How to smoke your own homemade beef jerky!

I love beef jerky and no store bought jerky can match your own homemade jerky.

Step up to some real jerky.

Here is the basic recipe:

  1. Choose a cut of lean meat such as top round, buffalo, venison, etc
  2. Cut it into thin strips
  3. Basic Jerky Marinade:
    1. 1/2 Soy Sauce
    2. 1/2 Worcestershire Sauce
    3. Spice to taste… suggestions include hot sauce, jalapeƱos, garlic, cumin, etc (just go wild!!)
  4. Marinade overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours
  5. Put in smoker at a steady 150 degrees until done. Typically about 3 to 6 hours. To see if it is done give it a taste!


  1. Your Jerky will become more “Jerky like” after sitting around a few days. Don’t overcook your jerky!
  2. If your fire is too cold that is FINE, if it is too hot for too long you will RUIN the jerky.
  3. You can always pull the jerky out of the smoker after a few hours and finish it in the dehydrator or oven

Checkout this youtube video of the Jerky I made this past weekend. It is SO GOOD it is like crack to me right now. It’s all the self control I can manage to not eat the entire bag in one sitting.

Author: Nick-LaDieu

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