So I went to go visit my family last weekend, which normally ends with me going home with a lot of farm raised beef. My grandpa had thawed out a packet of round steak and said he wasn’t going to use it that night so it was up to me to figure out what to do with it. I know that round steak is not the highest of quality cuts of meat so I was rattling my brain trying to think of what to do with it. The only thing that I could think of was to try and make homemade beef jerky with it.

I have attempted in making jerky before but was never fully successful or satisfied with the final product. I looked online for several different recipes that I could try, but since I didn’t have a dehydrator I had to think of a way of cooking the meat. I ended up taking several different recipes and compiling them into one delicious recipe!

I first started out by taking my cut of round steak and cutting it into thin slices. Add the steak into a Ziploc bag with marinade. Sadly, I did not measure out the marinade but I used brown sugar, salt, pepper, gluten free soy sauce and honey. Let steak sit in the fridge for 24 hours.

The next step was the tricky part. Because I did not have a dehydrator I had to figure out how to cook it at a low enough temperature for a long enough time without overcooking it. I read several recipes saying to start cooking it at about 165 degrees for 1 to 3 hours and then letting it set to dry.

Katie and I were actually house sitting this past weekend and the oven would not allow me to cook at 165 degrees. I proceeded to cook the steak at 200° for around two hours. As soon as the two hours had passed I then turned off the oven but kept the door shut. I kept the meat in the oven for around 6 hours. My jerky did not have the dry texture like traditional jerky as it was little soft but oh man was is oh so delicious.

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