How To Make Beef Jerky - Step By Step

  • Published on May 31, 2018
  • From trimming the cut of beef to pulling it from the Char-Broil Electric Smoker, I take you through every step of how to make delicious beef jerky. It is incredibly easy and the results can be amazing. This can also be accomplished without a smoker by using your oven and following the same process.
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  • Zerzil
    Zerzil 10 months ago +536

    Best video I've ever seen for making jerky. I really like how you lay out the options without the usual "this way is BAD" but rather inform people on how to make it a certain way and achieve a certain result if that's what they are after. Kudos man!

    • Julian Kirby
      Julian Kirby Month ago

      The only bad way to make jerky is to not making enough to share!

    • Apple Pie250
      Apple Pie250 2 months ago

      @Cooking With Ry does it matter how wet the marinade is for the jerky, and do you have to include some sort of marinade or just any liquid, like honey or something? You may not see this, but if anyone else has any idea, please help out. Thanks!

    • JellyDopeNut
      JellyDopeNut 10 months ago +4

      @Cooking With Ry I subscribed even though I hate your channel. You bring on the hunger pains to my stomach. Ps I actually love what you do. Thank you

    • Noam Bahar
      Noam Bahar 10 months ago +2

      Gordon Ramsay: wait, that's illegal

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  10 months ago +8

      Thank you. I appreciate that. There are many ways to make it, and even this way can be played with by altering the seasonings and smoke :)

  • Lisa Durant
    Lisa Durant Day ago +1

    REally really really helpful! Our local food pantry friends had to get rid of a large boxful of frozen beef cuts. Having no room in my freezer, I searched and found your channel. I can't wait for mine to be done! Thank you, Ry!

  • Kym Banks
    Kym Banks 11 days ago +1


  • Leopards Spots
    Leopards Spots 16 days ago +1

    I have made jerky two days in a row on my LoneStar Grillz offset. I had to use a piece of wood to keep the cook chamber door open instead of using the chimney. The door is almost closed on the firebox. I imagine the fire is getting air from the open CC door. It is turning out very nice. It is a struggle to keep the temp below 200 but jerky is jerky even if I get there a little faster.

  • Steve Pease
    Steve Pease 17 days ago +1

    I really like your process. I was slicing and hydrating the meat. You cut (sorry) a lot of time off the "making" process by the London broil and get a jerky that is edible not a tug of war.

  • maruice brunet
    maruice brunet 21 day ago +1

    This is my favorite thank you for sharing I just subscribed to your channel God bless you always

  • Shawn Taylor
    Shawn Taylor 29 days ago +1

    Have some of your videos disappeared? I thought there was a beef jerky one where you used very basic ingredients. Worchestershire and soy sauces, garlic and onion powder. maybe some chili flakes also. I can't seem to find it now.

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  29 days ago

      I don't think anything is gone. Here's the Jerky playlist where everything should be: :)

  • Joshua Pursell
    Joshua Pursell Month ago +1

    You’re awesome dude! I like how you fully described and covered all the material! Thanks man

  • shawn charles
    shawn charles Month ago +1

    Best looking beef jerky I seen on the tube so far

  • Breanna Birney
    Breanna Birney Month ago +1

    Doesn’t anyone else wish there was a thing to exist where you could taste test through a screen?😂

  • Charles Givilancz
    Charles Givilancz Month ago +1

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! Finally someone that actually covers how to tell if the jerky is done. I have been so frustrated by so many other videos. Low Res, they go from setting up and putting it in the oven then suddenly they are eating it. I can't believe how many jerky videos I watch that don't cover the MOST IMPORTANT PART OF MAKING JERKY.

  • JRX 2
    JRX 2 Month ago +1

    how about a dehydrator?

  • D G
    D G Month ago +1

    I’m gonna make me some jerky now ... great video and great presenter !!!

  • 123kebabaffe
    123kebabaffe Month ago +1

    awesome guy! really enjoyed your style of making videos ->sub
    greetings from austria

  • Shae Salazar
    Shae Salazar Month ago +1

    My favorite is the cheap insanely dry kinda feels like bark with a lot of black pepper and hard to pull lol don’t know why but I love it

  • Gabrielle Cautilli
    Gabrielle Cautilli Month ago +1

    do you notice any difference between the jerky on the top shelve and the bottom one? I thought smoking racks should be rotated upward every specific time. great video!

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  Month ago

      I haven't noticed any real difference, though I can imagine that certain smokers might do better with rotating the racks :)

  • Mark Francis1977
    Mark Francis1977 Month ago +1

    You and my dad are so similar. 'course he's English, but the battle of beef jerky has now started! God bless you and your family 😀

  • Princess Auria
    Princess Auria Month ago +1

    My first time watching your videos. You have a new subscriber for sure

  • Spankyblack69
    Spankyblack69 Month ago +1

    Thanks bud. That looks GREAT!!

  • Bekah
    Bekah Month ago +2

    I want you to be my papa! 😭❤️
    Love this video.

  • Ahmed Farouk
    Ahmed Farouk Month ago +1

    From Egypt with love

  • MrBowser2012
    MrBowser2012 2 months ago +1

    I do my jerky in a homemade drum smoker. I think I am somehow satisfied with simplistic tools that take 10 times as long as they need to. Plus I like swearing and kicking stuff.

  • David Thomas
    David Thomas 2 months ago +1

    Love it!! Next time try a rub pre smoke as well as the long marinade. You won’t be disappointed

  • Tyler Currie
    Tyler Currie 2 months ago +1

    He sounds kinda like mark hamil

  • Gabriel Rosso
    Gabriel Rosso 2 months ago

    If you dont have time to do overnigth, 48 hours probably is enough...

  • Nikos Th
    Nikos Th 2 months ago +1


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    John Reagan 2 months ago +1


  • olaf sieklik
    olaf sieklik 2 months ago +1

    Jerky looks amazing

  • Perry Anderson
    Perry Anderson 2 months ago +1

    i don't own an electric smoker. whats a good brand that don't cost a lot of money? and i love Jerky and yes I've used toothpicks and did it in the oven but prefer a smoker. i own a pit barrel cooker but not sure if it would work on it

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  2 months ago

      I have both a Char Broil and a Masterbuilt and like both :)

  • Backyard Grill Sergeant
    Backyard Grill Sergeant 2 months ago +1

    I can’t wait to try this.

  • Manny Kingz
    Manny Kingz 2 months ago

    “This will last a couple of days” That would last me 30 minutes give me some Clamato ,hot sauce some lime juice throw it all in a cup. UGH 🤤

  • Jus- Sayin
    Jus- Sayin 2 months ago +1

    Ok now I need an electric smoker. I used a dehydrator but the smoker sounds enticing.

  • ModernRider
    ModernRider 2 months ago +1

    My buddy has that smoker and swears by it. Dry affordable too which is great!

  • Manuel Martinez
    Manuel Martinez 2 months ago +1

    Best cooking video ever👍🏼

  • Lazaro Torres
    Lazaro Torres 3 months ago +2

    Great video I loved it and I will try making Jerky soon.

  • Linear Wolf
    Linear Wolf 3 months ago +1

    Starting today, im gonna watch ur vids before I sleep.
    It so soothing.

  • Oculus 111
    Oculus 111 3 months ago +1

    Across the grain is better

  • unafilliated x
    unafilliated x 3 months ago

    London broil is indeed a cut of meat

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  3 months ago

      @unafilliated x No, it's not incorrect. The cut is a specific part from the animal. London Broil is sometimes one of several cuts, either Top Round (most often), bottom round, and I've even seen flank steak sold under that label. The name is the preparation, not the cut.

    • unafilliated x
      unafilliated x 3 months ago

      @Cooking With Ry Its BOTH but to say it is not a cut of meat present day, is incorrect.

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  3 months ago

      It's a preparation, not a cut. It's marketed as that name but traditionally it's a top round.

  • Deva Akdemir
    Deva Akdemir 3 months ago +1

    Love your videos! Keep up the great job!!!!

  • Brad Johnson
    Brad Johnson 3 months ago +1

    Ry, another great recipe and video, thanks!
    So I watched your video about making jerky in the oven since I don’t have a smoker per se. I have a char griller and have made your ribs and chicken on indirect heat and they were GREAT! You think these would work using indirect heat on my grill? And would you expect time and temps to be about the same as your video?

    • Brad Johnson
      Brad Johnson 3 months ago

      Cooking With Ry as a newbie, you have challenged me and everyone for that matter, to have fun and experiment. I accept that challenge, well once the temperature drops from the 100’s here! 😱

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  3 months ago

      If you can keep the temp down in that 160-170 range, it should be about the same time frame :)

  • Mark Clark
    Mark Clark 3 months ago +1

    I started smoking meats on an electric smoker. Once i learned the fundamentals of bbq and graduated from the electric smoker the only thing i EVER used it for was jerky. I eventually got rid of it and now just use a dehydrator. Love homemade jerky. So much better than any store brand. I can make 2.5 lbs of meat and between me and my fiance its gone within 24 hours. My 1 tip though is to remove all moisture or liquids from the surface of the meat. The more wet the surface is the longer it will take to dry because all that moisture has to be cooked off first. However, if you dont mind a longer cook time and want some of that flavor to cook onto the meat then dont worry about it. Damn i want some jerky now Ry. Thanks for the craving bud.

  • Nikolas Huist.
    Nikolas Huist. 3 months ago +1

    I’m not really into jerky, but my wife is. This might score me some points.

  • Garrett Owens
    Garrett Owens 3 months ago +1

    i had done this, screwed it up the first time, cut it to thick, even still it was awesome. i also kept the fat on when i did it, it didnt last a day...

  • Memes And Music
    Memes And Music 3 months ago +2

    Thank you! I’m going to make this with my dad soon.

  • John Sumner
    John Sumner 4 months ago +1

    I know jerky can be stored and saved for months. But why would you? It's so good, why wait?

    • John Sumner
      John Sumner 4 months ago +1

      This is actually my first time making jerky. I go tired of buying it from the neighbor and figured my own might taste better. When I bought it it never lasted the night. Thanks for a great how to video.

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  4 months ago

      Mine never lasts more than a few days :)

  • Yt ex Corrupt
    Yt ex Corrupt 4 months ago +1

    Hey first time I’ve ever watched this guy so cool helped me clear my mind his voice was soothing

  • jonte1977
    jonte1977 4 months ago +1

    Thank you very much for making this world to a better place.

  • Walter Ontiveros
    Walter Ontiveros 4 months ago +1

    Well oxygen absorbers and help keep it preserved longer how long would you say

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  4 months ago +1

      Have no idea. I don't make it for long term storage. It's gone within days in my house.

  • Cryptologist101
    Cryptologist101 4 months ago +1

    Ry, I definitely remember Kissinger along with Secretary of Defense Robert (strange) McNamara 1961 - 1968. That sumbitch was the architect of stupidity in the Vietnam War.
    I appreciate the video you made on making your own beef jerky it was excellent! Better than buying it in the store because there's not all the chemicals and preservatives. I especially appreciate the way you explained on how to slice the meat with the grain or against it to get a better chew outcome. I have only one problem with your jerky, as fast as I can make it I EAT IT! ; )

  • TheGholiday
    TheGholiday 4 months ago +1

    Are you using Celsius or Fahrenheit for temperature?

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  4 months ago

      Fahrenheit. In my more recent videos I have conversions that show on screen :)

  • Kat Smith
    Kat Smith 4 months ago +1

    This my first time watching you're videos and you seem like a cool guy just subscribed!

  • TowelGirl2331506
    TowelGirl2331506 4 months ago +1

    I loved this video! I have been making homemade beef jerky on and off for about eight years now and I am just now perfecting my technique! We use a dehydrator at our house. I bet you are an awesome neighbor… And don’t worry, you are not alone, we steal early pieces off the racks before they are done too! Quality control, right? 🤣

    • TowelGirl2331506
      TowelGirl2331506 4 months ago

      Yes! My husband and I joke that we are “testing it”, just to make sure an imaginary King somewhere does not get poisoned
      We both laughed at your Kissinger jokes btw 😊

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  4 months ago

      It's only right to make sure the taste is correct :)

  • David F
    David F 4 months ago +1

    Meat slicers are fantastic.

  • Sam Hippey
    Sam Hippey 4 months ago +1

    I'm new to you , I enjoy your vids I old school smoke meat's and your good at this and your good info for new people

  • Deril Stubenrod
    Deril Stubenrod 4 months ago +1

    You have a great recipe for jerky here. The only difference between your style and mine is that I use a vacuum sealer when I marinate and I also use a small amount of hickory in the chips. I love your approach - great job.

  • Norman De George
    Norman De George 4 months ago

    Is that a Guardian Angel on your refrigerator?

    • Norman De George
      Norman De George 4 months ago +1

      It’s a picture of a guardian angel watching over two children crossing a bridge. I have that same picture, a little larger, hanging in my home. Beef jerky looks awesome.

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  4 months ago

      Could be. I've moved things around since then so I can't look and see :)

  • Blue Pepper
    Blue Pepper 4 months ago +1

    Can’t believe I didn’t learn this in chemistry
    Sub earned!

  • Aaron Goldschmidt
    Aaron Goldschmidt 4 months ago +1

    How hot was the smoker? Because I would want to make some in the oven.

    • Cooking With Ry
      Cooking With Ry  4 months ago

      Here's a video I did on making beef jerky in the oven: :)

  • Eric V
    Eric V 4 months ago +1

    What a cool guy

  • Robert Kohut
    Robert Kohut 5 months ago