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Cajun Beef Jerky

This Cajun Beef Jerky recipe will excite your taste buds! With flavors that come straight from New Orleans, you can't go wrong with this tasty recipe!
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword cajun beef jerky
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 177 kcal
Author Will



  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes



  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 white vinegar, cold water, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, seasoning salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, black pepper, horseradish, and red pepper flakes 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. Cut with the grain for more chew. Or skip the freezing phase and use a Jerky Slicer for even sliced strips.
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture in a 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 and pat dry the beef strips with paper towels
  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.

Recipe Notes

Old Pro Tips:

  • Use a sharp knife or partially freeze the meat before slicing. Here is my Slicing Meat Page for more information.
  • Using a ziplock bag allows you to use less ingredients, saving money on marinades. Put meat in the ziplock bag and roll it up expelling all of the air inside. This allows all the meat to be covered by a relatively small amount of marinade.
  • The longer you marinate, the more flavor the jerky will have. If I have time, 18 hours in the minimum I marinate my meat.
  • Take jerky strips out of dehydrator and allow to cool for 5 minutes before checking to see if it's finished. It should bend and crack but not break when finished. You should also see white fibers in the meat when bent.
Nutrition Facts
Cajun Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 507mg22%
Potassium 226mg6%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 585IU12%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.