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Easy Beef Jerky

This recipe is an easy recipe to follow and turns out a pretty good tasting jerky. Including sweet BBQ sauce and hot sauce, this should have been a sweet and spicy jerky. I did not taste much of the heat, but really tasted the sweet.
Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky
Type Beef Jerky
Flavor Savory
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 5
Calories 249kcal
Author Will


Lean Beef:


  • cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoon ginger
  • 2 tablespoon bbq sauce sweet tomato based
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 cup mesquite wood chips only if using a smoker



  • Pick a lean cut of beef and trim off all visible fat. After trimming the fat, place the beef in the freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  • Mix soy sauce, molasses, ginger, bbq sauce, salt, and hot sauce in a container with a tight fitting lid.
  • Remove beef from the freezer and slice against the grain between ⅛"-¼" thick.
  • 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.
  • When finished marinating, remove meat from the refrigerator and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Place strips of jerky on metal rack to be placed inside your favorite smoker. Add racks to a smoker that has been heated to 145 degrees F.
  • Add 1 cup of mesquite wood chips to the wood tray. Smoke jerky for a total of 3 hours, then raise heat to 165 degrees for an additional hour. Check jerky and dry longer until jerky is finished.
  • 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.


Serving: 70g | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 2351mg | Potassium: 541mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3.7mg