Although definitely cheaper than store bought, making your own homemade beef jerky can still be costly. It all depends on the type and cut of meat used. London broil is one of my favorite meats to make jerky with, but it costs roughly $10-12 a pound (here in Alaska, anyways), so using it on a normal basis isn’t financially feasible. What is financially feasible, however, is lean ground beef. I pay about $10 for 3 pounds of ground beef, and if you factor in another $2-3 for the beef broth, sea salt, and seasonings, I can fill a gallon-size bag about 3/4 of the way full with jerky using this recipe for about $13. That’s a lot of jerky for cheap, cheap, cheap!!
When I set out to create these Cheap & Easy Beef Jerky Strips Using Ground Beef, I didn’t want to use gluten free soy sauce (otherwise known as gluten free tamari) to flavor the meat, nor did I want to use coconut aminos as an alternative (I don’t care for them and they can be expensive). So I decided to try a liquid mixture of beef broth, molasses, and liquid smoke. I couldn’t believe how perfect it all worked out; these jerky strips are bursting with flavor!
We use this jerky gun to form our ground beef into jerky strips. These are the wider strips pictured below, but after we made a few batches of jerky, we found we prefer the thinner strips (the thinner strips of jerky are in all of the other pictures shown in this post). One tip we’ve found helpful while working with our jerky gun: Keep your meat cold! Cold meat will pass through the jerky gun much easier than meat at room temperature.
And just in case you were wondering, I did throw away the cure and flavor packets that came with my jerky gun. They contain preservatives, MSG, and lots of unhealthy ingredients!
All my love, and Happy New Year!
Megan (with a long E)
This recipe is linked to Make Your Own Monday, Teach Me Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Frugal Day Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Full Plate Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday and Pennywise Platter, and Gluten Free Fridays.
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