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A wonderful snack that everyone loves! Homemade Beef Jerky is simple to make and you will never buy store-bought again. If you like Spicy Beef Jerky, just add more Tabasco or other pepper. This can also be made using venison.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, homemade jerky, jerky
Author: Debbie


  • Dehydrator


  • 3 pound chuck roast (may use eye of round, venison, or another cut of meat) Slice the meat in 1/4 inch slices.
  • 2 tablespoons Morton's Tender Quick
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco Sauce or other hot sauce of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup soy sauce preferably Tamari


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix well, cover, and place in the refrigerator overnight. The minimum marinating time you want is 4 hours but the longer you leave it, the more flavorful the jerky will be.
  • Spread the meat slices in a single layer on the dehydrator trays.
  • Dehydrate at 140 degrees for 5-6 hours until the meat becomes bendable but not brittle.
  • Store in Food Saver bags or Ziploc bags. Do not refrigerate.


The Tender Quick in this recipe acts as a preservative for storage. It contains sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate, so be aware if you are avoiding these items.