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Traeger Beef Jerky

Never buy Jerky from the store again. Buy a Traeger and make your own. Traeger Beef Jerky is the only jerky allowed in my house.

Traeger Beef Jerky

Traeger Smoked Beef Jerky

Howdy partner. It’s time to saddle up and head on down the dusty trail. Don’t leave the homestead without some sourdough in one saddle bag, and some beef jerky in the other.

Ever since man started killing animals and eating them, they’ve been trying to find ways of preserving them. Jerky, which is basically salt-cured dried meat, has been the most popular method forever. Drying it prevents spoilage, and salt curing it pulls the moisture out and prevents bacterial growth.

Traeger Beef Jerky

Modern man has very little actual need to preserve meat this way, but as we all know jerky is insanely delicious. There are multi-billion dollar companies whose main source of revenue is beef jerky.

While their products are fine to feed the masses and are easily accessible and available at literally every grocery and convenience store in the US, they lack the depth of beef and REAL smoke flavor that you can achieve by making it on a Traeger.

The only thing close to this stuff is going to come from an owner-operator at your local butcher shop. I’ve had some great jerky from places like that and will still eat it if offered, but I can’t spend my hard earned money on it when I can make it at home.

I have much the same feeling about prime rib. You may have tried our Traeger Prime Rib over the holidays. If so, hats off to you because it was the highlight of the season for me. There is also our Traeger Tri-Tip to consider as well for your next cookout for the beef fans in your life. For the chicken lovers, these Traeger Chicken Wings always top my list!

Traeger Beef Jerky

How Spicy Is This Jerky?

I almost forgot to give this small warning. This jerky has some heat to it. There is Sriracha and crushed red pepper in the recipe. Like, a lot. If you can’t take the heat, you can always reduce the amounts of each of those ingredients or omit altogether, just never admit to it.

I like it spicy. It warms my belly. A lot of the spiciness is offset by the slight sweetness, so you tender bellies just might be able to handle it anyway.

How To Make Awesome Traeger Smoked Beef Jerky

  • Choose a leaner cut of beef, (top sirloin, London broil, flank, etc.) fattier cuts will spoil faster.
  • Make your cuts about 1/4″ thick slicing the meat across the grain.
  • Marinate your meat after slicing for at least 6 hours, but not more than 24.
  • Watch the edges of your grill for hot spots and move pieces away as needed.
  • Never, and I mean never, use liquid smoke in the marinade. Unless you insist.
  • Put it on smoke and leave it on smoke the whole time.
  • Make enough to share.

Traeger Beef Jerky

Why Should You Make Your Own Beef Jerky?

More is better.

Make sure you double or even triple the recipe when you make this stuff because it isn’t gonna last long. Your spousal unit will love it, as will your kids. You’ll be a hero at work if you bring in a bag for everyone to share on break. I usually make three or four pounds at a time and it lasts for only two to three days, tops. I should probably follow my own advice.

It’s easier than you think.

I always wanted to make my own jerky and had intentions of doing it many times before I had a Traeger grill, but I never pulled the trigger as it seemed like a complicated thing. Once I got my T and started reading about it in a couple of Traeger Facebook groups it seemed like it was something I could do without too much trouble. I was right. Once I came up with the recipe for the marinade, making it on the Traeger was easy. If the recipe is followed, success is assured.

Traeger Beef Jerky

It’s less expensive than store-bought.

I know beef can be pricey, but you don’t need or want to use the fattier, pricier cuts to make jerky. Make sure to look for deals and coupons as ways to save as well. The cost of the rest of the marinade ingredients is minimal. If you try this recipe once, you’ll be hooked for life and will have eaten your last bag of mass-produced, store-bought jerky.

The Traeger does many, many things well, and some things exceptionally well. Beef jerky is one of those things. Don’t waste another $15-20 dollars on subpar mystery meat jerky ever again. Get your ingredients together, follow the recipe, and try your hand at making your first batch of easy, tasty, and affordable Traeger beef jerky.

Traeger Beef Jerkey

Traeger Beef Jerkey

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes

This homemade beef jerky is cooked on the Traeger or other wood-pellet grill, and will have you whipping up batches on the regular because it is just SO good.


  • 3 pounds sirloin steaks or another cut of choice or prime meat (Sliced 1/4" thick)
  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flake
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic


  1. Mix all marinade ingredients into a one-gallon zip-lock bag along with the sliced beef. Seal the bag, making sure to get as much air out of the bag as possible. Put the bag into the refrigerator and let marinate for 6-24 hours before cooking. Remove the bag from the fridge 1 hour prior to cooking. 
  2. Start up your Traeger grill and put it on the smoke setting. Lay out your meat on the grill with at least a half inch space between all the pieces. Leave on the grill 4-5 hours turning once after 2 - 2 1/2 hours. 
  3. Remove from grill when finished and let cool for thirty minutes to an hour before putting it into the refrigerator for storage. Make sure to get some for yourself before it's all gone.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309 Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 85mg Sodium: 2832mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 15g Protein: 34g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!
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Friday 6th of December 2019

Sounds like it might be spicy. Can you comment about the spice level? I like spicy but would I be able to serve it to children?

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 7th of December 2019

It is pretty mild, and if you have anyone super sensitive you can omit the spicy parts too and it'll still be delicious. My kids love it as is though!


Monday 11th of November 2019

Adapted due to impatience --- I wanted to try this out over the weekend and had no time to go to the store. {grin} I omitted the sriracha and swapped in ketchup (!) for the hoisin sauce as I had neither on hand. I used thinly sliced eye of round and top round sliced for milanese -- both are available in the Walmart meat department and spare me from having to use my abysmal knife skills. {wink} I used the Traeger Signature blend of pellets which is a combination of hickory, maple, and cherry hardwoods. The top round took just over 2 hours of smoking and the eye of round, which was slightly thicker, took closer to 3 hours. Delicious and on repeat for this week now that I've had a chance to get to the grocery store!

tom Thumb

Saturday 5th of October 2019

I can think of nothing as useless as a Pellet Smoker recipe which doesn't mention the pellets you use. I see this on so many sites. Cowards!

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 6th of October 2019

Orrrr maybe it is because the pellets actually don't matter as much as anyone wants to think they do, and anything will work here? Maybe?

Maxwell Hanna

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

I didn't see where you listed what your favorite pellet was for this receipt.

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

I don't know if I did. Any pellet would do well for this. I believe we mostly use Hickory for jerky though!

Donald Webb

Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

I gave up on attempting to read the content of this page due to the excessive advertising and the share options blocking the page.

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

Looks like you found the comment button pretty well. :D

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