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, jalape├▒os, 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

Webmaster of Budding skill enthusiast and modern survivalist. When nick isn't plotting his next project he is probably running with his dogs, riding his mountain bike, or fiddling with his home theater.

  • Mary

    Nice video, good tips. But, those guys are sure strange looking! Can’t you get some better looking actors???

  • “Mary” – thanks of the tip… our Swimsuit calendar is due out on Jan 1, 2011

  • Great video, but GMO soy sauce – no thanks, I would find an alternative.

  • There are 1000 different marinades. I am sure u could find organic soy sauce. Maybe u could offer some soy sauce alternatives? I love the taste the soy sauce brings to the table. Look forward to your suggestions

  • Very cute. I might be able to handle this process. I want that smoker! I know my doggie would help.

  • CarolinaHiker

    Loved the video, very informative and funny! Going to try this out in the next week or so…haven’t fired up the smoker in way too long.

  • I routinely make my own smoked jerky, including smoked cheeses, etc. I love the smoky flavors and dried foods for storage.

  • non-gmo soy sauce provider:

    List of non gmo products:

  • @sweethearts mom.. for years I made jerky in a little cheap brinkman smoker… i like and reccomend the chargriller smoker…

    A friend of mine has a big chest smoker where you put the chips in a cast iron box in water.. he swears by it, and to his credit it comes out very well.

    I won’t consider a propane smoker, but I am old school…

  • If i didn’t already have a propane grill and a smoker I would get this
    with this (which goes on it)

    I saw it at tractor supply all put together and it is quite impressive. You have your propane grill, cast iron grate charcoal grill, and smoker all in one unit

  • Mike P

    Awesome dude! LMAO @ the dog (2:40) , “Nope, wasn’t me, just playing with my Kong dad!”

  • If you don’t have a smoker you could just use a dehydrator and into your marinade add liquid smoke.

  • Paul

    How long can you store it at room temperature? I am looking for a replacement for store bought jerky for my son to eat. Will this store without risk of going bad? Thanks!

    ps, looking forward to the 4 hour wait.

  • Anonymous

    Paul, I keep it in a zip lock back in my snack drawer. I’ve had it up to a month without any sign of degradation, i would assume it would last a very very long time, however I like it too much to not just eat it all up.

    For me this isn’t a long term storage SHTF food supply thing… it’s a “I really love homemade beef jerky” thing

  • Paul

    Thanks for the response. I am looking for a new grill that has that smoker side attachment. My current grill is the standard gas grill with the rack 4 inches of the burner. Not suitable for making jerky.

  • Farseer

    We make lots of jerky in the oven and dehydrator and smoke our fish so thought we’d combine the two and give smoking jerky a go. Thanks for the video and laughs, Nick! ­čÖé