The best beef Jerky in paper bag with habaneros

Best Beef Jerky Recipe

The best beef jerky recipe made with Habanero Peppers is bound for greatness! The spicy kick of the peppers and the saltiness of the Sea Salt really makes this the top jerky recipe ever! This Dragon Fire Beef Jerky recipe quickly jumped to the top of my list of hundreds of jerky recipes I have made over the years. 

Course Beef Jerky, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword beef jerky, best beef jerky, Habaneros, Jerky, jerky recipe
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 5
Calories 184 kcal
Author Will


Lean Meat


  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 whole habaneros 3 if extra hot is wanted
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 tsp curing salt optional


  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 marinade ingredients in a blender and blend until the peppers have been chopped into very small pieces. Place in a bowl or ziplock bag.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ΒΌ" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky. 
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator and dried for 4 hours at 165F.

  7. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Best Beef Jerky Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0.15 lb)
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 683mg30%
Potassium 268mg8%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 6.6mg8%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.