How to Make Your Own Lunch Meat

Making your own lunch meat is not only a healthier alternative to store-bought varieties, but it also gives you full control over the flavors and ingredients. Homemade lunch meat is free from preservatives and can be customized to suit your dietary needs and preferences.

In this post, we’ll walk you through the process of making your own delicious and nutritious lunch meat.

Benefits of Homemade Lunch Meat

  • Control Over Ingredients: Avoid preservatives and additives found in commercial products.
  • Customizable Flavors: Adjust seasonings and spices to your liking.
  • Healthier Options: Choose lean cuts of meat to reduce fat intake.

Equipment You’ll Need

  • A good quality oven or smoker.
  • Meat thermometer.
  • Aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Sharp knife for slicing.

Choosing Your Meat

  • Turkey Breast: Lean and high in protein.
  • Chicken Breast: Another lean option, versatile for various flavors.
  • Beef Eye Round Roast: Lean cut of beef, ideal for roast beef slices.
  • Pork Tenderloin: A leaner cut of pork for a different flavor profile.

Homemade Lunch Meat Recipe


  • 2 lbs of your chosen meat (turkey, chicken, beef, or pork).
  • Olive oil or a marinade of your choice.
  • Herbs and spices (such as garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper).


  1. Marinate the Meat (optional): Combine olive oil with your chosen herbs and spices. Coat the meat evenly with the marinade. Let it sit for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator for more flavor.
  2. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).
  3. Roast the Meat: Place the meat on a rack in a roasting pan. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat.
  4. Cooking Time: Cook until the meat reaches the recommended internal temperature (165°F for poultry, 145°F for pork, and 135°F to 145°F for beef).
  5. Rest the Meat: Once cooked, let the meat rest for 15-20 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, making the meat moist.
  6. Slice Thinly: For a true deli-style experience, slice the meat as thinly as possible.

Storing Homemade Lunch Meat

  • Refrigerator: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer: Wrap tightly and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before using.


Making your own lunch meat is a rewarding process that results in a healthier, tastier product. It’s an excellent way to enjoy your favorite sandwiches, knowing exactly what’s in your meat.

Experiment with different meats and seasonings to find your perfect combination!