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Spicy Sweet beef jerky finished on a towel with lemons and brown sugar

Spicy Sweet Beef Jerky

This jerky recipe is a great one that has an amazing sweet flavor followed by a spicy zing at the end. Rave reviews were received when I passed this jerky around at home and work. Everyone loved it!
Course Beef Jerky
Cuisine American
Keyword beef jerky, Spicy Sweet Beef Jerky
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 267 kcal
Author Will


  • 1 lb Beef Top Round
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp ginger ground
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water cold


  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 bowl or ziplock bag. 
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky. (I did not freeze the jerky since I bought already thinly sliced meat. I sliced the thin meat into 1" wide strips)
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 6-24 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

Cooks Tips:

  • Marinate for 24 hours for full flavor.
  • Sprinkle on extra red pepper for more spice!
  • Don't leave out the sesame oil, it really adds a great flavor to this recipe.
  • Allow jerky to cool for 5 minutes before checking to see if it is finished drying.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Sweet Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 884mg38%
Potassium 301mg9%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.