How to Dehydrate Beef Jerky with "The Beast" Food Dehydrator 🔥

Written by: Karl Guzman



Time to read 12 min

Ah, beef jerky – the timeless, chewy, protein-packed snack that’s been a favorite for ages! Whether you’re a jerky veteran or a newcomer, you’ve likely felt the pinch of store-bought prices and yearned for a more homemade, flavorful experience.


Well, saddle up, folks! It’s high time we break out "The Beast", our trusty food dehydrator, and roll up our sleeves for some good old-fashioned jerky making. We’ve already put this wonder to use with those spicy chilis, but now it’s time to embark on a new adventure, conquering the lands of savory, delicious beef jerky!


By making your own jerky, you’re not just saving pennies; you’re embarking on a journey of flavor discovery, tweaking and perfecting the snack to hit your taste buds just right. Plus, there’s nothing quite like enjoying the fruits (or, well, meats) of your labor with a piece of jerky that’s been crafted with love and care right in your kitchen.


So, to all the canners, farmers, and homesteaders out there – let’s dive into the wonderful world of dehydrating beef jerky with "The Beast" and create some drool-worthy, homemade, flavorful goodness that’s bound to have folks coming back for more!


Prep time

15 min

Dehydrate Time

1 hour


Varies based on chilli quantity





Beef jerky is a timeless, flavorful snack that’s a hit with just about everyone. It's beef in its most snackable form, marinated and dried until it’s just right. It’s been the go-to fuel for folks living off the land for ages!

When you make beef jerky at home with "The Beast", it’s more than making a snack. It’s about being self-sufficient, trying out your kitchen skills, and enjoying simple, tasty food. With "The Beast", you can turn good beef into great jerky, just the way you like it!

Making beef jerky yourself means you decide the flavor. Whether you like it smoky, spicy, sweet, or plain, you call the shots on the cuts, the marinade, and the drying. It’s all about finding the jerky goldmine—discovering and sharing the perfect texture and taste!

So, let’s dive in and get our hands into making some top-notch homemade beef jerky with "The Beast". Say goodbye to the store-bought stuff!


Alrighty folks, before we jump right into making some mouth-watering beef jerky, there are a couple of things you gotta know.

First off, picking the right cut of beef is crucial. You want something lean because any extra fat could make your jerky go bad faster. Think cuts like eye of round or sirloin tip – those are the real deal for jerky!

Now, the marinade is where you get to be the flavor maestro. It’s all about balancing the salty, the sweet, and the spicy, making each bite a taste sensation. So, pick your ingredients with some thought, and let your jerky be a masterpiece of flavors!

Cutting the beef is another step you want to nail. Thin, uniform slices are what you’re aiming for. They dry evenly, giving you that perfect jerky texture. A really sharp knife or even a meat slicer will get you those immaculate strips.

And, remember, dehydrating is all about patience. It’s not a sprint; it’s a journey of flavors slowly melding and moisture gently waltzing away. So, let "The Beast" do its thing and look forward to some unforgettable jerky!





Alright, so we’re gonna talk about the real stars of the show here – the ingredients! In beef jerky, every little component plays its part in making each bite unforgettable, and let’s just say, we’ve got some top-tier players on our team!

  1. Beef: We’re talking lean and mean cuts here, folks! Eye of round or sirloin tip, these cuts are jam-packed with flavor and are just waiting to be transformed into jerky goodness. This is where the magic starts!

  2. Marinade: This is where your jerky gets its personality! A blend of soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and a splash of liquid smoke gives a robust, hearty flavor. Toss in some brown sugar, and you’ve got yourself a symphony of sweet, salty, and savory!

  3. Spices: It’s all about the kick, right? Black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder – these are the supporting actors that give your jerky that extra zing and make each bite a flavor explosion. They’re the unsung heroes of the jerky world!

  4. Curing Salt: Now, this guy is all about keeping things safe. A pinch of curing salt helps in preserving your jerky, ensuring it stays fresh and safe to munch on for longer. It’s the guardian angel of the jerky world!

So, with these power-packed ingredients, you’re setting the stage for some beef jerky that’s bound to be the talk of the town! Get ready to be wowed!


Now, the heavy lifter here is obviously “The Beast” our food dehydrator. This bad boy is essential to draw out all the moisture, concentrating the flavors, and making the beef chewy and delicious. This guy’s got your back when it comes to drying out those slices to jerky perfection!

But, let’s not forget about:

  1. Sharp Knives: You’re gonna need some sharp knives to slice your beef thin. A sharp blade makes sure your cuts are clean, consistent, and safe.

  2. Cutting Board: A sturdy, reliable cutting board is your best friend when it comes to prepping. We don’t want any accidents happening, now do we?

  3. Mixing Bowls: To mix up your marinade and get those flavors melding together, you’ll need a good ol’ mixing bowl. This is where the flavor magic happens!

  4. Measuring Cups and Spoons: Let’s keep those flavor proportions in check! Measuring tools are the key to a balanced and delicious marinade.

  5. Plastic Bags or Sealable Containers: You need something to marinate your beef in. A zip-lock bag or a container with a tight lid does the trick.

Remember, having the right tools on hand is crucial. It makes the process smoother, and you can focus on the fun part – making and eating the jerky! So, gear up and let’s make some mouthwatering beef jerky with “The Beast”!


When making beef jerky, it’s always smooth sailin’ if we’re prepped for some bumps along the way. So, here are a few things to watch out for and some handy-dandy solutions:

  1. Too Moist or Too Dry: Hitting the jerky sweet spot can be tricky. If it’s too moist, it can spoil; too dry, and it's like chewing leather. Check on your jerky periodically, and remember, it should be chewy and slightly moist, not brittle.

  2. Inconsistent Slicing: If you find your slices are a bit all over the place, it could make drying uneven. Consistency is key! Consider partially freezing the meat beforehand; it makes slicing evenly a breeze.

  3. Too Salty or Too Sweet: Balance is the spice of life! If you find your jerky tipping the scales on salt or sweetness, adjust your marinade. Taste as you go and tweak those flavors to your liking.

  4. Mold Issues: We don’t want any unwanted guests on our jerky. Ensure your jerky is properly dried and stored in a cool, dark place. If you see any mold, it's a no-go, better to be safe than sorry!

  5. Texture Troubles: If the texture ain’t right, it could be the cut of the meat or the marinade time. Experiment with different cuts and marinating times to find what tickles your taste buds!

And, if you’re running into any hiccups or need a bit of guidance, we’re always here to lend a helping hand. Just remember, every batch is a learning experience, so enjoy the journey of crafting your perfect jerky!


Beef Jerky with "The Beast" Food Dehydrator

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes

  • Marinating Time: 3-24 hours (the longer, the better!)

  • Dehydrating Time: 4-8 hours (depending on thickness and preferred chewiness)

  • Total Time: About 8 to 32 hours

  • Servings: Varies based on meat thickness and slice size

  • Estimated Yield: Approximately ¾ pound of beef jerky for every 1 pound of fresh meat



  • 1 Pound of Beef (Top Round, Bottom Round, or Sirloin) - thinly sliced

  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper

  • ¼ Cup Soy Sauce

  • ¼ Cup Worcestershire Sauce

  • ¼ Cup Garlic, minced

  • 2 Teaspoon Brown Sugar


Getting Started:


  1. Prepare the Beef:

    - Start with a pound of your preferred cut: Top Round, Bottom Round, or Sirloin. These cuts are lean, which is ideal for making jerky.

    - Trim any visible fat as it can cause the jerky to spoil.

    - Pop the beef in the freezer for about 30 minutes; this makes slicing it much easier.

    - Slice the beef thinly, against the grain, to get that perfect chew.



  1. Create the Marinade:

    • In a bowl, mix together 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, ¼ cup of soy sauce, ¼ cup of Worcestershire sauce, ¼ cup of minced garlic, and 2 teaspoons of brown sugar until well combined.

    • This flavorful marinade is going to infuse the beef with a savory, garlicky sweetness, enhancing the natural flavors of the meat.

  2. Marinate the Beef:

    • Place your sliced beef in a zip-lock bag and pour in the marinade. Give it a good shake or massage to ensure that every slice is well coated with the marinade.

    • Refrigerate the marinating beef for at least 3 hours, or even better, overnight. The longer it marinates, the more flavorful it’ll be!


  1. Load Up "The Beast":

    • Lay out the marinated beef slices on the dehydrator trays. Make sure they don’t overlap and have some space around them for proper air circulation.
    • Use "The Beast" Food Dehydrator to ensure an even and efficient dehydration process, locking in all the wonderful flavors.
  2. Set the Temperature:

    • Set "The Beast" to 160°F. This is the recommended temperature for dehydrating meat, ensuring that it’s safe to eat and deliciously chewy.
  3. Dehydrate:

    • Dehydrate the beef for about 4-8 hours, depending on how chewy you like your jerky and how thick your slices are.
    • Check the jerky at the 4-hour mark. If you like it a bit more on the chewy side, feel free to let it go for a full 8 hours.
    • Remember, the jerky will continue to dry a bit as it cools, so don’t wait for it to get fully “crisp.”
  4. Storage:

    • Once your jerky is done dehydrating to your liking, remove it from "The Beast" and let it cool completely before storing.
    • Store your homemade jerky in an airtight container or zip-lock bag. Keep it in a cool, dark place, and it should last you several weeks (if you can resist eating it all at once!).


  • You can experiment with the thickness of the slices and the dehydrating time to find what you prefer. Thicker slices and longer times will give a chewier jerky, while thinner slices and shorter times will make it crisper.
  • Feel free to play around with the marinade ingredients too! Add more heat, more sweet, or more savory elements to suit your taste buds.


Shake Up the Marinade:

  • Feel free to experiment with the marinade to create a jerky that’s uniquely yours! Maybe you’re in the mood for something spicier? Add in some crushed red pepper flakes or a splash of hot sauce. Prefer it a touch sweeter? A drizzle of honey or a sprinkle of extra brown sugar could be your go-to.

Play with the Cuts:

  • Different cuts of beef bring their own flavor and texture to the table. If you fancy trying something different, why not venture into cuts like flank steak or brisket? Just remember to trim any excess fat and slice against the grain for the best results.

Explore Other Meats:

  • If you're looking to branch out from beef, chicken, turkey, or even game meats like venison can make exceptional jerky. The principle remains the same; lean cuts work best, and marinating times might vary, so keep an eye on it!

Marination Exploration:

  • If you have a favorite marinade that you use for other dishes, why not give it a go for your jerky? Maybe a teriyaki or a BBQ marinade is more your style. The possibilities are endless, and each batch of jerky can be a new flavor adventure.

Go for a Different Flavor Profile:

  • Maybe you fancy a bit of an international twist? You can try adding flavors like lime and cilantro for a Mexican vibe, or ginger and sesame oil for an Asian flair. The world of flavors is your oyster, dive in and explore!

Remember, The Goal is to Have Fun:

  • The joy in making your own jerky is in the experimentation. The tweaks and changes you make each time lead to discovering your perfect jerky recipe. So, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try something new!


The joy of finding the perfect partners for your homemade beef jerky! Whether it’s beverages, sides, or even dips, the right pairing can elevate your jerky experience to a whole new level. Here are some tasty, uncommon but fun pairing ideas:


  1. Craft Beers: A chilled craft beer is a classic partner for beef jerky. Go for an IPA to complement the spicy kick or a smooth lager to balance out the flavors.

  2. Cheese Boards: Arrange a delicious cheese board featuring a selection of your favorite cheeses, some fruits, and nuts. The creaminess of the cheese pairs wonderfully with the savory, chewy jerky.

  3. Fresh Fruits: A side of fresh fruits like apples, pears, or grapes can introduce a refreshing, juicy contrast to the intense flavors of the jerky.

  4. Mixed Nuts: Whether it’s almonds, cashews, or pistachios, mixed nuts offer a crunchy texture and rich taste that works wonderfully with the chewiness of jerky.

  5. Crackers and Dips: A variety of crackers along with flavorful dips like hummus or guacamole can be delightful companions to your jerky, offering a blend of textures and flavors.

  6. Vegetable Sticks: Crunchy vegetable sticks like carrots, celery, or cucumbers with a flavorful dip can add a fresh and crisp element to your jerky meal.

  7. Wine: Yes, wine! A bold red wine or a refreshing white, both can form harmonious pairings with different jerky flavors. Explore and find your favorite combo!

Remember, the best pairings are the ones that suit your palate. So, don’t be afraid to experiment and discover your personal favorites. Enjoy every bite and sip with your delectable beef jerky!


Well, there we have it, folks – a journey into the rugged and savory world of homemade beef jerky with the help of our powerful “The Beast” Food Dehydrator! Who knew that transforming a piece of beef into a flavorful, long-lasting snack could be so rewarding? 


From the thoughtful selection of ingredients to finding the perfect pairings, every step is a testament to the joys of making food at home.

Whether you’re a homesteader, a farmer, or simply someone who loves to experiment in the kitchen, diving into the world of dehydrating can open up a whole new realm of culinary possibilities. It’s about going back to the basics, understanding our food, and savoring every bite – all while appreciating the effort and love poured into creating these delectable treats.

So, grab “The Beast,” pick your favorite cut of beef, and let’s get dehydrating! Explore different marinades, try out various cuts, and find your signature jerky style. And when you do, remember to share it with the world or, at the very least, with some friends and family. Because good food, much like joy, multiplies when it is shared.

We hope this guide has ignited a spark of culinary curiosity and inspiration in you. May your dehydrating adventures be fruitful (or should we say, meatful?), and may your kitchen be filled with the rich, tantalizing aromas of homemade beef jerky! Happy dehydrating, and as always, happy eating!


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