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Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a smoked beef jerky recipe for a pellet grill or a smoker like a Traeger grill. You will love this healthy homemade beef jerky!

Homemade Smoked Beef Jerky

5 from 53 votes
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoker
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12 1/4 pound servings (3 lb jerky total)
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
Smoked beef jerky is a favourite! This gluten free beef jerky is bursting with wonderful flavour making it a favourite homemade beef jerky recipe. It is a great recipe for a smoker like a Traeger grill. Read on for all the details for how to make this pellet grilled smoked beef jerky.
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  • 1 1/4 Cup coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ginger powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tsp. ancho chili powder
  • 2 Lb. flank steak


  • Combine coconut aminos, hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, onion, chili powder and black pepper in a large, sealable mixing bowl. Whisk well.
  • Slice steak into ¼” thick slices against the grain. Add to the bowl and seal. Place into the fridge and let marinate at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
  • After the meat has marinated, remove from the refrigerator and place the slices of meat on a cookie sheet lined with foil and paper towels. Place down one layer of meat, and then add a paper towel layer. Continue this layering until you have placed all of the meat on the baking sheet. Absorbing the extra moisture will help the meat cook more evenly.
  • Set smoker to 165 degrees F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • Once preheated, arrange sliced steak directly on the grill grate and smoke for 4 hours.
  • Check to be sure the jerky is done by lifting one end of the meat, if it holds its shape (and is somewhat pliable) the jerky is ready. If it bends too much, place back onto the smoker and check again after 30 minutes.
  • Place on a wire rack lined baking sheet to cool for 30 minutes. Store any leftovers in a ziplock in the fridge.


Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 653mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg


  • Oak, hickory, pecan and apple woodchips are good options for jerky
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.