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Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky

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.

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


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

3.88 from 8 votes

Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky

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!
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword beef jerky, Jerky
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 5
Calories 210 kcal
Author Will



  • 1 can of Dr. Pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Prague Powder #1 curing 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 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. Or skip the freezing phase and use a Jerky Slicer for evenly sliced strips.
  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.
Nutrition Facts
Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving (70 g)
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 500mg 21%
Potassium 216mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 24g 48%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 12.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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.

  3. ronald zaiontz says:

    Marinating meat right now, gonna make one mild but another with Chile pequin powder for a nice punch of flavor!

  4. Chris Brulet says:

    If you’re having problems with liquid flavor being faint, add some brown sugar. The brown sugar will absorb the liquid better and than sticks to the jerky. I do this with my maple bacon recipe and it works wonders.

  5. Chris Gagne says:

    Will def be trying this one in the near future as well as a Dr pepper Jalapeno recipe that was sent to me on facebook. Later this week i will be trying a mix of the two above using a pre made jalapeno spice kit i got from a local store. The part that i am not fully understanding is how to make the liquid marinade itself though?

  6. ray says:

    I tried the Doctor Pepper. and taste was faint. Chris says add brown suger. How much did you add to your mix? I am also thinking of adding some freshly made ground cayenne.

    • Will says:

      I am going to add brown sugar to this recipe as it does need a little something else. A 1/4 cup of brown sugar should do it. Let me know how the cayenne flavor works out!

  7. GraceGirl says:

    I use three cans of Dr Pepper, 1/2 c brown sugar, 2 tea garlic powder, 2 tea onion powder, 4T kosher salt, 2 tea or so of cracked black pepper, 2T worsteshire & 4 sliced jalapeños. Heat to simmer and reduce marinade by half. The reduction really makes a difference as well as the extra brown sugar. I’ve marinaded overnight and also 24 hours. The 24 hour batch has way more kick

    Smoked in my Coockshack pellet grill at 180 for 2-3 hours until it reaches my level of doneness.

    New to making jerky but this is awesome . I’ve had no desire to try anything new yet but I’m sure I will later

    I’m new to jerky but I’ve been cooking for years…so I just wanted to encourage people to make sure you reduce the marinade for the most flavor from your Dr Pepper

    • GraceGirl says:

      Oh..I forgot. I got the recipe from heygrillhey.com
      Don’t want to not give credit where it’s due, it’s a wonderful recipe!

      And that batch is a double recipe for about 4-5 lbs of meat.

      • Rachel says:

        Hi Shane

        Just mix all ingredients in a med-large saucepan (Dr Pepper foams up when you add the salt). Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until it cooks down by half the original volume. Cool completely before adding to sliced jerky meat.

        The added sugar and longer marinade will make it sweet with a bite of heat.

    • Will says:

      Hey Brittany, I just checked the links and both of them sent me to #1. Not sure what is happening on your end. #1 is the one used when making beef jerky. #2 is more for making sausage.

      • Brittany says:

        Thanks, Will! Not sure what happened on my end! Tried the recipe after getting some Prague #1- does it sound like I’ve over dried my jerky? I marinated for 24 hours then put it in the oven to get to 160 (I think this is where I may have went wrong, my oven cooks hot) and dried for 4 hours. The pieces are breaking in half and when I try to peel it in half it just cracks into smaller pieces.

        • Will says:

          It should only take about 10 minutes at 300F to get it to 160. If it is cracking, it sounds like it is definitely over dried. Always start checking the jerky early and make sure you take a piece out and let it cool for 5 minutes before checking if it’s done.

          • Blaine says:

            I’m a jerky making newbie. I was wondering though, since Brittney is using Prague powder #1, does she even need to put it in the oven? Aren’t the use of curing salt & heating the jerky to 160 both just different ways to kill any bacteria that may be in the meat?

          • Will says:

            They are both used to kill bacteria, yes. More than likely if you use Prague Powder your jerky will be safe without heating it. I just like to be on the safe side and heat my jerky as well.

  8. Ron says:

    My neighbor just gave me some Venison and I really want to try this recipe. I have a Green Mountain Grill that I would like to use. Can you recommend temperature and time? I also have a dehydrator that I could use, but I really want to use the smoker. Thanks in advance

  9. Ron says:

    Made a batch today on the smoker. Really like the taste. 165 degrees for 4 hours. Even my wife likes even know it is Elk. Thanks for the recipe!!

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