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If you have a smoker, one of the easiest protein filled snacks you can make is your own Smoked Beef Jerky.

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Within the last year, we got ourselves a pretty awesome smoker grill. I can’t begin to tell you how much we love it. We make everything from damn good roast chicken to our Thanksgiving turkey to the most amazing burgers we’ve ever eaten to… beef jerky. I always thought you had to have a dehydrator to make jerky. So untrue, my friends. Smoked beef jerky is so easy to make and full of flavor.  The process is simple: slice the meat against the grain as thin as you can get it, let it soak in your marinade of choice (I basically threw mine together with what I could find in the refrigerator), smoke, enjoy. We get all sorts of cuts of meat from our quarter cow that we buy each year that I really have no idea how to cook. Eye of round roast is one of them. Its a (cheap) lean cut of meat which works perfectly for jerky. So, if you have a smoker but haven’t yet made your own jerky, what’s stopping you?

marinating beef in plastic bag for beef jerky recipe

Beef Jerky

Prep20 minutes
Cook5 hours
Total5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 20 -30 pieces
If you have a smoker, one of the easiest protein filled snacks you can make is your own Smoked Beef Jerky.



  • Cut the meat as thinly as possible against the grain. Mix remaining ingredients in large plastic freezer bag. Add meat and massage to thoroughly distribute the marinade.
  • Refrigerate meat and marinade and allow to soak a minimum of 6 hours up to overnight.
  • Start your grill on smoke to allow the fire to start. Remove the meat from the marinade. Discard the marinade and dry the meat with paper towels to absorb any excess liquid. Place the meat in a single layer on the grill and add freshly ground pepper. Smoke for 4 to 5 hours until the meat is dry and chewy.


Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 328mg, Potassium: 154mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. I used my Japanese knives to slice the beef. A Deba and yanagiba. Right hand. It only has a bevel on one side so you get a straight cut. Very sharp as well. You don’t have to get a very expensive one to do the cutting. They do have on Amazon

  2. I have actually smoked the jerky for up to 1-1/2 hours to get meat up to the USDA suggestion of 160 degrees and then transfer to the dehydrator for 2-4 hours and it has turned out just fine. My meat thickness is approximately 1/4” thick and as lean as possible. I also use curing salt in my marinade to increase the longevity in vacuum sealed bags for storage.

  3. how much smoke is too much ….how much charcol briquettes are used ….how much hickory or other wood do you add to the hot coals

    1. I used apple cider but a splash of apple cider vinegar would be really good in the marinade and will help tenderize the meat.

    1. Hi Mike, My smoke feature on my traeger is just below the lowest temp of 225. I would keep the temp as low as possible while still maintaining smoke.

    1. Hi Chris, It’s been awhile since I made this and I think you’re right. I’m gonna take it out of the recipe. It was overkill. Thanks! Krissy