- 1 lb. extra lean ground beef
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. ginger
- cayenne pepper to taste if you like it spicy
- raisins to taste if you like it sweet
Thoroughly combine the spice mixture. Place the ground beef in a bowl and combine it well with the spices.
Use a food processor and pulse the beef with the spices (and raisins if you choose) in batches. This not only gives the beef an extra grind but also incorporates the spices of your ground beef jerky recipe even further.
Divide the beef mixture into two or three equal portions. Lay one portion on a sheet of plastic wrap and cover with another sheet. Roll the mixture into as much of a rectangle as you can to about 1/8 of an inch thickness.
Repeat with the other portions.
Remove the top layer of wrap and invert onto a cookie cooling rack. Remove the second sheet of plastic wrap. Place the cooling rack in a sheet pan.
Place the sheet pan on the middle shelf of your oven set at 150 degrees. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours with the door ajar. At the end of that time rotate the pan.
Another 3 hours should complete the ground beef jerky recipe. You now have jerky. Remove from the oven and cut into strips with scissors while it’s still warm.
Of course if you have a dehydrator, you can use this to speed up the process.