Mojo Beef Jerky Recipe

Mojo sauce is a traditional cuban sauce often used for marinating pork but we use it here in our Mojo Beef Jerky recipe to make a unique jerky. Mojo often uses sour orange juice but we substitute 1/2 normal orange juice and 1/2 lime juice since they can be much easier to find.

If you like some heat with your beef jerky you can add some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce or hot sauce to the mojo beef jerky.

Mojo Beef Jerky Recipe

Mojo Beef Jerky Ingredients


For the Mojo Marinade

8 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper

For the Beef Jerky

3 lbs. of meat (about 1360 gm)
1/2 to 1 cup mojo marinade

Mojo Beef Jerky Instructions


For the Mojo Marinade

Put all of the mojo ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until pureed well. This can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks.

For the Mojo Beef Jerky

Trim all the fat, gristle, and silver skin from the beef. Slice the beef into thin strips 1/8" to 3/8" thick, against the grain. Set the strips down in a large container like a bowl, flat tray, or sealable plastic bag.

Pour the mojo marinade over the meat and mix well. Store the meat in the fridge for at least 4 to 8 hours, or overnight.

Making Mojo Beef Jerky in the Oven

Preheat the oven to 160°F / 71°C, or the lowest setting it will go.

Remove the beef slices from the container and layer the strips in a single layer on a baking tray, or drying rack on top of a cookie sheet. Make sure the beef strips don't overlap and have a little space between them to enable good air circulation.

Arrange the oven shelves leaving at least 4 inches of space from the top and bottom sources of heat to achieve even heating. Place the strips in the oven to start dehydrating them.

Making Mojo Beef Jerky in a Dehydrator

Preheat your dehydrator to at least 141°F / 60.5°C and up to 165°F / 74°C.

Place the strips in a single layer on the dehydrator trays. Be sure to leave some space between the jerky strips for sufficient air flow. If you are not using wire or mesh trays you may need to turn the beef jerky over once in the middle of the drying process.

Dry the beef jerky for 6 to 10 hours. If thicker strips of meat are used it may take longer.

Finishing the Mojo Beef Jerky

To test the beef jerky remove a strip or two from the oven racks or dehydrator trays with clean kitchen tongs. Dried beef jerky strips should be chewy but still tender. When bent, it should be flexible enough not to break but it should crack instead.

Once the mojo beef jerky is sufficiently dry, remove it from the dehydrator and let it cool for 30 to 60 minutes. If there is any oil or moisture on the beef jerky use paper towels to blot it dry.

Put the jerky in tightly sealed containers then refrigerate or freeze. The mojo beef jerky will last in the refrigerator for a month or two and in the freezer for several months.