I'm a beef jerky addict. No. Seriously. To the tune of about 20 bucks a WEEK at one point. After becoming aware of the dangers of store-bought jerky (the kind that are pumped full of preservatives, MSG, sodium, and nitrates), I decided to only eat my own homemade jerky. I will never go back.

Homemade Sweet and Hot Beef Jerky


1lb Thin Cut Chuck Steaks
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbs Liquid Smoke
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp steak seasoning
2 tsp red pepper flakes

Step 1

Using a rolling pin or meat mallet, pound out each steak to about 1/8 of an inch thick (this is why I buy thin cut, they are pretty thin to start with and doesn't take much pounding).

Step 2

 In a bowl, combine all the liquid and spice ingredients. Put the pounded out steaks in a Ziploc bag, pour marinade over top of the meat. Seal and massage the bag to distribute the marinade and steaks...get all the pieces coated. Let marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours, up to 12 hours.

Step 3

Place marinaded meat in a single layer on your dehydrator trays. Dehydrate overnight, 10-12 hours. 

Step 4

Enjoy!! Makes great gifts!