How To Make Beef Jerky On A Traeger

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There is nothing better than a delicious piece of beef jerky, especially when it doesn’t contain preservatives.

How To Make Beef Jerky On A Traeger

Take this Island Jerky for a taste drive and see what real flavor taste like. Check out my recipe on how your Traeger can create this tasty treat!

Yield: 3.75 Pounds     Prep time: 10 Minute Prep, 16 hour soak     Total time: 4.5 Hours Cook time


  • 5 Pounds-  Top Round Beef (Sliced ¼” thick, Cut rounds in half)

  • To Taste-   Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary  

  • 1.5 Cup-   Low Sodium Soy Sauce

  • 1.5 Cup-   Happy Ending BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary

  • 1 Cup-   Pineapple Juice

  • 2 Tbsp-    Toasted Sesame Seed Oil

  • ½ Cup-   Dark Brown Sugar (for sweeter jerky, 3/4 cup)

  • 2 Tbsp-    White Sesame Seeds, Toasted

  • ½ Cup-    Apple Cider Vinegar

Prep Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl mix the following ingredients together:

    • Soy Sauce

    • Happy Ending BBQ Sauce

    • Pineapple Juice

    • Sesame Oil, Sugar

    • Vinegar

    • Sesame seeds

  2. Place bowl in fridge to keep chilled

  3. Place the sliced meat into a large pan

  4. Season with the Oink rub, layer by layer and let sit at room temp for 30 minutes. Season to taste and adjust as needed

  5. Mix well after 30 minutes and add the chilled Marinade and mix well to coat all beef

  6. Cover the pan/bowl and place in the fridge for 16 hours (over 16 hours will produce a salty jerky

Cooking Directions

  1. Load your Traeger with Signature Blend Pellets

  2. Preheat Traeger to 180 degrees

  3. Remove the soaked beef from the marinade and place onto the lower and upper racks of the Traeger

  4. Arrange so the meat is lying flat and not stacked on top of other meat

  5. Smoke at 180 degrees for 4.5 hours

  6. Jerky when done should be pliable and have a nice bronze color and smoke flavor

  7. Remove from the Traeger and divide into 2ea 1-gallon zipper bags

  8. Leave bag open to vent, place bag into your fridge

  9. Allow to cool for 6-8 hours

  10. Zip bag closed and store in the fridge

  11. Consume within 4-5 days, keeping refrigerated for that time

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Published: 3/2/2020