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Cooked Meat Jerky
Cooked Meat Jerky
Sates your hunger and provides health while being digested. Lasts longer than cooked meat. Wild carnivores will eat it, but prefer raw meat.
Consumable (values pertain to Humans)
Spoils in
Spoils to
Stack size
50 / 40
Decomposes in
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 293 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_CookedMeat_Jerky.PrimalItemConsumable_CookedMeat_Jerky'" 1 0 0
Variant created with Organic Oil (P+)
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_CookedMeat_Jerky_CustomOil. PrimalItemConsumable_CookedMeat_Jerky_CustomOil'" 1 0 0
Crafting time
Used to craft
Required stations
Resources breakdown [Expand]
1 × Oil Oil
3 × Sparkpowder Sparkpowder
2 × Stone Stone
3 × Flint Flint
Total Base Ingredients
1 × Oil Oil
2 × Stone Stone
1 × Raw Meat Raw Meat
3 × Flint Flint


Cooked Meat Jerky is a food item in ARK: Survival Evolved. It is a very durable and long lasting source of food.

Cooked Meat Jerky can be prepared by putting Cooked Meat Cooked Meat, Oil Oil and Sparkpowder Sparkpowder in the Preserving Bin Preserving Bin. It takes 36 Mins to turn the meat into jerky.

Note that the Preserving Bin requires 1 Sparkpowder to run for 30 minutes and so at least 2 additional Sparkpowder must be available for the 36 minute production time. Factoring this and spoilage timers, the best ratio of materials to make optimum use of the Preserving Bin is one stack of Sparkpowder (100) for every stack of Cooked Meat (30), which will produce jerky at a rate of 24 pieces every 14 hours. As Preserving Bins can produce both Cooked Meat Jerky and Prime Meat Jerky concurrently, two preserving bins both producing half of each would be more time efficient than having dedicated bins.

Note According to the Preserving Bin information the above is not sufficient. "The formula to find how much  Sparkpowder would be needed to produce X jerky, including both the recipe requirement and to keep the appliance powered for the duration, is X × 4.2 for a single type, or ×3.6 for both types concurrently, rounded up. For example, 20 meat would need 84 sparkpowder; while 20 prime and 20 regular would require 144 sparkpowder. This does not take into account spoilage, so the exact yield will be off. Factoring stack and inventory limits, the most convenient ratio is 1:1 for single-type production (stacks of meat to stacks of sparkpowder) or 2:2:3 for multi-type (raw to prime to spark)."


Upon consumption, Cooked Meat Jerky restores 20.0 food points, just like Cooked Meat. However, it is very durable and can be stored for a long time without spoiling. If stored in the Preserving Bin, it lasts 20 days.

It can be used to tame wild Carnivores, but it is not advised to do so because it is expensive to make, and grants no taming benefits over other types of meat.

It is also used as an ingredient for making the following Kibble Kibbles:

Spoil times[]

ContainerSpoiling Time
Human Player Inventory 2d
Triceratops Tamed Dino 8d
Preserving Bin Preserving Bin 20d
Smokehouse (Primitive Plus) Smokehouse (Primitive Plus) 30d
Refrigerator Refrigerator 200d

For more information, see Spoilage.


  • On Primitive Plus you can create jerky with Organic Oil (Primitive Plus) Organic Oil (Primitive Plus) as well as with Crude Oil Crude Oil. Both types will not stack together. For modifying jerky in server settings it is important to know that the jerky created with organic oil has its own ItemClassString: PrimalItemConsumable_CookedMeat_Jerky_CustomOil_C
  • Jerky in real life is made with raw meat, as opposed to cooked meat like in the game. Oil is also not used in making it in real life.
  • May be found in White Beacon

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