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Alton Brown Jerky

I decided to smoke this jerky since I was not about to use air filters and a fan. I had a weekend trip planned to visit my parents in Corpus Christi, TX and thought I would bring my Masterbuilt Smoker along to make some jerky. I packed the truck with my smoker and Fiance and enjoyed the 4 hour drive south to visit the folks.
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Keyword beef jerky
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 5
Calories 234 kcal
Author Alton Brown


Lean Beef


  • 2/3 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup mesquite wood chips If using a smoker


  1. Pick you favorite type of beef and trim all visible fat. Place the meat in the freezer for 1-2 hours to partially freeze. This makes it easier to slice equal width pieces.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, add the worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and honey in a container. Stir the ingredients well to allow the honey to evenly disperse. Add the remaining ingredients, stir, and set aside.
  3. Remove beef from the freezer and slice against the grain between 1/8"-1/4" thick.
  4. Add the sliced beef to the marinade and stir well to evenly coat. Set in the refrigerator and allow to marinade for 6-24 hours.
  5. When finished marinating, remove meat from the refrigerator and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Add additional red pepper flakes before drying. Dry the jerky using your favorite method.
  7. Jerky will be finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half. Allow to cool for several hours before storing in an air tight container.
Nutrition Facts
Alton Brown Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 2127mg92%
Potassium 588mg17%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.