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Beef jerky is a convenient snack made of strips of beef that have been marinated or smoked and dried. Make your own beef jerky at home to save money and create customized flavors. Beef jerky marinades range from spicy to sweet, so choose the flavor profile that fits your tastes. If you’re short on time, make the beef jerky using your microwave instead of an oven. Treat family and friends to homemade beef jerky as thoughtful holiday gifts. Beef jerky is easy to transport and makes ideal camping and hiking treats.

Place two pounds of raw thin-cut flank steak, chuck roast or brisket on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to trim the excess fat from the beef. Cut the meat into 1/8-inch strips.

Create a marinade. Combine ½ cup each of Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce, 2 tbsp. of liquid smoke and seasoned salt, garlic and onion powder, and black pepper to taste in a mixing bowl. Add sugar to taste to give the jerky a touch of sweetness. Use a pre-made sweet and savory teriyaki marinade for convenience. Stir the marinade with a large spoon.

Set the meat strips in a shallow metal or glass baking pan. Pour the marinade evenly over the meat. Cover the pan with a lid or a piece of plastic wrap. Place the pan in a refrigerator and allow it to marinate overnight.

Place the marinated beef strips on a microwavable bacon rack. Cover the meat with paper towel.

Set the microwave to high power and cook the meat strips for 2 ½ minutes. Turn the strips over using tongs and cook them for another 1 ½ minutes. Turn the strips one more time and cook them for another 1/ ½ minutes or more, depending on the thickness of the meat.

Remove the jerky from the microwave and allow it to cool for at least five minutes prior to eating.

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Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.