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Garlic Black Pepper Beef Jerky

Garlic Black Pepper Beef Jerky

Fire up the smoker and get ready to make a tasty peppery beef jerky. | Jerkyholic.comThis smoked peppery beef jerky really turned out fantastic! Fire up the smoker and get ready to make some really good beef jerky.

The beef eye of round was sliced with the grain for a more chewy bite. The jerky was marinated for 24 hours in a tasty mixture of soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and pepper.

Garlic Black Pepper MarinatingGarlic Black Pepper Beef Jerky Ready to DryI smoked this recipe along with my Teriyaki II Beef Jerky recipe in my Masterbuilt Smoker. The meat was dried for 1.5 hrs at 160°F then turned up to 200°F for 1 hr while hitting it with a handful of hickory wood chips. One handful of wood chips is all you need when smoking jerky. After it gets that tasty smoke from the handful of chips, the temp is lowered back down to 160°F and finished off. Mine took another 8 hours to finish, bringing the total time in the smoker to 10.5 hrs.

Jerky Finished Smoking and Ready to Eat!

In the picture above you can see the Garlic Black Pepper Beef Jerky on the left and the Teriyaki II Beef Jerky on the right. Both recipes turned out amazing!

Garlic Black Pepper Beef Jerky; salty, spicy, and amazingly tasteful! | Jerkyholic.com

I was extremely happy with how this beef jerky turned out. It had a subtle taste at first, but then hits you with a nice spice from the black pepper. The garlic is not over powering and if you really like garlic, you could even add a little more. You will definitely love this recipe!

For more in depth directions on how to Smoke your beef jerky, visit my page: How to Make Beef Jerky in a Smoker

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Garlic Black Pepper Beef Jerky
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Lean Beef
  • 1lb beef eye of round roast
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, ground black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, & onion powder in a bowl or ziplock bag and mix well.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Slice with the grain for a chewier jerky.
  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. Pat dry the strips with paper towels.
  7. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my smoker to make this batch of jerky.
  8. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.

 For more in depth directions on how to Smoke your beef jerky, visit my page: How to Make Beef Jerky in a Smoker


  1. Greg Ballard says:

    Hi. My father used to make beef and venison jerky by hanging the beer from our clothes line for several days during the hottest summer months. Have you heard of that technique? Any thoughts?

    • Will
      Will says:

      Thanks for coming by Greg. I have not heard of that method. I have heard of drying over a fire outside (beginnings of jerky). I have also heard of jerky being made in a box outside during extreme heat (works like an oven), but never on a clothes line for several days. That doesn’t sound very safe when it comes to bacteria growth. I wouldn’t recommend using that method. A dehydrator, smoker, or oven is a way safer route.

  2. Judy says:

    This is absolutely the best jerky recipe I’ve ever made! It’s addictive. I used a ‘london broil’ that inlaws gave us. Can’t wait to make more. Thanks!!

  3. Jennifer says:

    We love this recipe as well as the teriyaki! We have a Masterbuilt as well and wondered how it worked to smoke more than one pound at once. The eye of round roasts we buy here come in a standard 3 lbs so we use it all for jerky and would like to know the smoking temp and time for more than a pound at a time. Love the recipes though!! They’re delicious!

    • Will
      Will says:

      I’m glad you guys are finding some recipes you love! Since the meat is sliced in small strips, the temperature stays the same and the time should be about the same as well. So, make 3lbs just like you would if it was 1lb. Thanks so much for the kind words!

  4. Pete G says:

    Awesome site and awesome recipes!! I’ve made very tasty batches of jerky thanks to your hard work and useful information. First time trying this recipe. Very tasty. Can’t wait to try more.

  5. Al Clark says:

    Hi Will. Since I found your web site, I have been making the best jerky. I bought a Big Chief smoker, and by far Garlic Black Pepper and your drillers recipe are the most popular for me. I also marinate my beef in my Food Saver vacuum unit, which cuts my marinating time from 24 hrs. to 30 mins. I have lots of success with the Sweet Maple marinade also. Bloody good stuff mate. Al

    • Will
      Will says:

      Glad you have been having a lot of success with your jerky. I like the garlic black pepper recipe as well, so tasty! Thanks for coming by Al.

  6. Derek says:

    Used your recipe and it turned out amazing! It had a raving review with friends and fam alike. I had to go out today to restock to make more.

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