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Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky

Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky

The great taste of Dr. Pepper mixed with Beef? What's not to love?! | Jerkyholic.com

The great taste of Dr. Pepper mixed with Beef? What’s not to love?! 

My best friend Kyle and I drank Dr. Pepper like it was water when we were growing up. That was of course before we realized how bad a six pack of Dr. Pepper a day was for our health. I only on a rare occasion drink soft drinks anymore, but this seemed like a great time to pop a top and incorporate this sugary deliciousness into some beef jerky.

Ingredients were kept to a minimum for this recipe. It only has curing salt, sea salt, pepper, & of course Dr. Pepper. That’s it!

Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky Sliced

I dried this jerky with my Excalibur dehydrator for a total of 5 hours at 160° F. Sliced with the grain, a little tenderizing with a meat mallet helped take some of the chew out of it. If my beef jerky is too chewy, my teeth feel like they are going to fall out. Can’t have that…

Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky Dehydrator

I was surprised that this jerky did not have as much of a Dr. Pepper taste that I would have liked. Don’t get me wrong, it was good and I really enjoyed it! I guess I was expecting more of a Dr. Pepper flavor to shine through. Will I make this jerky again? Hell yeah, it’s Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky!

Not a big fan of Dr. Pepper? Just switch this out with your cola of choice… Try making a batch and let me know how you guys like it.

Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky Finished

You better believe I drank that glass as soon as I was done taking this picture. Haha.

For more in depth directions on how to dry your beef jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods

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Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky
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Lean Beef
  • 1lb beef eye of round
  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine the Dr. Pepper, sea salt, pepper, and prague powder #1 in a medium bowl or ziplock bag and mix well.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips with the grain. Cut against the grain for an easier chew.
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade.
  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my dehydrator and dried for 5 hours at 160 degrees.
  7. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.

For more in depth directions on how to dry your beef jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods


  1. Marc says:

    I tried this with eye of round in my nesco but with a can of Mug root beer. It has no flavor at all. Some of the outside has a root beer flavor but none of it penetrated the meat. I’ll have to try a different soda but wanted to note that root beer doesn’t work

  2. Mike M says:

    I use an old Brine/Marinade recipe, of water, salt pepper, dark brown sugar, garlic salt or powder, onion powder Liquid Smoke. I use my oven & hang the jerky on an oven rack with toothpicks from top of oven. On low 150° to 170°… I use London Broil. Brine 12 hrs hang in oven 12 hrs.

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