Simple recipes to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Homemade Beef Jerky

Homemade Beef Jerky

We got this #FoodieFriday recipe from a friend, Russ, over at Avenue Market on Forest St. in downtown Plymouth. Avenue Market is family owned & operated and primarily a butcher shop that sources sustainable, pasture-raised, free-range, grass-fed animal products from small family farms, mostly out of Michigan whenever possible, that are passionate about healthy and humanely raised animals.

(Insert meat) Jerky is a quick, easy, high-protein and satisfying snack; however, the cheap stuff is extremely low quality and the good stuff is quite pricey. A great way to tackle this conundrum is simply by making your own at home. All you need is a quality cut of meat (organic/pasture-raised/grass fed, preferably from a local store/farmer/market), a few ingredients and a food dehydrator…Yes, a food de-hy-dra-tor! Visit this weblink to see why you should own one.

This jerky recipe is very easy but is not an exact science – you can experiment by adding/removing ingredients, but stick to foundation. The only requirement is that you keep it in the fridge if you don’t plan on consuming it all within a day or two.

  • 2-3 lbs of a quality tri-tip or rump roast beef cut into ¼” slices
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper (more for spicier jerk)
  • 2 tbsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp tamari (gluten/gmo-free soy sauce)
      (any other seasonings of your choice to taste)


  • Mix all ingredients into a large bowl/container that has a matching top
  • Add water until contents are covered
  • Let sit in fridge for 2-5 days
  • Place slices of beef on dehydrator trays
  • Turn dehydrator on to meat/jerky setting and let dehydrate overnight
  • Eat or store in fridge!