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.  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!

Island Jerky Traeger Recipe

Yield: 3.75 Pounds

Prep time: 10 Minute Prep, 16 hour soak

Total time: 4.5 Hours Cook time


Measure       Ingredient                                                                   

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

Taste              Oink Rub, 5280 Culinary                     

1.5 Cup          Soy Sauce, Low Sodium                                         

1.5 Cup          Happy Ending BBQ Sauce, 5280 Culinary    

1 Cup              Pineapple Juice                                                                

2 Tbsp            Oil, Sesame, Toasted                                                       

½ Cup            Sugar, Brown, Dark - For a sweeter jerky add ¾ cup sugar

2 Tbsp           Sesame Seeds, White, Toasted                                                  

½ Cup            Vinegar, Apple Cider

Prep Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl mix the following ingredients together:
    • Soy Sauce, Happy Ending BBQ Sauce, Pineapple Juice, Sesame Oil, Sugar, Vinegar and Sesame seeds
    • Place bowl in fridge to keep chilled
  • Place the sliced meat into a large pan
    • Season with the Oink rub, layer by layer and let sit at room temp for 30 minutes
      • Season to taste and adjust as needed
    • Mix well after 30 minutes and add the chilled Marinade and mix well to coat all beef
    • Cover the pan/bowl and place in the fridge for 16 hours (over 16 hours will produce a salty jerky

Cooking/Smoking Directions

  • Load your Traeger with Signature Blend Pellets
  • Preheat Traeger to 180 degrees
  • Remove the soaked beef from the marinade and place onto the lower and upper racks of the Traeger
  • Arrange so the meat is lying flat and not stacked on top of other meat
  • Smoke at 180 degrees for 4.5 hours
  • Jerky when done should be pliable and have a nice bronze color and smoke flavor
  • Remove from the Traeger and divide into 2ea 1-gallon zipper bags
  • Leave bag open to vent, place bag into your fridge
  • Allow to cool for 6-8 hours
  • Zip bag closed and store in the fridge
  • Consume within 4-5 days, keeping refrigerated for that time

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Published: 3/2/2020