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4.72 from 14 votes

Best Baked Homemade Turkey Jerky

Tender, flavorful homemade jerky with better ingredients and a fraction of the cost of store bought!
Prep Time12 hrs
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time15 hrs
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 80kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb turkey breast tenderloin
  • ½ cup reduced sodium soy sauce can sub with coconut or Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes, or more, to taste can sub with sriracha or similar chili sauce

Instructions

  • Place turkey breast in the freezer 1-2 hours prior to slicing. This will help firm it up and make it easier to slice. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together marinade ingredients. Taste and adjust per preference. 
  • Once chilled, remove turkey and slice into ⅛″ strips. Add turkey to marinade and toss well. Place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 12 hours, and mix occassionally to ensure an even coating of marinade. 
  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line two sheet pans with aluminum foil and place an oven-safe cooling rack on top of each pan. 
  • Remove turkey pieces from marinade, allowing excess marinade to drip off, and place pieces onto cooling racks, careful to avoid overlap. 
  • Bake for at least 3 hours (ensuring turkey is cooked through), flipping once, or until turkey has reached desired consistency. For a chewier, more classic jerky texture, you may choose to go closer to 4-4 ½ hours. Store in an airtight container, fridge recommended. 

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal