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We're confident this will be your favorite sweet and spicy beef jerky recipe for those that love that balance of hot and sweet. This is the ultimate treat for family outings, sporting events, camping, or hiking trips. Pineapple juice is the key that ties the flavors together. Go easy on the black and red pepper as the flavor goes a long way!

Recipe Summary

15 mins
5 hrs
3 hrs 15 mins
8 hrs 30 mins


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix together onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper in a small bowl or cup. Season beef lightly, using only part of the spice blend and reserving the rest. Place beef into an airtight plastic container or bowl, and refrigerate.

  • Stir together brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, balsamic vinegar, teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke flavoring. Heat until brown sugar has completely dissolved. Refrigerate marinade until cool.

  • Pour cooled marinade over the seasoned meat, and mix by hand to coat. Seal the bowl, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

  • Arrange beef strips on the rack of a dehydrator, and sprinkle with a little bit more of the spice mixture and red pepper flakes. Dry for 5 hours, or to your desired dryness.


Use an electric knife and slice a semi-frozen sirloin for ease of cutting and for thinner, more uniform slices.

Nutrition Facts

527 calories; protein 23.3g; carbohydrates 47.4g; fat 27.5g; cholesterol 60.3mg; sodium 3319.4mg. Full Nutrition