Good beef jerky marinades include Biercamp pastrami jerky marinade, Jerk 'N Pickle black pepper jerky marinade, Mongolian marinade and bayou blend home recipe marinade. Another good basic marinade is the Food Network's Worcestershire, soy sauce and honey marinade.
A good basic marinade calls for 2/3 cup of Worcestershire sauce, 2/3 cup of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke. Season with 2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons of onion powder and 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. Combine the ingredients in a resealable plastic bag, add 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of flank steak strips, and marinate for at least three hours before drying into jerky.
Make a Cajun-inspired marinade by mixing together 1 cup of Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 cup of soy sauce, 1/4 cup of teriyaki sauce, 3 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of liquid smoke. Stir in 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of onion powder and 1 tablespoon of powdered crab or shrimp boil to give the marinade a bayou blend. Soak the meat in the marinade for at least one day before drying, although two or more days creates a better flavor. Dry the meat in a dehydrator set at 160 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours.