how long to dehydrate beef jerky in air fryer

USDA recommends the beef reach an internal temperature of 160° F. Switch air fryer to dehydrate setting for 2 hours. Remove from air fryer and store in resealable plastic bags. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.

Easy Air Fryer Beef Jerky is a homemade recipe that will show you how to make marinated jerky from scratch without having to use a dehydrator. Making your own is healthy and delicious!

Can you dehydrate meat in an air fryer? Yes, you can. What I love most about the air fryer is being able to make healthy meals and appetizers from scratch.

What Beef to use for Jerky

The best beef to make homemade jerky is something lean and flavorful.

Top round and bottom round steaks are ideal and what I normally use.

Because the cook time is very long and at a low temp, you can use a cheaper (tougher) cut of meat than if you wanted to quick roast it (a good quality tender cut is better used for an air fryer roast).

A tougher cut means chewier jerky. A tender beef cut will give softer melt-in-the-mouth jerky. So choose a cut of beef appropriate for the type of jerky you want to make.

The marinade I use combines the rich smoky flavor of Worcestershire sauce, honey for sweetness (you can substitute brown sugar), and soy sauce and onion powder for a flavor punch!

You can substitute any other marinade you like or mix up the ingredients if you like. The basic recipe to air fry the jerky is the same.

Some other seasoning flavors to try are:

  • Teriyaki beef jerky: soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, ground ginger
  • Smoked beef jerky: add some liquid smoke or smoked paprika to the recipe below
  • Spicy beef jerky: add some chili flakes to the recipe below

How Long Does it Take/Cook Time

There are two methods in this recipe. The fastest way to cook the jerky results in 75 minutes of cook time. If you thread the beef using bamboo skewers and hang the skewers in the air fryer, this will increase the venilation and allow the air fryer to circulte air more evenly and thus will cook faster.

how long to dehydrate beef jerky in air fryer

You can also simply place the beef right on the air fryer basket. This required a cook time of 2 hours and 15 minutes to 2 and half hours for me.

The cook time is also highly dependent on how you like your jerky. Do you like it slightly firm but tender? Or do you like it more tough and chewy? If you want really chewy jerky, you will have to use a longer cook time.

My preferred method is to use skewers. This way does not dry out the meat.

how long to dehydrate beef jerky in air fryer

I recommend 180 degrees.

Which Works Better: Air Fryer or Dehydrator

I have a dehydrator. I recommend the Cosori Air Fryer Toaster Oven, it has the dehydrating function. It dehydrates really well, but I have found that it takes a little longer than the air frying method here.

USDA recommends the beef reach an internal temperature of 160° F. Switch air fryer to dehydrate setting for 2 hours. Remove from air fryer and store in resealable plastic bags. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.

FAQ

How long does it take to dehydrate beef jerky in an air fryer?

Preheat the air fryer to 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Place beef slices on the rack, making sure none are overlapping. Air fry for 3 hours. Open the air fryer and let beef sit for 1 hour for final drying and cooling.

How long do you dehydrate beef jerky?

Dehydrating beef jerky in a dehydrator. Dehydrate the meat for anywhere between 3 and 6 hours. The drying time ranges due to several factors: ambient temperature and humidity, thickness of the meat, marbling of the meat, and the cut of meat to name a few.

How long to dehydrate jerky at 170?

Put oven on warm temperature (160-170°F) and stick an oven thermometer in there just to make sure your temperature is right. Crack the oven door open with a towel so moisture can escape, and cook 10-12 hours. When jerky is done it should be dark, dry, and crack apart a bit when you bend a piece.

Can you overcook jerky in a dehydrator?

Old-fashioned ways of drying include using the sun’s heat or air to dehydrate the meat. Today, using dehydrators or ovens are recommended safe drying methods and are ideal to sufficiently heat and dry the meat strips without overcooking them.

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