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Dr. Pepper Jalapeno Beef Jerky Recipe

  • Author: Alexandra


This unique combination is sweet and spicy with a hint of smoke. For flavor-packed jerky that will wow your tastebuds, this recipe is all you need!


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  • Saucepan
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Wood chips of choice
  • 23 pounds beef eye of round steak (thinly sliced against the grain)
  • 2 cups Dr. Pepper
  • 2 jalapenos (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  1. Cut the beef jerky into thin, even slices against the grain.
  2. Prepare the marinade by mixing all the ingredients in a heated saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer continuously until the mixture is reduced by half. Get the saucepan off the heat source.
  3. Marinate your slices of beef by placing the mixture and the meat in a zip-lock bag.
  4. Place the bag in the fridge and let it sit for 12 hours.
  5. After that time has passed, preheat the smoker to 170°F.
  6. Pick your preferred wood pellets and add them to your electric smoker.
  7. Pat each piece of jerky dry and place it on a jerky rack, the grill grates, or a cooling rack.
  8. Let them sit in the smoker for 2-3 hours (or longer if the pieces are thicker). Be sure to check on them every hour.
  9. You’ll know they’re done when they’re fairly rigid but still bendable.
  10. After they’re done, place them quickly in a semi-closed zip-lock bag and let them steam until they reach room temperature.