Smoked Beef Jerky

13:15 - Prep 6:15 / Cook 7:00
Intermediate

After an overnight marinade, this Smoked Beef Jerky spends the day cooking over low heat and rolling smoke for jerky that just might be the best you’ve ever tasted. The Worcestershire and soy sauce marinade with honey, lime juice and red pepper flakes makes it tender with a complex flavor profile and bold spice.

We made this recipe on the Bronco Drum Smoker, but you can make it on your smoker.

About the Cut: The beef round is a large primal cut consisting mainly of the rear leg and rump of the animal. It's very lean with a lot of tendons, ligaments, cartilage and other connective tissue, which can be chewy if not cooked properly.

4-5 Servings
Ingredients
Beef
  • 1 (3-pound) beef round roast
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 8-9 oak, hickory or pecan wood chunks
Marinade
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
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1. Place beef in the freezer for 45 minutes.
2. Using a chef’s knife or butcher knife, carefully cut the beef round across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Hot TipYou can make jerky using beef, pork, goat or lamb and game animals such as deer, bear, caribou and moose. The meat should be lean, cut thin (1/4 of an inch) and trimmed of all fat.
3. In large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Add slices to the marinade and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 to 6 hours to overnight.
4. Preheat your smoker to 180°F and toss 3 to 4 wood chunks onto hot coals.
Hot TipReplenish wood chunks as needed to keep the smoke flowing.
5. Remove beef from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Place beef slices onto smoker grate. Close the lid and cook until the jerky is fully cooked, 5 to 7 hours.
6. Remove jerky strips from your smoker and enjoy.
Hot TipFor a spicy kick, sprinkle with more red pepper flakes.
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