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Sweet Cherry Beef Jerky

This beef jerky recipe has a fantastic sweet cherry flavor with every bite! Use either fresh cherries or cherry pie filling, both ways turn out great.

Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword cherry beef jerky
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 5
Calories 204 kcal
Author Will


Lean Meat

  • 1 lb Beef Top Round or Venison


  • 1 cup sweet cherries seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1/4 cup cold water



  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 cherries, sugar, lemon juice, almond extract, and cold water in a blender and blend well.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips with the grain. Cut against the grain for an easier chew. If sliced with the grain, tenderize with a meat mallet if you want a softer 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.
  6. Pat dry the strips with paper towels
  7. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my dehydrator and dried for 5 hours at 160 degrees.
  8. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Cherry Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving (70 g)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 33mg1%
Potassium 262mg7%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.