Lemon Worcestershire Beef Jerky

How to make zesty spicy beef jerky

The base of this jerky recipe is a homemade Worcestershire sauce I had made from our own plums several years ago and since we currently have a ton of lemons growing I decided to add a good hit of lemon juice to the mix for extra zing.

Lemon Worcestershire Beef Jerky

How to make zesty spicy beef jerky
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 hours
Course Appetizer, Snack
Calories 487 kcal


  • bowl
  • dehydrator
  • container


  • 1.3 kilograms beef topside heart smart- fat trimmed off
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup worcestershire sauce I used a thick homemade type
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce If you used a thin based Worcestershire sauce you might want to up the BBQ quantity to 1 full cup to create a thicker marinade
  • 2 tbsp chipotle tabasco sauce You can use regular Tabasco if you don't have Chipotle
  • 2 tsp cracked pepper


  • Cut the topside meat into thin strips about 1/4 inch (4 millimetres) thick and approximately an inch wide. *Tip: It's easier to cut the meat if it is partially frozen.
  • Mix the marinade ingredients together in a bowl or container and then add the meat.
  • Massage the meat with the marinade and ensure it's mixed well. Then, leave in the fridge overnight and let the marinade do its work.
  • Place the meat strips (covered with a little marinade) on dehydrator trays and into the dehydrator. Use the jerky setting (about 68C or 155F) on the dehydrator unit for around 12-15 hours or until the jerky is dry to touch and all the way through but still bendy and not over crisp.
  • Let jerky cool and store in an airtight container in the pantry. I like to layer the jerky with kitchen paper towel to help prevent it from sticking or attracting moisture – similarily commercial anti-moisture food bags can be used. You can also store jerky in the fridge if your climate is hot and humid.
  • The left over marinade can be used for cooking, for example, a stir-fry or cooked sauce for various meats


This lemon Worcestershire beef jerky turned out to be a very tasty snack! One of the most common mistakes people make when making jerky is to under-flavour the meat by not adding enough “hero” ingredients such as a chilli sauce or good BBQ sauce and also not marinating the meat long enough to ensure the flavour gets through.
Under-seasoning and failing to balance sour with sweet can also leave the jerky with a bland finish so it is important to understand the mix of flavours and spices.
This particular combination of ingredients makes for a top and tasty jerky – enjoy!


Calories: 487kcalCarbohydrates: 120gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4165mgPotassium: 2657mgFiber: 2gSugar: 78gVitamin A: 545IUVitamin C: 84mgCalcium: 349mgIron: 16mg
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