Make Beef Jerky at Home