Discover the Delight of Homemade Ground Beef Jerky Sticks

Experience the ultimate burst of flavor with these delectable ground beef jerky sticks that are incredibly simple to make. This recipe is dedicated to the joy of giving the perfect gift, and what could be better than the gift of mouth-watering jerky?

Ground beef jerky sticks in a mason jar.

Tips + Tricks

No. 1 -> Are you searching for a whole muscle beef jerky recipe? Look no further!

No. 2 -> Don’t have a smoker? Not a problem! You can cook this ground beef jerky in the oven or dehydrator.

No. 3 -> To ensure consistent piping, fill the jerky gun in stages, packing it with the plunger as you go.

No. 4 -> Keep the ground meat mixture as cold as possible for smooth and easy gun operation.

Overhead view of ground beef jerky sticks.

Key Ingredients

Ground meat: Our favorite combination for this recipe is a 2:1 ratio of ground beef to ground pork.

Spices: The spices used in this recipe, such as ground pepper, sriracha powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder, create a flavor explosion that will leave you craving more.

Binder: Choose between sriracha or maple syrup to bind the ingredients together.

Ingredients for ground beef jerky sticks.

How To Make Ground Beef Jerky Sticks

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225°F.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the ground beef and ground pork. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
  3. Add the spices while mixing on low speed until fully incorporated. Then, mix in the binder. Alternatively, you can mix everything by hand.
  4. Fill the jerky gun by adding small amounts of the mixture and packing it with the plunger until full.
  5. Pipe the ground beef jerky onto wire mesh cooking racks, keeping the sticks connected for easy trimming later.
  6. Smoke the ground beef jerky at 225°F for 3 hours.
  7. Allow the jerky to cool to room temperature before packaging.
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Ground beef and ground pork in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Adding the spices to the stand mixer
Adding the maple syrup to the stand mixer.
Fully combined ground beef jerky mixture.
Scooping beef mixture into beef jerky gun.
Piping out tubes of ground beef jerky onto a wire mesh rack.

No Smoker? No Problem

If you don’t have a smoker, fear not! You can still enjoy this recipe by using either an oven or dehydrator.

Oven:

  1. Preheat your oven to 170°F (or as low as it will go).
  2. Follow the mixing and piping directions as mentioned in the recipe.
  3. Cook the jerky sticks in the oven at 170°F for 4 hours, or until completely cooked through.

Dehydrator:

  1. Follow the mixing directions as per the recipe.
  2. Pipe the ground beef jerky onto dehydrator racks.
  3. Dehydrate the jerky at 160°F for 5-6 hours, or until completely cooked through.
Beef jerky sticks before cooking.
Beef jerky sticks after cooking.

Batch + Storage Information

Batch:

This recipe yields approximately 48 eight-inch ground beef jerky sticks when piped with a half-inch round piping tip.

Storage:

Since this recipe doesn’t include curing salt, it’s best to keep your beef jerky sticks in the fridge or freezer. Store them in the fridge for up to 5 days or vacuum-seal them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Vacuum-sealed beef jerky sticks.

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Variations + Substitutions

This recipe is delicious as written, but you can always make adjustments to suit your taste or the ingredients you have on hand!

  • Instead of using a combination of ground beef and ground pork, you can use all ground beef.
  • For a unique twist, swap out the beef and pork for wild game, like ground venison or moose meat!
  • If you prefer milder flavors, omit the ground cayenne and sriracha powder.
  • For those who love spice, feel free to add more spice to your liking!
Beef jerky sticks in a tin bucket.

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