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Keto Beef Jerky

Keto Beef Jerky

Published on: April 27, 2019

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Homemade beef jerky is tastier and contains fewer carbs than the store-bought stuff. Make this flavorful low-carb beef jerky using round beef and a handful of flavorings for the perfect low-carb snack. While this beef jerky will take 5 hours to make, the time and effort invested are worth it considering just how tasty this snack is.

Keto Beef Jerky

Preparation time: 10 minutes + inactive time

Cooking time: 5 hours

Serves: 8



  • 1 lb. top round beef, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp chili garlic paste
  • Chili flakes, as desired
  • Salt and pepper, to taste



    • 1Remove any silverskin, fat, or other connective tissue from the beef.
    • 2Cut the beef along the grain into thin slices. For a less chewy and tender jerky, cut the meat across the grain.
    • 3Combine the coconut aminos, and chili garlic paste in a bowl.
    • 4Add in the beef slices and marinate for at least 1 hour.
    • 5Remove the beef from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels.


  • 6Season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes.  Arrange the beef jerky onto a wire rack.
  • 7Prepare your smoker and use desired wood chips.
  • 8Dry the beef for 4-5 hours.
  • 9Cool and store.

NOTE: the jerky can be dried in the oven as well.


Different Preparation Methods

Beef jerky is best made in a smoker grill, but not everyone has those. Luckily, you can also make beef jerky in the oven and a dehydrator. When making jerky in the oven, cover the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil, place the jerky on the metal rack, bake jerky for 3-4 hours at 175 F. If using a dehydrator, dehydrate at 160 F for 3-5 hours or until jerky is dry and rubbery.

Is Beef Jerky Even Healthy?

Beef jerky may have a bad rap as a snack food, but it can actually be quite good for you when eaten in moderation. This beef jerky has only 70 calories per slice along with 1g of fat and 13g of high-quality protein. Beef is an excellent source of zinc and iron – minerals important for the immune system and blood. One serving of this beef jerky also provides 20mg of sodium, which is a good thing on a keto diet.

Keto Beef Jerky