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So I bet a lot of you get tired of eating nuts for a snack when on the go, I know I sure do!  I have a freezer full of amazing grass fed beef and a lot of times I just don’t know what to do with some of the economical cuts.  So today I am going to share with you this amazing beef jerky recipe and also show you how easy it is to make your own beef jerky right out of your home.  Jerky does not need to be refrigerated so this makes for a great protein packed snack that is great to take on the run.  Add a piece of fruit and you have a wonderful balanced snack.

So there are several things I want to mention first.  Try to get your hands on some grass fed meat, but if you can’t then organic is your next best option.  For this recipe you can use eye of round or round steak, and flank steak.  If  this is your first time making jerky then I would recommend using flank steak.  It is a long cut of meat and it is easy to see the grain of the meat, which will make this process a lot easier for you as I will show you later in the recipe.

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The other thing I want to mention is that you can use soy sauce (which is fermented soy), or you can use liquid aminos or coconut aminos.  I will put a link below on where you can purchase some liquid aminos.  It is great for stir fry recipes and other recipes that call for soy sauce.  If you are looking for a soy free jerky then try Coconut Secret Raw Organic Vegan Coconut Aminos 8 Fl Oz.  This recipe also has worcestershire sauce.  Be sure to buy the “all natural” Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce because it is the only one that I could find that didn’t have high fructose corn syrup in it.  If you find another brand that has healthy ingredients then that is fine to use that as well.

Finally I want to talk to you about a dehydrator.  I will put a link at the end of this post showing you  where you can purchase a dehydrator.  Now there are all sorts of price points out there….but for me the important factor was price.  I spent around $65 and I love it.  I use it for my soaked nuts/crispy nuts, to make sweet potato chips (recipe to come), for this beef jerky recipe, and for many other recipes that I will share in the upcoming months.  So in my opinion, you don’t have to spend a lot (some of these dehydrators are around $500) to get a quality product.

So lets get to this recipe.  It really is quite easy, it just takes some time to marinate and then to dehydrate it, but your efforts are well worth it when you taste the finished product!

The first thing you want to do is get a 1 1/2-2 pound flank steak.  It is best to have the steak partially frozen, it will make it much more easier to cut thin strips.  If your meat is not frozen, place it into the freezer for about 45 minutes and then pull it out and cut your meat then.  You want to cut the meat along the grain.  Cut in 1/8 inch thick strips.  If using a flank steak your strips will be about 8-12 inches long, but very thin.  If you are using a round steak (like I did for this recipe), you will have shorter strips of meat, but still 1/8 inch thick.  Here is what your meat should look like once it is cut up.


Now put together your marinade by placing the following into a small bowl.  2/3 cup soy sauce or liquid aminos, 2/3 cup “all natural” worcestershire sauce (make sure it is “all natural”, they do not use high fructose corn syrup in the “all natural” version, 1 tbsp raw honey (melted slightly), 2 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp paprika, and 1 tbsp of liquid smoke.  Mix together well.  Place the meat into a gallon size plastic bag or a dish and pour the marinade on top of meat and seal up.  Place in refrigerator for 3-6 hours.  I marinated mine for 3 hours and it was just right, and wasn’t to salty.


After you are done marinating your meat, take the meat out of the marinade and place on a paper towel.  Blot the meat to dry it off a bit.  Line the meat on your individual trays of your dehydrator or if you do not have a dehydrator then you can put them on a cookie sheet and place them in the oven.  Dehydrate the beef pieces for 4-8 hours or until desired consistency.  I dehydrated mine at 165 F for 4 hours and it was perfect.  

If you are using the oven, turn the meat over every hour.  Place the temperature as low as your oven will go.  Ideally it is best not to go above 185 F but if your oven doesn’t go any lower than 200 F, you will just have to start checking it after a few hours to see if it is done.


Once your beef is done dehydrating, you will have the best beef jerky!  Store in an airtight container and grab a few when you are in need for a quick snack.  If you should have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.


Homemade Organic Grass Fed Beef Jerky Recipe
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  • 1½ - 2 pound grass fed flank steak or round steak
  • ⅔ cup soy sauce, liquid aminos or coconut aminos
  • ⅔ cup "all natural" worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp raw honey, slightly melted
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  1. See instructions above in the post.

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22 thoughts on “Homemade Organic Grass Fed Beef Jerky Recipe”

  1. Tammy Howard Gilmartin says:

    mmmm, I want to try a piece :)

  2. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    I’ll bring some down :)

  3. cajebo1 says:

    This sounds like a great whole foods alternative to a classic recipe. Would you mind if I shared your recipe, with links of course, on my upcoming nothing-but-jerky website?Thanks again for your recipe, time, and spot-on photos.Michael

    1. hallecottis says:

      cajebo1 Hi Michael,I have no problems with you sharing this recipe on your up and coming site.  Be sure to come back and tell us about it when you launch it.  I saw you became a fan on our facebook page…feel free to stop by when your site is up and running and share your site with us.  Welcome :)

  4. Sue1776 says:

    Bragg’s liquid aminoes is made from soybeans.

    1. hallecottis says:

      Sue1776 Thanks You for pointing that out…for some reason I thought it was not, but you are right.  I will have to check the ingredients of my coconut aminos next.  Thanks again for pointing this out :) ~Halle

    2. Becky says:

      Coconut aminos do not have soybeans and it taste fantastic! Like soy sauce only better.

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  6. cjwinger says:

    Loved this post! And wanted you to know that it’s my featured pick this week in tomorrow’s Homestead Barn Hop! Keep up the great work- this is definitely on my list to try. :)

    1. hallecottis says:

      cjwinger Thanks so much for the feature :)

  7. deliat says:

    do you think you could use tarmari in lue of the soy sauce ?

    1. hallecottis says:

      deliat Tamari would work out just fine.

  8. Barbara says:

    Just an FYI..while everyone says to cut with the grain…Alton Brown says the cut against the grain…made this for my kids two years in a row…and they LOVED LOVED LOVE it!! I’ have not made it cutting with I don’t know..but they are jerky eaters and said the consistency was fab!

  9. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing this beef jerky recipe with me! I made it tonight…amazing! Just shared your post on FB :)

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      So glad you enjoyed it :)

  10. jamma13 says:

    I have heard that Bragg’s liquid aminos becomes MSG when heated. Is this true?

  11. Jennifer says:

    Is there a “natural” liquid smoke out there? I notice it has caramel coloring usually… I won’t be using that (gluten). :(


  12. Emerson says:

    I was wondering if you can use that recipe with ground beef… I make jerky on my Nesco dehydrator and have a jerky gun. Can I marinade ground beef in the sauce recipe and then load the beef into the gun and make the strips that way? Will that cure and flavor the beef the same? When I first started, I used the packets, but they had MSG and other ingredients I did not want, but I was just trying it out to see how it worked. Now I’d like to find a recipe that is more healthy, but still cures the beef and flavors it properly as well…

    1. Becky says:

      I am wondering the same thing. Just got my Nesco Jerky gun but won’t be using their cure and spice packets. Not healthy.

  13. nicole says:

    This looks amazing! How long do you think it will keep before spoiling? Also, does it need to be refrigerated?

  14. Cindy Olive says:

    This is the first time I ever tried a jerky recipe on my dehydrator and guess what guys I finally got a lot of compliments from kids already. What a relief..!

    5 Stars for the recipe.

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