Instant Pot Beef Jerky

Instant Pot Beef Jerky

Stop paying those high prices at the store and make your own beef jerky instead! This Instant Pot Beef Jerky is so fast and simple! Find out how you can easily make this recipe at home.

The best part? You need just a few simple ingredients and seasonings to have the best homemade jerky recipe to enjoy! It's literally the perfect snack!

Sliced beef jerky on a plate

Jerky is not only a great snack, but it's perfect for anyone who eats low carb as well. You can pack it for a quick snack, a lunch option, or even in the kid's lunch boxes for school!

Speaking of easy lunch box options, be sure to check out my Instant Pot Hamburger Mac and Cheese!

Why This Recipe Works

There really isn't a reason not to make this! It's a fun and easy recipe that costs so much less than buying at the store. Even if you only want to make a small batch, you can.

  • It's a cheap way to make a delicious snack
  • You can pack it without needing to keep it cold
  • It's a great way to add protein to your day!

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Recipe Ingredients

instant pot beef jerky ingredients

Beef Round Steaks -  Remove the fats before cutting them into slices.

Soy Sauce  - You can use low sodium soy sauce.

Worcestershire Sauce - Vinegar and soy sauce can be used as an option.

Liquid Smoke - Adds an extra smoky flavor.

Brown Sugar - Date sugar or coconut sugar are good options, too.

Salt - To taste.

Pepper - To taste.

Meat Tenderizer - Needed to make the meat not as chewy.

Garlic Powder - Don't confuse it with garlic salt.

Onion Powder - Perfect seasoning that stands on its own.

Paprika - Smoked paprika would work well, also.

How to make Instant Pot Beef Jerky

Don't do anything until you have all the ingredients in your hand! You don't want to stop mid-way through the recipe.

Step One: Cut the meat into thin slices.

Step Two: Add the sliced meat to a large mixing bowl.

Step Three: Pour the soy sauce on top of the meat.

Step Four: Add 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce to the bowl.

Step Five: Add 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke.

Step Six: Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.

Step Seven: Add 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.

Step Eight: Add a teaspoon of meat tenderizer and a teaspoon of onion powder.

Step Nine: Add a teaspoon of garlic powder and a teaspoon of paprika.

Step Ten: Put the meat in the fridge to marinate for 7-8 hours.

Step Eleven: Add the air fryer basket into the Instant Pot.

Step Twelve: Remove the marinated slices of beef from the fridge and add them to the air fryer basket.

Step Thirteen: Put on the air fryer lid and dehydrate for 4 hours at 140 degrees.

Variations

Change up the seasonings - Some people love to eat really spicy beef jerky, so you can always add heat to your marinate. Add in chili powder, chili flakes, or hot sauce.

Recipe Notes

  • Don't rush the process to dehydrating. It's important to let it dehydrate for the entire time.
  • Once the beef is dehydrated, you can store it in a bag or tin and leave it at room temperature.

How to Serve

It's literally a grab-and-go snack! If you want to pair it with something, you can try to dip it into hot sauce or pair up with a simple side salad to balance out the flavors.

FAQs

Does beef jerky go bad?

Yes, beef jerky can go bad. Make sure to store it in an airtight container to keep it as fresh as possible for as long as possible. If you notice mold or anything weird on it, don't eat it.

Can you freeze beef jerky?

You can freeze beef jerky! In fact, it's a great idea! If you want to save it for later, just put it into a freezer-safe bag and store it in the freezer.

Is there a way to soften beef jerky?

Once jerky is dehydrated, there isn't really a lot to do to soften it. Tearing it into smaller pieces when you eat it is a great way to help the jerky not seem so tough.

More Instant Pot Beef Recipes

Here are some other delicious beef recipes to try!

Instant Pot Snack Recipes

If you're wanting more simple snacks, you can't go wrong with any of these!

Instant Pot Beef Jerky

Instant Pot Beef Jerky

Instant Pot Beef Jerky is the perfect snack! All you need to do is be patient and grab a few easy ingredients.
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Course: Side Dish, snacks
Cuisine: modern
Keyword: bbq beef, beef, Beef jerky, Easy beef, instant pot, snacks
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 12 hours
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 2 lb beef round steak sliced
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon meat tenderizer
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  • Cut the meat into thin slices. 
  • Add the sliced meat to a large mixing bowl. 
  • Pour the soy sauce on top of the meat. 
  • Add 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce to the bowl. 
  • Add 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.
  • Add a teaspoon of meat tenderizer and a teaspoon of onion powder.
  • Add a teaspoon of garlic powder and a teaspoon of paprika.
  • Put the meat in the fridge to marinate for 7-8 hours.
  • Add the air fryer basket into the Instant Pot. 
  • Remove the marinated slices of beef from the fridge and add them to the air fryer basket. 
  • Put on the air fryer lid and dehydrate for 4 hours at 140 degrees. 

Nutrition

Calories: 44kcal Carbohydrates: 10g Protein: 2g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 2075mg Potassium: 130mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 7g Vitamin A: 48IU Vitamin C: 3mg Calcium: 23mg Iron: 1mg

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Notes

  • Don't rush the process to dehydrating. It's important to let it dehydrate for the entire time. 
  • Once the beef is dehydrated, you can store it in a bag or tin and leave it at room temperature. 
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