Hiker Trash Beef Jerky

Beef Jerky.

It’s a staple in our daypacks. We love beef jerky. What’s not to love? It’s delicious.

beef jerky-doneWe’ve been making our own jerky ever since we liberated a food dehydrator from my parent’s garage where it had been collecting dust since 1987. It was the best thing we’ve ever stolen.

It seems like every family has their own top secret jerky recipe. Today we’re sharing ours. It’s not top secret. It’s cheap and super easy to make. We call it hiker trash jerky.


  • 4-5 lbs sliced flank steak (we get ours pre-sliced from our local butcher)
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke

beef jerky marinade


1. Mix all items except the beef together to form a marinade.

2. Combine marinade with beef. You can use a couple of ziploc bags or a plastic bowl with a lid.

3. Refrigerate 12-24 hours. You can probably marinate it longer than this but we don’t have that kind of patience.

4. Place strips of beef onto dehydrator trays and let dehydrate for 6-8 hours. Jerky is done when it feels dry but you can still bend it with your fingers.

5. Store beef jerky in a ziploc bag or plastic container with a tight sealing lid.

There are literally a zillion beef jerky recipes out there. Sometimes we play around with the amount of garlic powder and pepper we use. But, we have found that no matter how much jerky we are making equal parts worcestershire and soy sauce are our favorite combination for ultimate flavor.

Also, we’ve discovered that beef from our local butcher is fresher and pre-sliced for just about the same price we’d pay at a regular grocery store. If you have to slice your own beef we recommend using beef that is partially frozen. You can slice it with or against the grain depending on how chewy you want your jerky.

Do you have a favorite jerky recipe. Go ahead and post it below and if you’re looking for more delicious recipes head over to the Sierra Trading Post Hub and see what other outdoor bloggers are eating on the trails. 

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