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How to Make Turkey Jerky

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How to Make Turkey Jerky
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12
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How to Make Turkey Jerky

Here’s how to make homemade turkey jerky in your oven!

Ingredients

2
pounds boneless skinless turkey breast, sliced thin
1/2
cup soy sauce
2
tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3
tablespoons honey
2
tablespoons sriracha chili sauce
2
teaspoons red pepper flakes
2
teaspoons coarse ground black pepper

Directions

  • 1 Stick turkey breast in the freezer for 20-30 minutes so it firms up. Then use a very sharp knife to slice the breast into thin, 1/8-inch slices. Try to make them as uniform as possible.
  • 2 Combine turkey slices in a medium-sized bowl with all other ingredients. Stir together and let sit for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • 3 Scoop turkey into a colander in the sink and let extra marinade drain off.
  • 4 Preheat oven to 175º F. Place 2 wire racks over baking sheets and lightly oil them with a neutral oil.
  • 5 Carefully place turkey slices on wire racks. Make sure no slices are overlapping.
  • 6 Bake turkey for 2 hours, then flip pieces and bake for 2 more hours. You could go longer if you want the jerky even chewier.
  • 7 Cool jerky and store in an airtight container in the fridge for freeze for longer storage.
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Here’s how to make homemade turkey jerky in your oven!

As prepared by Macheesmo,

If you’ve ever bought jerky, you might have had a shock at the cash register. It can be expensive for not very much jerky at all.

Luckily, making jerky at home is very easy—and you don’t need a dehydrator like many people think. You can make it in your oven! For this version I made a slightly spicy homemade turkey jerky that’s addictive and delicious.

 

how to make turkey jerky

To slice the turkey, start with a boneless, skinless breast that’s about two pounds. Freeze it for 30 minutes to firm it up a bit and then use a very sharp knife to slice it into thin strips. Try to make them as uniform as possible.

 

how to make turkey jerky

Combine these slices in a bowl with all the other ingredients. Lots of flavor there!

 

how to make turkey jerky

Stir this all together and let it chill in the fridge for at least four hours, but overnight is best.

 

how to make turkey jerky

When you’re ready to make jerky, strain the turkey slices in a colander to drain off any extra marinade.

 

how to make turkey jerky

Then lay out two wire racks on a few baking sheets and lightly oil the racks. Lay out the turkey strips carefully on the rack so there’s no overlap.

Bake these strips at 175ºF for FOUR hours at a minimum. The very low temp will basically slowly cook the turkey, but mostly just dry it out—which is exactly what you want.

 

how to make turkey jerky

After two hours in the oven, flip your turkey strips so they cook evenly.

 

how to make turkey jerky

It’s a waiting game, but luckily not hard. It’s pretty much impossible to overcook them.

After four hours the jerky strips will be dark brown and really chewy. If you want your jerky chewier, you can bake it for another hour or so. You can also pull off pieces that are done and cook any thicker pieces longer.

 

how to make turkey jerky

Theoretically, this jerky would be fine in an airtight container at room temperature since it’s cured and dried, but I recommend storing it in the fridge just to make sure it’s safe to eat.

 

how to make turkey jerky

It won’t last long either. It’s so delicious, I find myself grabbing a piece or two every time I open the fridge!

Nick thinks store-bought jerky is a ripoff! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon profile.

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