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Dad's Jerky Marinade


"My dad has been making beef jerky for about as long as I can remember. He started on an outdoor smoker before graduating to an indoor dehydrator. He has gotten my husband addicted to it. You can use any type of meat that you like. I usually look for large inexpensive roasts with as little fat and marbling as possible."
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10 m servings 72 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 cup)

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  1. Stir together soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and hot pepper sauce in a bowl. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and sugar; stir until mixed.
  2. To use, toss one pound of thinly sliced meat with the marinade until well coated. Place into a resealable plastic bag, and squeeze out the air. Marinate in the refrigerator for 48 hours, mixing twice. Remove meat from marinade, and discard excess marinade. Prepare jerky according to the manufacturer's directions of your smoker or dehydrator.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 72 calories; 0.3 g fat; 16.9 g carbohydrates; 1.1 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 993 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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  1. 32 Ratings

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Tastes excellent!! Highly recommended!! We used bbq sauce instead of hot sauce, so we added a little was terrific!

Most helpful critical review

I use jerky gold marinade when I make jerky!! Way good.

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Tastes excellent!! Highly recommended!! We used bbq sauce instead of hot sauce, so we added a little was terrific!

Jerky Marinade Haiku: "Hmm what's it missing? It was a good marinade. Perhaps some all-spice?" I marinated several chicken tenderloins in this for a little over a day, and it was quite tasty. I ...

I wanted to find a good marinade to add to some meat I was feeding some men who came over to help with my yard. I didn't have the hot or liquid it called for, but used everything else. I added...

This recipe was great but it got "sticky" after a while. Definately make this, it's worth it.

This marinade was pretty good, but just a little too salty for me. I will use less soy sauce next time, but other than that, it was very tasty and I will use it for my jerky again.

husband used this marinade for venison jerky....he loved it!

fabulous. no need to try another recipe.

Great marinade!! I did a little less brown sugar and a little more Cholula.

This was really good. Loved it!