Dad's Jerky Marinade


This jerky marinade recipe is from my dad. He has been making beef jerky for 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 meat that you like. I usually look for large inexpensive roasts with as little fat and marbling as possible.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 cup


  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™), or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Stir together soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and liquid smoke in a bowl. Mix in sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper until combined.

To Use Marinade:

Toss 1 pound thinly sliced meat with marinade in a bowl until well coated. Place meat and marinade into a resealable plastic bag, squeeze out the air, and seal well. Marinate in the refrigerator for 48 hours, mixing twice. Remove meat from marinade; discard excess marinade. Prepare jerky according to the manufacturer's directions for your smoker or dehydrator.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

72 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 72
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 993mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 130mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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