Homemade Jerky Recipe

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Jerky is good. Homemade jerky is better. We have all the info you need to make something yummy for your next adventure.

Homemade Jerky


  • 2.5 lbs thinly-sliced meat (lean meat works best)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoonred pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • Toothpicks


Step 1

In a large bowl, combine garlic, jalapeño, onion powder, black pepper, liquid smoke, red pepper flakes, honey, water and soy sauce. Add meat to marinade and refrigerate overnight.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 175°F. Line bottom shelf of oven with baking sheets and aluminium foil.

Step 3

Place marinated meat in oven to dry for 2 to 4 hours. (Lay directly on oven shelf or hang from shelf using toothpicks.)