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Simply Sweet Jerky

This simply sweet jerky recipe will have you munching ALL DAY LONG!

Even though sugar is not healthy and my wife always tells me to not eat it, I can’t stop when it comes to jerky. I love using sugar in beef jerky recipes, it just gives them that savory flavor that I yearn for.

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This simply sweet jerky recipe is tastefully basic when it comes to ingredients. With only 5 ingredients, not counting the beef, you will be surprised by the flavor it puts out.

Simply Sweet Jerky Marinade

A beef eye of round roast was used when making this recipe, as it does most of my recipes. If you have been following, you will notice that I use the eye of round for MOST recipes. Why? Because I think it’s the best!

Simply Sweet Jerky Marinated

After marinating in soy sauce, worcestershire, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, and salt for 20 hours, these delicious looking cuts of beef made their way to my dehydrator. I did pat them dry with a paper towel before placing on the dehydrator trays to quicken the drying process.

Simply Sweet Jerky Dehydrator

Is your mouth watering yet?! It should be…. This recipe turned out pretty damn good. After drying for 5 hours at 160 degrees, the eating commenced and these little bad boys didn’t last too long. So get your jerky making tools and gadgets out and get to work! You won’t regret giving this recipe a go!

Simply Sweet Jerky

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

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Simply Sweet Jerky
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Lean Meat
  • ¼ cup of worcestershire
  • ¼ cup of red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  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 worcestershire, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and salt in a medium size bowl or ziplock bag. Mix well.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain. Slice with the grain if you want a chewier jerky. Or skip the freezing phase and use a Jerky Slicer for evenly sliced strips.
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture and marinate for 6-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. A dehydrator was used with this recipe and dried for 5 hours at 160 degrees.



    • Will
      Will says:

      Thanks for stopping by MD! I think that you have stumbled upon the best sweet and sour recipe I have on the site right here with my Simply Sweet Jerky. The brown sugar gives it that sweet flavor and the red wine vinegar provides the sourness you are craving. Make the marinade and take a taste test with your finger before adding the beef. Add more of each if needed to suit your taste. I hope you enjoy it!

  1. tom brady says:

    Hi Will, this is going to be my first time trying to make jerky and this is the recipe I am going to use. The only question I have is, do you have to precook the beef at all? I read in the pamphlet that came with my dehydrator it says to either boil in the marinade (or if there isn’t enough liquid to add water to cover the meat) for 5 minutes prior to dehydrating or to bake for 10 minutes in oven after, but haven’t seen you mention that. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • Will
      Will says:

      You always want to heat the jerky to an internal temp of 160F towards the beginning of the drying process. The right dehydrators will get the jerky to 160F quite quickly, you can read more about it here. I would check out any of my how to make jerky pages, they will give you more in depth info on heating jerky. Also check out jerky safety tips. Hope that helps.

  2. Dave Vernon says:

    Hi Will, as a newbie to making Jerky after getting a dehydrator for Father’s Day, this was my first recipe. I loved it,Poor me, my friends loved it even more. Pushed it out a couple of more times, same result! Changed it up the 4th time, I swapped 1/2 the Red wine vinegar for Caramelized balsamic vinegar, and added 1*tbs of Kecap Manis (sweet soy sauce). It gave the jerky a v-nice thin film of sweet sticky coating. And since I’m in Australia I used Roo, crosscut, 20-30hrs marinade, pat dry, Awesome result. Poor,Poor Me !!! It was even better/and worse than before, I had to use a stick to keep my friends back enough to get a taste of this awesome piece of meat Keep up the good work, all the recipes are simple and appear ultimately adaptable to change .Dave.

    • Will
      Will says:

      Haha. That tends to happen Dave. You become a very popular guy when you start making jerky, everyone wants some! Glad you are enjoying the site and playing around with the recipes. It’s all about changing and experimenting! Cheers!

  3. Roger says:

    I’m using a 4 tray excalibur dehydrator do you recommend precooking the meat or are they good to go in right away? This will be the first time trying this out.

    • Will
      Will says:

      I have found that with the 9 tray on the highest temperature setting the jerky was heated to 160F in about 2 hours. I do NOT pre-cook with the Excalibur 9-tray. The 4 tray has a different motor and wattage so I would recommend using a thermometer to make sure the 4 tray heats the jerky to 160F.

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