Easy Beef Jerky Recipe

This Easy Beef Jerky Recipe is a low-cost and delicious homemade holiday food gift you can make during the holiday season.

This Easy Beef Jerky Recipe is a perfect homemade food gift for the holiday season.

This Easy Beef Jerky Recipe is a perfect homemade food gift for the holiday season.

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Make this Easy Beef Jerky Recipe to give as a homemade holiday food gift everyone will appreciate.

Easy Beef Jerky Recipe

Trim all the fat from as much beef flank steak as you care to prepare (and start with lots, since the meat will shrink a great deal as it dries). Cut the steak lengthwise (with the grain) into long, thin strips that are no more than 1/8 inch thick. Toss with 1/2 cup soy sauce that contains 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic salt and lemon pepper. Then place the strips close together — but not overlapping — in a single layer on a rack over a baking sheet, and bake in a slow oven (150 to 175 degrees Fahrenheit) overnight or 10 to 12 hours. Store the finished jerky at room temperature in an airtight container. If all the fat was trimmed away from the meat in the beginning, this jerky will keep indefinitely.


Use the Toasted Jerky Crumbles Recipe to make a tasty jerky crumble from this recipe.


Read more about making holiday food gifts and recipes: Homemade Holiday Food Gift Ideas.