I have been wanting to make a beef jerky recipe for a long time, so I am super stoked to share this Hot Honey Garlic Beef Jerky with Oklahoma Joe’s

I marinated a thinly-sliced beef round in a hot honey garlic marinade, then smoked it on the Oklahoma Joe’s Judge Charcoal Grill for 4-5 hours at low heat. Finally, I finished it off with some honey and enjoyed some of the best jerky I’ve ever tasted! 

A piece of Hot Honey Garlic Beef Jerky held up close to the camera.

All you need to do is spend 45 minutes of prep time and 15 minutes of cooking time to serve up to six people– or keep it all to yourself for long-term snacking!

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Why You’ll Love This Beef Jerky Recipe

Everyone loves store-bought beef jerky, but did you know there’s even better jerky out there? It’s true, making your own beef jerky will absolutely transform your snacking experience.

All you need is a big piece of beef, the Oklahoma Joe’s Judge Charcoal Grill, and the ingredients for your marinade. Let’s dive into the process!

Hot Honey Garlic Beef Jerky Ingredients

To make your homemade beef jerky, you’ll start out with a 3 lb beef top round, trimmed of silver skin and fat. You’ll also create a marinade made out of soy sauce, minced garlic, BLK Hot Sauce, Big Bad BBQ Ale Rub, brown sugar, honey, black garlic sauce, and sesame seeds.

A close up shot of the raw, marinated beef jerky.

Cook Every Part of the Cow

How to Make Homemade Beef Jerky

The Prep

Begin this beef jerky recipe by combining your marinade ingredients: soy sauce, minced garlic, hot sauce, BBQ rub, brown sugar, honey, black garlic sauce and sesame seeds, in a bowl and then mix thoroughly. Set to the side.

Prepping the marinade for our beef jerky recipe.

Take your beef round and slice it in half lengthwise. Then, cut the steak into thin slices with a sharp knife for your jerky. 

Cutting the beef round and flatting the slices with a mallet.

Using a mallet or meat tenderizer, flatten all the pieces and place into a food safe bag or bowl. Add the flavorful marinade to the bag and mix the beef around until the jerky marinade coats all the pieces. 

Set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, but ideally overnight.

Adding the meat to the marinade in a bag for our beef jerky recipe.

The Cook

Preheat your Oklahoma Joe’s Judge Charcoal Grill for indirect cooking at 175F for this beef jerky recipe. 

Pull out the beef and place them in a single layer on a mesh tray. Place the tray with the beef onto the smoker to cook for 4-5 hours or until the beef jerky is no longer bending when you pick it up. 

About 10 minutes before pulling off, glaze all of the jerky strips with more honey and keep smoking. Pull off once done and let the meat dry and cool on a wire rack at room temperature for 2-3 minutes. 

The beef jerky on a smoking rack to the Oklahoma Joe.

Store any extra tender jerky in a sealed container or plastic zip-top bag in a cool, dry place to avoid staleness.

Serve up and enjoy!

For more on the Oklahoma Joe, check out my Steak Onion Skewers, Smoked Pork Crown Roast and Mushroom Swiss Steak Sandwich.

Beef Jerky Recipe Tips and Tricks

If this is your first batch of jerky, it might take some trial and error to hone in your favorite flavoring and seasoning/marinade ration. But don’t give up! The recipe is easy. You could even try a few different flavor combos all in the same cook so find your favorite faster.

Also,make sure your strips of meat are very thin, and thoroughly flattened before marinating.This will give you the classic, thin layers of snackable jerky at the finish line!

The key for beef jerky is time and temperature. Low heat around 165-175F is all you need for 3-4 hours. Smoke it until the beef firms up and does not bend anymore! 

A pile of jerky stacked on a plate.

How to Store Leftovers

To continue enjoying the best beef jerky, make sure to store it correctly and keep it fresh! For maximum shelf life, store any leftover homemade jerky in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

What to Serve with This Beef Jerky Recipe

Everyone loves a packed charcuterie board. Tender beef jerky is a delicious snack that can be accompanied with assorted cheeses and nuts, crackers, green olives, pickles, and a glass of red wine.

Recipe FAQ’s 

Can I Make Jerky with a Different Type of Meat?

There are lots of different kinds of meat you can use to make jerky using this marinade.

You can make turkey jerky, deer jerky, chicken jerky, and more. But keep in mind, your jerky needs to be made out of a lean cut of meat. Different types or cuts of meat may need different cook times, so your research!

How Long Will Beef Jerky Be Ready to Eat?

Depending on how you store your homemade jerky, its shelf life will be different. If stored in a Ziploc bag or airtight container at room temperature, it may last 1-2 months. Packaging it in a vacuum-sealed wrapper or airtight container will help it last much longer, especially if it’s stored in the fridge.

Keep an eye out for staleness, crustiness, or brittleness as cues that your jerky is past its prime.

The Oklahoma Joe’s smoker was perfect for this beef jerky recipe, because I could sit back and relax as my dinner cooked. There were no rogue flames I had to tame, the smoke had it covered. When my jerky was ready, it was full of real, wood-fired flavor. I don’t know if I’ll ever eat store-bought jerky again!

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A piece of Hot Honey Garlic Beef Jerky held up close to the camera.

Hot Honey Garlic Beef Jerky Recipe

Hot Honey Garlic Beef Jerky Recipe for the perfect fire smoked snack.
Author:Derek Wolf
4.72 from 32 votes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 People

Ingredients 

Beef + Marinade:

  • 3 lbs Beef Round trimmed of silver skin and fat
  • 1 cup Soy Sauce low sodium
  • 2 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp BLK Hot Sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp Big Bad BBQ Ale Rub
  • 1.5 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1.25 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Black Garlic Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds

Instructions 

  • Begin by making your marinade by adding the soy sauce, minced garlic, hot sauce, bbq rub, brown sugar, honey, black garlic sauce and sesame seeds to a bowl and mix thoroughly. Set to the side.
  • Take your beef round and slice in half lengthwise.
  • Then, thinly slice the steak for your jerky.
  • Using a mallet, flatten all the pieces and place into a food safe bag or bowl.
  • Add the marinade to the bag and mix the beef around to coat all pieces. Set in the fridge for at least 4 hours but ideally overnight.
  • Preheat your Oklahoma Joe’s Judge Charcoal grill for indirect cooking at 175F.
  • Pull out the beef and evenly place on a mesh tray.
  • Place into the smoker to cook for 4-5 hours or until the beef jerky is no longer bending when you pick it up.
  • About 10 minutes before pulling off, glaze with more honey and keep smoking.
  • Pull off once done and let cool for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve up and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 644kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 2401mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 7mg

Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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