The Best Low-Carb Homemade Beef Jerky


Step 1Before you slice the meat, place it in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours. The aim is to part-freeze it so that it's easy to slice really thin.

Step 2Once ready, use a sharp knife and slice the meat into long strips as thin as you can. I slice mine to less than 1/2 cm (1/4 inch). You can also ask you butcher to slice it for you.
Note: Slice the jerky to your preference. Slicing the meat against the grain will result in jerky that is easier to chew as it will break more easily as you chew it. If you slice it with the grain, it will be more chewy and harder to break apart.

Step 3Prepare the marinade by mixing the coconut aminos, fish sauce, coconut vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, freshly ground coarse black pepper, smoked salt and brown sugar substitute. Optionally, add chile flakes or cayenne pepper if you want to add some heat.

Step 4Use a baking tray deep enough to fit all the meat. Brush the bottom of the tray with some marinade. Place the first layer of the meat slices inside the tray and brush the tops with the marinade.

Step 5Place another meat layer on top and brush again with more marinade.

Step 6Repeat until all of the slices are in the tray. Cover with a cling film. Place in the fridge for 8 hours to marinate, or ideally overnight.

Step 7When the meat is ready, preheat the oven to 70 °C/ 160 °F (fan assisted), or 90 °C/ 195 °F (conventional). Lay the slices on clean racks (or a heatproof wire rack or a mesh net tray) and transfer into the top part of the oven.
Note: Keeping the oven door slightly open will help dehydrating the meat without cooking it. A wooden spoon or a crunched can inserted in the top of the door work best. Thanks to The Art of Manliness for this great tip!

Step 8Place a baking tray in the bottom section of your oven ready to collect all of the juices dripping from the meat (otherwise your oven will get really messy).

Step 9Dehydrate for 3 to 4 hours. The exact time depends on the thickness and position of the racks. The top rack will dehydrate faster than any racks below as the juices will drip down.

Step 10The jerky is done when it’s dry and it snaps when you bend it. Remove the jerky from the oven and let it cool down. You can leave it out for up to 24 hours. The longer you leave it, the drier it will get.
Storage: Properly dehydrated jerky is travel-friendly. Keep it in a sealed jar or a Ziploc bag at room temperature for 3-4 months.