Spicy Homemade Jerky Marinade


My dad’s Beef Jerky recipe is amazing and was the first thing I wanted to make when we got our dehydrator. You pretty much can’t go wrong with a marinade and most people eyeball the amounts so my Dad never had an anything written down. Thankfully when he visited us last year, he agreed to make his daughter a batch. With pen in hand, I wrote down approximates of what he put in the bowl, Paleofied it as much as possible and have replicated it since. It’s amazing!


1/4 cup Worchester sauce
1/3 cup ketchup*
1/3 cup hot water
2/3 cup of tamari sauce
1/2 Tbsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
1 1/2 Tbsp. Red Pepper
1 Tbsp. yellow Mustard
1 Tbsp. brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
2 Tbsp. Liquid Smoke
Montreal Steak Spice to taste

*SIDE NOTE: We buy organic ketchup ($1.49 at Kroger) but you can make your own, here’s a tried and true recipe for Tangy Ketchup.


1. Make marinade and add thin beef strips. Refrigerate over night for best results.
2. Grab a roll of paper towel and dab excess liquid.
3. Sprinkle Montreal Steak spice on one side and place in your dehydrator.
4. Follow specific times and temperatures relating to your dehydrator.


BUDGET TIP: We’ve bought pricey roasts and have had them thinly sliced by the butcher before but this time round, I decided to pick up freshly sliced “Fajita” beef strips in the 5 for $19.99 section. It turned out just as good if not better because we smoked the jerky instead of using our dehydrator. Yes, you read that correctly! We smoked this batch. It took much less time and the smoking flavor made it taste better than usual.


  1. It’s an easy recipe that I make quite often and especially for guests since they get a kick out of it.

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