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Teriyaki sauce is one of the most popular flavors when it comes to beef jerky. This recipe knocks the socks off any store bought teriyaki jerky I have ever tried.

Original Post Date: May 4th, 2016  *Recipe updated with more pictures and step by step instructions*

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I used my Masterbuilt smoker when making this recipe, but this can be made in your oven or a dehydrator! Let’s get started!!!

Slicing The Meat

Choose a lean cut of beef, I used beef eye of round when making this jerky. You can find a complete list of the best cuts of meat to make beef jerky with by clicking here!

The first step of slicing meat for jerky is to trim the cut of meat of all visible fat. You can see the white fat in the picture below, just trim that off BEFORE you start slicing the meat. Fat spoils faster than meat, so the more you get off now, the longer your jerky will be shelf stable.

Eye of Round Roast on cutting board

Slice the meat with a very sharp knife either with the grain for a more chewy jerky or against the grain for a more tender jerky. a 1/4″ in thickness is just right. 

Lean Eye of Round Roast Sliced Thin and Ready to Marinate

The beef eye of round was sliced with the grain giving this jerky a little more of a chew. I still don’t have a favorite way of slicing meat. Sometimes I am in the mood for an easy chew and sometimes I like a tougher jerky.

I was just craving some long lasting chew and that’s why I went with the grain on this recipe.

I didn’t use it on this recipe, but a jerky slicer is a FANTASTIC piece of equipment to help get even strips when slicing jerky.

Beef Jerky slicer slicing beef for jerky onto a cutting board with knife

Not sure what way the grain runs? Need more information on slicing meat for jerky? I have put together a page on Slicing Meat for Jerky where you can find EVERYTHING you need to know when slicing meat for jerky.

Making The Marinade

This simple recipe is made great by utilizing local honey and only a touch of sesame oil which brings together all the flavors.

Teriyaki II Ingredients

Since I did not use any whole ingredients that needed to be chopped up into small bits, I did not use a blender and simply added all the ingredients into a ziplock bag and mixed well.

Next, add the beef strips into the ziplock bag and mix well to make sure all of them are evenly coated with the marinade.

Teriyaki beef jerky marinating

Marinate in the refrigerator for 6-24 hours mixing the bag up several times to further make sure the strips are evenly coated. This makes sure the every piece of finished jerky has a consistent flavor.


Drying The Jerky

Once the meat has finished marinating, strain any excess marinade in a colander. I marinated this beef for a total of 23 hours before straining. The longer the marinade process, the more intense flavor the jerky will have! 

Teriyaki beef jerky strained of marinade in colander

Before adding the meat to your smoker, dehydrator, or oven; lay out paper towels placing the meat strips on top. Pat dry the strips to remove even more of the excess marinade. This step will help speed up the drying process and prevent the meat from being ‘sticky’ after it has finished drying.

Teriyaki beef jerky in colander and on paper towels drying

After patting the strips dry, place them on your smoker racks, dehydrator trays, or oven rack.

If using an oven or smoker, you can pierce the strips on one end with toothpicks that way you can hang them from the racks. Make sure to place some aluminum foil underneath the rack to catch any dripping liquid for easy cleanup.

dehydrator with wood chipsThe all trustworthy Masterbuilt Smoker was fired up to give this Teriyaki Jerky some real smoke flavor. I decided against the mesquite in the picture above and went with some hickory chips. It provided a nice mild hickory smoke flavor. I love making jerky in a smoker, you just can’t replicate that real smoke flavor.

If you do make this in a dehydrator or oven, liquid smoke does give the jerky a nice smokey flavor. Definitely add some to your marinade in the previous steps to replicate that amazing smokey flavor!

I dried the strips 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!

You can see the jerky dries nice and even when hung from the smoker racks.


Testing For When The Jerky Is Finished

While drying the jerky, you want to start testing to see if it has finished at about the 3-4 hour mark. Take a piece of jerky out of the dehydrator, oven, or smoker and allow it to cool for 5 minutes to room temperature.

Bend the jerky in half; it should bend and crack but not break in half. You will also see white fibers in the meat. The fibers are really visible when a piece is ripped in half.

Teriyaki II Beef Jerky Finished

When making jerky in a dehydrator or oven I find my jerky is normally finished around the 4-5 hour mark. When using a smoker it is closer to 6-8 hours.

Storing Jerky

To make the jerky last as long as possible, curing salt will really help along with keeping in air tight containers. I have put together a page on storing jerky and steps you can take to make your jerky have an extended shelf life. Check it out!

So, how was it? They turned out great! It had the perfect amount of spice for my liking and a great chew. So get some beef and give this Mexican heat beef jerky a try!

Old Pro Tips:

  • Make sure the smoker is hot when adding the wood chips. If they burn at too low of a temperature it will give the jerky a sour flavor
  • Use liquid smoke if using a dehydrator or oven
  • Use Prague Powder #1 to increase the shelf life of the jerky and help kill any bacteria
  • Slice strips at 1/4″ thickness for a good jerky feel

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Teriyaki II Beef Jerky

Teriyaki sauce is one of the most popular flavors when it comes to beef jerky. This recipe knocks the socks off any store bought teriyaki jerky I have ever tried.
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword teriyaki beef jerky
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 11 hours
Servings 5
Calories 237 kcal
Author Will



  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried ginger



  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, rice vinegar, honey, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic powder, & dried ginger 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. Or skip the freezing phase and use a Jerky Slicer for even 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. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Teriyaki II Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving (70 g)
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 1330mg58%
Potassium 257mg7%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 27g54%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Judy Wilson says:

    My husband loves eating beef jerky, so it would be great for him to try this teriyaki jerky sometime. It’s interesting that you cut this piece of beef with the brain to make it more chewy. I should think to do that since my husband also likes to chew on his jerky for a long time.

  2. Kat says:

    I’m getting my dehydrator today from Amazon and can hardly wait to make my own turkey and beef jerky. Thanks for the recipes. Heading to the store to get my meat marinating!

  3. Tess says:

    5 stars
    We used this recipe for our first ever attempt at making jerky, and it turned out perfect. Thanks for a great marinade recipe, and the clear instructions and helpful hints.

    We’ve got a sous vide setup, so I was able to pasteurize it at 65C (150F) for an hour after marinating but before drying (the ziplock bag went straight from the fridge to the water bath). At that temperature muscle fibres contract and squeeze out moisture, which probably helped kick-start the drying. Used the oven method and it took about 4 hours.

  4. daniel turner says:

    5 stars
    Have a boneless brisket to use up before the next beef comes from the butcher shop.
    Sure glad i found your website and will visit often. Now to work on some teriyaki jerky.

  5. Judy says:

    5 stars
    Another fantastic recipe! I’ve made both the garlic/pepper one and this teriyaki one twice, side by side .. they are both so good! Now my problem is I’d like to try another one of your recipes but getting past these two is tough hahaha! Which one would you recommend I try next with beef top round? We tend to lean toward spicier, not sweet food. Thanks again for a great resource.

  6. Val says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic! I’ve tried it on pork and beef, and it has been my #1 recipe so far. I accidentally prepped some beef the other day, and had it sitting in my fridge for 2 days. The jerky came out so delicious. My fiance won’t let me make anything else. Thank you!!
    In my dehydrator, the beef takes about 5-6 hours and the pork takes about 7 at 160. I used pork tenderloin, as it was the most lean cut and happened to have it on hand. This recipe was perfect for it!

  7. Fred Halliday says:

    5 stars
    Hi We have been buying store commercial Jerky for years and just found your site 3 weeks ago. Tried some basic Teriyaki, Worcestershire, Honey etc with some outside round that was on sale in a convection oven as we don’t have a dryer. It was great have made 2 more batches since, just following your recipe book.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Nat says:

    5 stars
    I made a 2 pound batch of this. I upped the pepper ( a tablespoon each of grond black pepper and red pepper glakes) with 2 tablespoons of Sriracha. Quite good!

  9. Lance Hischer says:

    I just finished making the teriyaki II venison jerky and it turned out great! The flavor the texture and the taste were all better than I expected and the guys at work even asked if there were was more that they could have so everyone liked it as much as I liked making it. I also made the Rig Hand Jerky, that also turned out great. Thank you so much for the great recipes.

  10. Mark Lakin says:

    5 stars
    Did half in my dehydrator, half in my smoker. They were both great. Plus the method of hanging from tooth picks was a great idea. I’m going to make it again soon.

  11. David Dragich says:

    did you actually use any teriyaki seasoning in this in addition to listed ingredients, cause i made it to the nut and sucks straight out.

  12. Dave says:

    5 stars
    Hi Will. Just want to thank you for the fantastic resource you have created with this site. It seems to really speak to me in ways that I can understand being a novice at the jerkey game. I am currently in the first 1.5 hours in my smoker, I do have a question for you though. I use a stand up rug similar to yours but it is gas operated. I am having a heck of a time keeping the temp at 170. Being that you use an electric smoker, do you just set the temp to 170 and forget it much like using your oven, knowing the temp is going to fluctuate between 160 and 180? My smoke kind of does that with me monitoring it with a temp probe. Is it a huge issue if it does fluctuate plus or minus 10 degrees? Thanks again, you da man!

    • Will says:

      Welcome to the jerky game! It’s not a big deal if it fluctuates 10 or 20 degrees. You just font want it getting up to 250 degrees for a while. The electric smokers are just like an oven, set and forget. Just try to keep the temp somewhere under 200 and it will be good. Make sure when you are testing it to see if it’s finished, pull a piece out and let it cool for 5 minutes before testing. It will firm up when it cools. Let me know how it turns out!

      • Dave says:

        Turned out perfectly! Great taste, perfect jerky texture. Had to really keep a close eye over that last hour and had to sacrifice 3 pieces to taste testing after they cooled down, it was torture. Lol Thanks again for the advice Will. I will force myself in the future to try not to be so exact. I will be honest, I did add a little heat with sriracha sauce, about 1/4cup. But that was just for heat, the taste of the teriyaki shines through! Can hardly wait for this coming weekend to try another recipe.

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