Make your own Teriyaki Beef Jerky at home with a dehydrator. Marinated in brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, and fresh ginger, every bite is tender, full of flavor, and irresistible! The perfect high protein, low carb snack!
If I would have know that making beef jerky was this easy, I would have bought a food dehydrator a long time ago! The first recipe I made in my dehydrator were these Cinnamon Apples and they are crazy easy to make. I decided to try some jerky and it was even easier! The hubby told me that going forward, store bought jerky is no longer allowed in this house…only my homemade version. And I couldn’t agree more. There’s hardly any effort to making it and it taste so much better. Now that I’ve mastered the recipe, I’m going to walk you through how to make beef jerky using a dehydrator.
Best Cut Of Beef For Jerky
I’ve used top round and eye of round for dehydrating beef jerky and my favorite is top round. Top round comes from the back of the cow, is lean, and extremely tender. There’s a little bit of marbling in top round which helps contribute to the flavor and tenderness of this cut of meat. Eye of round comes from the rear leg of the cow. It’s lean, but more tough. I think eye of round is the most popular cut for making jerky, but personally I enjoy the taste and tenderness of top round. It’s incredibly flavorful.
Other cuts of beef you can use to make beef jerky are sirloin tip and flank steak. Sirloin tip is lean and tender, but a bit more expensive. If you use flank steak, make sure you cut it against the grain so it’s not as tough. I always have my grocery store butcher cut my beef for me. Just tell them you’re making jerky and they’ll be happy to slice it. My butcher typically cuts mine in 5-mm thick slices.
Beef Jerky Marinade
When making Teriyaki Beef Jerky, you’ll first need to marinate the meat. Here’s the ingredients you’ll need:
- 2 Pounds Top Round – cut it yourself or have your butcher cut it to save yourself some time.
- Soy Sauce – a key ingredient in teriyaki marinades. The salt helps cut down on some of the sweet from the other ingredients.
- Light Brown Sugar – provides some sweetness to the jerky. Don’t use a dark brown sugar because the jerky will turn out too sweet.
- Fresh Ginger – a main component of teriyaki sauce that provides a bold flavor.
- Garlic – adds a wow factor and pairs amazingly well with the fresh ginger.
- Sesame Oil – brings forth a rich, nutty, toasty taste.
- Pineapple Juice – contains an enzyme that helps tenderize the meat. Plus, it provides an amazing sweet flavor.
- Sesame Seeds – this is an optional ingredient but looks amazing on beef jerky once it’s done.
How To Make Beef Jerky
- Start off by combining all the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Stir well.
- Place the sliced top round in a gallon Ziplock bag and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag and shake well until all the meat is covered in the teriyaki marinade. Place the baggie in the refrigerator and let it marinate overnight.
- After 12-24 hours, discard the marinade and place the the marinated beef evenly on the dehydrator food trays.
- Dehydrate at 165 degrees fahrenheit for 6 hours. When done, remove from the trays and enjoy!
Can You Make Beef Jerky In The Oven?
Yes, you can. Personally, I’m a believer of slow and low when it comes to smoking meat and dehydrating foods. Ovens typically don’t go lower than 170 degrees Fahrenheit, and the dehydrator goes way lower in temperature. If you do decide to make beef jerky in the oven, set the temperate to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil and place the beef evenly onto the sheets. Bake for for 3-4 hours until done.
Keep in mind that even when the oven is set to the lowest temperature, it still gets hotter than a food dehydrator. This dries the beef faster. I find that drying meat in the oven dries it out more, so it’s not my prefered method for making jerky.
I use a Cosori Dehydrator because it’s so easy to use. It’s also easy to clean and easy to store. It’s a great kitchen tool to make healthy beef jerky, snacks, fruit leathers. And, I can preserve herbs. Dehydrating food is basically a process of removing moisture from food. A food dehydrator uses a heat element and air vents to allow air circulation. The dehydrator heating element, fans, and vents work together to remove moisture. The heating element warms the food causing its moisture to be released. The dehydrator fan then blows the warm, moist air out of the appliance via the air vents. This process continues for hours until the food is dried to a lower water content.
How Long Will Dehydrated Beef Jerky Last?
It will last in an airtight container for 1-2 months. I bought these containers and I love them! They stores the jerky, freeze dried, and dehydrated foods perfectly!
If Beef Jerky Healthy?
It’s a great snack that is a good source of protein that will keep you full. You can also make jerky from just about any meat, such as turkey and salmon. It’s low in calories, lean, and high in protein.
Expert Tips and Ideas
- Homemade Teriyaki Beef Jerky makes a wonderful gift during the holiday season! Take some to work and share it with your co-workers. It also makes a great teacher gift!
- If you have a juicer, you can take a pineapple and produce fresh pineapple juice. Fresh pineapple juice in this recipe is phenomenal!
- If you’re gluten free, use a soy sauce that doesn’t contain gluten.
- If you’re beef contains a layer of fat, cut it off before slicing the beef.
- Tell your butcher you’re making beef jerky and they’ll gladly cut the beef for you. They’ll also remove any layers of fat.
- When I make a fresh batch, I put it in a jar and placed it on the counter for people to easily grab. It’s such a great high protein snack!
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I can’t wait to hear how your jerky turns out! Please leave me a comment if you make it and tag me @recipesworthrepeating on Instagram and hashtag it #recipesworthrepeating so I can see what you made!
Teriyaki Beef Jerky
- Cut the beef across the grain into 5-mm thick slices. Or, have the butcher slice the meat.
- Mix the sesame oil, soy sauce, light brown sugar, fresh garlic, pineapple juice, and sesame seeds in a bowl.
- Please the beef and marinade in a Ziplock plastic bag and move around until the meat is fully saturated.
- Marinate in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
- Drain and discard the marinade.
- Place the marinated beef on the wire trays in the dehydrator and close the door.
- Dehydrate at 165 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 hours.
- Serve immediately and store in an airtight container.