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Peppered Honey Deer Jerky finished on wood boards with jar of honey

Honey Peppered Deer Jerky

Fantastic tasting jerky that is sweet and spicy and is made with local honey, fresh cracked black pepper, and spicy red pepper flakes. This is a must make jerky recipe!

Course Beef Jerky
Cuisine American
Keyword black pepper, Deer Jerky, honey, Venison Jerky
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 179 kcal
Author Will




  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup beef stock
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper freshly cracked
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp curing salt optional


  1. Trim all visible fat from the venison or 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. Visit my page on slicing jerky for more information. I used my Weston Jerky Slicer when making this recipe.

  4. Add sliced venison or 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 4.5 hours at 165F.
  7. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.

Recipe Notes

Old Pro Tips:

  • Marinate for 24 hours for best flavor.
  • Ziplock bags make the best container for marinating. Release all the air from the bag and roll up so all pieces are totally covered when marinating. Rotate several times throughout the 24 hours for even marinated jerky.
  • Allow jerky to cool for 5 minutes before checking to see if it is finished drying.
  • Double the red pepper flakes for a more spicy jerky.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Peppered Deer Jerky
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 788mg34%
Potassium 398mg11%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.