Sweet & Spicy Beef Jerky Recipe

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Making your own jerky is easier than you ever imagined! And tastes much better than anything you will buy retail!

I use the Ninja Foodie because it does everything! But there are many options (dehydrator only).

Whether making jerky from your own recipe (below is a great one to start) or with your favorite marinade, nothing beats it. AND if you like it hot, add some ghost pepper or this awesome hot sauce collection for some additional heat!


  • 1 lb Beef Top Round (or London Broil)
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (ground)
  • 2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ cup water (cold)


  • Trim the fat from the meat.
  •  Put in freezer so it partially freezes.
  • Mix marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag.
  • Remove meat from freezer and slice ¼" strips.
  • Add sliced meat to marinade in the ziplock bag and let sit for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, pat meat dry.
  • Put meat in dehydrator (cook according to dehydrator instructions)
  • The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
  • Store jerky in air tight containers in a cool, dark, and dry place such as a fridge or cabinet. I use a mason jar in the fridge.
beef jerkey


Cut the strips of beef against the grain for an easy chew and with the grain for a more chewy jerky.