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Bayou Cajun Beef Jerky

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This Bayou Cajun Beef Jerky has a little spice and the zest of New Orleans. If you’re looking for a great flavor that will please all, this is your jerky! I lived in New Orleans for a while several years back and loved all the flavors found in the cooking.

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This recipe is inspired by the people and cooking found in the Bayou of Louisiana.

Bayou Cajun Pouring

This jerky recipe has some great base flavors of salt, onion, garlic, and red pepper. I spiced it up with a little Zatarain’s hot sauce (My Favorite) and this recipe turned out perfect! I used Beef Top Round which was thinly sliced at my grocery store when making this jerky. If your butcher or meat department doesn’t have thinly sliced meat, you can ask them and most of the time they will help you out.

Vacuum Marinator

I decided to use my new Chef’s Elite Vacuum Marinator to speed up the marinating process. Normally my jerky marinates in the fridge for 8-24 hours, but a quick 30 minutes with this machine turned out a great flavor. It recommends to marinate for 15 minutes, but I doubled the time to make sure the jerky had a good flavor. Easy cleanup and little hassle makes using this nice too. If you are short for time and don’t want to marinate your jerky over night, I would recommend this marinator to speed things up!

Bayou Cajun Dehydrator

After marinating, I dried in my Nesco Dehydrator for 3 1/2 hrs at 160F. Since the meat was sliced very thin, it dried very quickly to a perfect finish.

Bayou Cajun Jerky Finished

This recipe first has the Flavor of an original jerky but then finishes with a kick from the hot sauce. If you are looking for a really spicy jerky, I would recommend adding another TBSP of hot sauce and a little more ground red pepper. Enjoy!

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

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Bayou Cajun Beef Jerky

This Bayou Cajun Beef Jerky has a little spice and the zest of New Orleans. If you're looking for a great flavor that will please all, this is your jerky! I lived in New Orleans for a while several years back and loved all the flavors found in the cooking.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Beef Jerky
Keyword: cajun beef jerky
Type: Beef Jerky
Servings: 5
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Will



  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground red pepper
  • 3 tbsp Zatarain's hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup cold water



  • Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag and mix well.
  • Slice ¼" strips of beef against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky. (I bought already sliced jerky for this recipe, so this step can be skipped)
  • Add sliced beef to the mixture in a ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator. (If using a vacuum marinator, marinate for 30 minutes)
  • After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Nesco Dehydrator and dried for 3.5 hours at 160F.
  • The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.


Calories: 172kcal | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 219mg | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 2.3mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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    • Will says:

      Yep. The Prague Powder #1 (nitrites) is an instant cure. Meaning that it does NOT need to marinate and when the meat heats up it starts working. Prague Powder #2 (nitrates) is what is used when making sausage and requires more time to work (the nitrates take time to break down into nitrites curing the meat).

  1. Dan Lumadue says:

    My blood pressure was through the roof two weeks ago so now I’m on a strict diet – I’m not giving up meet. Have you done any thing with low salt?

    • Will says:

      Sure. You can keep out the salt on any recipe. If you don’t use any curing salt, just make small batches and eat within a few days. I have found that spicy recipes are good with minimal salt.

  2. Dave Jones says:

    5 stars
    Hi Will.

    First I want to thank you for your site dedicated to Jerky. My wife and I were in Cabalas yesterday and they had a dyer on sale for $70 off ( That’s Cdn which is about $52.50 US but hey still a pretty good deal).
    Then we were in Walmart and they had 2 x 2lb AAA beef sirloin tip roasts on sale for 50% because they expired today so we bought them and I made some jerky.

    I used this recipe because we like things a little hot and my son is a jerky freak. I substituted Franks for the hot sauce you used and added a little extra ground red pepper, just because that’s what I had at home.

    It turned out awesome. I left it in a bit longer because I didn’t have any curing salt but went and got some for next time. Some of the smaller pieces were a but over done but the bigger strips were awesome.

    I am doing the Sirracha recipe with the other roast and I used minced ginger root, again because that’s what I had. I’ll let you know how that turned out. I do a hiking, canoeing and camping and like to take jerky with us. It cost us about $30 for jerky last year for about 1/2 of what I got out of one of these roasts for one of my 3 day canoe trips. It won’t be that much next year and it will be all jerky I like by then too.

    That’s again for all your insights and recipes. I will definitely recommend your site to other jerkyholics 🙂 Merry Christmas from the Great White North.

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