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Smokey Joe's Beef Jerky

When ingredients blend together perfectly making a fantastic tasting beef jerky, you know the recipe is just right! Smokey Joe's beef jerky is one of those recipes and NEEDS to be on the top of your 'to make' list.
Course Snack
Cuisine American, Beef Jerky
Type Beef Jerky
Flavor Savory
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 5
Calories 19kcal
Author Will



  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper fresh cracked
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon parsley flakes freshly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon liquid smoke hickory



  • Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  • While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag and mix well. 
  • 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. You can also use a Weston Jerky Slicer when making this recipe.
  • Add sliced beef to the mixture in a ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 6-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade and pat dry the beef strips with paper towels
  • Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Nesco Dehydrator and dried for 5 hours at 165F.
  • The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.


Old Pro Tips:

  • Using fresh garlic and parsley give the recipe more of an intense flavor
  • Use liquid smoke that does not include filler ingredients, such as Wright’s Liquid Smoke is the best.
  • When finished, jerky will bend and crack but not break in half. Test for doneness after a piece has cooled for 5 minutes, not while warm.
  • Store in ziplock bags or vacuum seal for longer storage. Check out my page on Storing Jerky for more information.


Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1091mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg