Jerky Lover's Jerky - Sweet, Hot and Spicy! Recipe -
Jerky Lover's Jerky - Sweet, Hot and Spicy! Recipe
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Jerky Lover's Jerky - Sweet, Hot and Spicy!

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"If you love hot and sweet we're confident this will be your favorite. An ultimate treat for family outings, sporting events, camping or hiking trips. Pineapple juice is the key that ties the flavors together. Go easy on the black and red pepper as the flavor goes a long ways!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 hrs

    5 hrs 10 mins


  1. In a small bowl or cup, mix together the onion powder, garlic powder, and some cracked black pepper. Season the meat lightly, using only part of the mixture. Reserve the remaining spices. Place into an airtight plastic container or bowl, and refrigerate.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together the brown sugar, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, liquid smoke flavoring and pineapple juice. Heat until the brown sugar has completely dissolved. Refrigerate marinade until cool.
  3. Pour cooled marinade over the seasoned meat, and mix by hand to coat. Seal the bowl, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  4. Arrange the beef strips on the rack of a dehydrator, and sprinkle with a little bit more of the spice mixture and red pepper flakes if using. Dry for 5 hours, or to your desired dryness.
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  • Hint
  • Use an electric knife and slice a semi frozen sirloin for the ease of cutting and for thinner uniform slices.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 01, 2009

Followed this recipe to a 'T,' which I believe is necessary to rate it properly. Absolutely perfect 'as is,' no changes to the ingredients. Just a suggestion for prep -- there's no need to marinate in two steps, just combine everything in one glass bowl (plastic absorbs smell) or Ziploc bag overnight. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can use skewers and hang them from one end in the oven at 150F for 4-5 hours. I also boil the leftover marinade for at least 10 min to rid of bacteria or until desired consistency and use it for BBQ sauce on beef, chicken or pork. Why waste it? Everyone loves this jerky, so it's the only one I make. Great recipe! :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 19, 2012

This was not good! I'm not sure how it got such high reviews. I followed the recipe exactly. The end result was slightly sticky jerky with a caramelized coating. It was more of "spicy beef candy" than a traditional jerky. Also, this make a LOT of could use a lot more than the recommended 1lb of meat for the amount of marinade the recipe yielded.

Jun 21, 2006

Excellent stuff! I improvised slightly: first, I got home and realized I had no brown sugar. I did, however, have Sweet & Low Brown (brown sugar substitute). I used the recommended conversion amount for the sweet & low. I also used low sodium soy sauce - but ran a little short on the amount. I use Wright's liquid smoke - and it's really REALLY strong, so I only used about half the amount. I substituted Penzey's Spices Black & Red Spice (black pepper & spicy cayenne blend) for some of the pepper too. Results? Amazing! The fake brown sugar worked really well, the smokey flavor is definitely there, and the Black & Red Spice gives it an added kick. Can't forget the pepper flakes! Definitely will make this again, and can't wait to share this with my friends!

Dec 07, 2005

My husband used venison instead of beef. It turned out great, although I didn't read the instructions thoroughly and mixed together all the ingredients listed. I didn't cook the marinade in a saucepan either. I just put everything in a big ziploc and let the meat soak overnight. My family and his family all thought it's the best jerky recipe we've found.

May 24, 2006

Parents have an organic farm and we got a half a cow for Christmas... there's no way between the two of us we can eat that much meat, so I recently purchased a dehydrator and this is the first recipe I tried. I feel no need to search for additional recipes. This is perfect! Purchased mason jars and will make custom lables filled with this jerky to give as gifts... if there is any left :) Thank you!

Jul 15, 2005

This was so yummy. I've made it twice in the past month. I tried to follow the exact recipe but had a problem with the onion powder in my cupboard. I ended up using minced onion, it was delicious. Oh yeah, only used 4 tbls liquid smoke too. I plan to make it a lot. Thanks Dixychik!

Sep 17, 2010

If you don't have a food dehydrator, this can be made in the oven too. Just lay the meat on cooling racks on top of foil-lined baking sheets and bake on 150 degrees for 5-6 hours. Open the door every now and then to let steam escape. So easy!

Apr 01, 2006

The jerky was perfect! I tried the marinade with turkey legs and chicken thighs and YUM! The meat melts off the bones! I'm making it again today and I'm going to fill my smoker with chicken, turkey, and short ribs. Delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 527 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.4 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 27.5 g
  • 42%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 23.3 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 3319 mg
  • 133%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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