Homemade Teriyaki Beef Jerky With a Dehydrator

Know exactly whats in your Teriyaki beef jerky when you make it at home in the dehydrator.
Terkiyaki Beef Jerky

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I was shocked when I realized how easy and inexpensive it is to make beef jerky!

I spent years buying overpriced bags of jerky from gas stations and grocery stores, but now both me and my wallet prefer to make it at home.

For something less sweet, check out our savory peppered beef jerky.

Homemade Teriyaki Beef Jerky with a Dehydrator

While you can make jerky in your oven or smoker, I’ve found that using a dehydrator is the easiest and most efficient way.

I recommend the Meat! Your Maker Dehydrator. It’s affordable and has plenty of room to make a decent-sized batch of jerky.

It’s also great for dehydrating fruit, making fruit leather, or dehydrating any other food to extend shelf life. 

My model has six trays, which is plenty big enough for my family. You can also get a 10-tray version if you want to make huge batches. 

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Lean beef roast – there are several different cuts of beef that you can choose from to make jerky, but you want to look for the leanest beef you can find. Minimal marbling is ideal, as the fat will not be as easy to preserve for long periods of time. I recommend using a portion of the sirloin like a top round or bottom round roast
  • Marinade – Teriyaki sauce, garlic, and Smoke Kitchen Honey Garlic rub, or use our Best Prime Rib rub.

jerky marinade ingredients on a wooden board

Equipment you’ll need

  • Sharp knife – It’s important to have a sharp knife to slice the beef. Alternatively, you can ask your butcher to slice the beef for you. 
  • Large container – with a lid to marinate your meat in. I like using a Cambro FreshPro container.
  • Dehydrator – you will need a dehydrator that’s capable of maintaining a 160°F temperature for at least 4-5 hours. 

How to Make Teriyaki Beef Jerky with a Dehydrator

1. Slice your beef

The ideal thickness for beef jerky is ¼” thick. You will need to slice your beef roast into strips, then cut it into slices depending on how big you want each piece of jerky. 

slicing raw beef for jerky

To make slicing your beef easier, place the roast in the freezer 30 minutes before you start slicing. This will make it easier to cut. 

Another option is to simply ask your butcher to slice the beef into strips for you. They have professional tools and can cut the meat into slices in no time at all. 

2. Make the jerky marinade

Great beef jerky is all about the marinade. You can infuse your meat with any flavor you like, but teriyaki is one of my favorites! 

Just add your sliced meat to your container and pour all of the marinade ingredients on top. Give it a good mix so the meat is well-coated, then you can put the lid on the container. 

raw beef in jerky marinade
 It’s important to marinate your jerky before dehydrating. This ensures that your jerky is flavorful throughout.

Let the meat marinate in the fridge for about 24 hours to get the best flavor. If you’re in a hurry, you can get away with 4-5 hours, but letting it sit for a day is the best way to go. 

3. Dehydrate 

Now it’s time to turn your beef into beef jerky!

As I mentioned before, you can do this in your oven or smoker, but the best jerky comes from a dehydrator. 

Dehydrators range in size and price, but the one I recommend for use at home is the Meat! Your Maker 6-Tray Dehydrator.

It’s sleek, maintains a steady temperature, and has enough room to make six trays of jerky at once. Plus, it’s affordable without sacrificing quality, so it’s a small investment that will last for years and years. 

raw jerky on a wire rack

Simply lay your marinated jerky strips evenly on the trays of your dehydrator.

Set the dehydrator to 160°F for 5 hours, and you’re ready.

meat! your maker dehydrator

After 5 hours, your jerky should be ready to enjoy! 

hand holding a piece of jerky

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Terkiyaki Beef Jerky

Homemade Teriyaki Beef Jerky with a Dehydrator

Chewy, tender beef jerky with a sweet, salty chili flavor.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Dehytrate: 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 313kcal
Author: Breanna Stark

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Slice your beef into ¼” thick slices and your desired length.
  • Add the teriyaki sauce, rub, garlic, and red pepper flakes to an airtight container, and combine. Add the sliced beef, and give it a good mix to coat all the meat. Marinate for at least 5 hours or up to 24 hours.
  • Transfer the slices of beef to the trays of a dehydrator and place in machine.
  • Dehydrate at 160°F for 5 hours.
  • Store jerky in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 2302mg | Potassium: 882mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 7mg
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