Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky

These thin strips of dried beef are extremely lightweight, easy to pack and offers a good balance of fat, proteins and carbohydrates.

servings: 3 | calories: 249 | cooking time: 0 min | weight: 38 gr / oz
Category: dairy-free, dehydrated, gluten-free, high-energy, lightweight, paleo-friendly, snacks

nutrition info:

calories: 249, protein: 33.1 g, carbs: 13.2 g, fat: 6.4 g, sugars: 7.3 g, sodium: 1485 mg

you'll need:

300 gs lean cut of beef (0.66 lb)
1/2 cup light soy sauce
1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

at home:

Trim off any excess fat and silverskin from beef.
Place beef in a zip-lock bag and freeze for about 2 hours until firmed up.
Remove meat from freezer and cut into 1/4”-1/8’’ (3-6mm) strips.
In a bowl combine all the ingredients for marinade.
Add the beef to marinade and stir well to coat each slice.
Cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
Take meat out. Drain in a colander.
Place beef slices on dehydrator tray.
Dry at 160-165F/71-74C for 1 hour, then reduce temperature to 155F/68C and continue to dry until pliable, with no moisture pockets visible (about 5-7 hours).

on the trail:


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  1. Stevie D on April 19, 2022 at 9:12 am

    Hi, loving your website as I start a foray into DIY backpacking meals. Do you have a favorite cut of beef you use, or top choices if your favorite is not available? Thanks.

    • Tanya Krezevska on April 19, 2022 at 9:59 am

      Hi! For jerky is better to choose a lean cut of meat aka Tenderloin, T-Bone, Top Sirloin, Tri-Tip, Flat-Half Brisket

  2. Dony Erwin on February 27, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    There’s also Braggs liquid aminos (gf), which we use in place of soy sauce.

  3. Darlene K Lubinus on April 20, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Could you use coconut amionos instead of soy sauce?

    • Tanya Krezevska on May 5, 2021 at 12:09 pm


  4. [email protected] on November 20, 2020 at 12:26 am

    This recipe is amazing. The beef jerky is delicious. I’ll be making this for snacking at home as well as on the trail.

    • Tanya Krezevska on November 23, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you!

  5. Alain on February 15, 2019 at 6:54 am

    I don’t think it is gluten free because the soy sauce is not (generally)

    PS: I love your web site 🙂

    • Tanya Krezevska on February 20, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Alain! Kikkoman produces gluten-free soy sauce and tamari

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