Sweet n’ Spicy Beef Jerky

Sweet n’ Spicy Beef Jerky is our new favorite snack! You can make it at home, without a dehydrator!

I have always been a huge beef jerky fan. When I was growing up, we would take lots of road trips and beef jerky was always a snack that we had on hand. I was always partial to the spicy beef jerky, because, well, I’m partial to all things spicy.

Despite it being one of my favorite snacks, I don’t actually buy beef jerky all that often. For one, it’s expensive for such a little bag. Second, I was always a huge fan of the jerky that you buy in the bin at the gas stations (you know the whole road trip thing), but Ryan totally ruined it for me by saying “Ewww people grab that stuff with dirty hands!” And now I just imagine that every time I reach for one.

So what’s a jerky loving girl to do? Make her own Sweet n’ Spicy Beef Jerky.

Spicy Beef Jerky is our new favorite snack! You can make it at home, without a dehydrator!

Do you need a dehydrator to make beef jerky?

No! I have always been under the impression that beef jerky had to be made in a dehydrator. That is simply not true. In fact, you can make beef jerky in your oven. All you need is a couple baking sheets, aluminum foil, cooling racks and a wooden spoon to hold the door open.

The other hurdle was what cut of beef to use. For this Sweet n’ Spicy Beef Jerky recipe, I use london broil. London broil is inexpensive and can go a long way, especially when you are cutting it thin. I have tried it with flat iron steak too, it was a bit chewier, but totally worked.

Spicy Beef Jerky is our new favorite snack! You can make it at home, without a dehydrator!

Speaking of cutting the jerky thin, the best way to do that is to freeze the beef before hand, like I do with this beef stir fry. This allows you to cut thin slices of beef. For this Sweet n’ Spicy Beef Jerky, I cut the beef about 1/8 of an inch thick. It was the perfect thickness for me. If you like your jerky a bit chewier, cut it a little thicker.

Spicy Beef Jerky is our new favorite snack! You can make it at home, without a dehydrator!

The next step in the homemade jerky process, is the marinade. This Sweet n’Spicy Beef Jerky is marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar and chili garlic sauce overnight. Marinating it overnight, really allows the flavor to come through.

Finally, the cooking. Making your own beef jerky does take a bit of time. I cook this jerky anywhere from 3 – 4 hours at 170 degrees. After is has cooked, I let it cool on the counter for another couple of hours before putting it in a air-tight container.

But you guys, it is totally worth it.

Spicy Beef Jerky is our new favorite snack! You can make it at home, without a dehydrator!

This Spicy Beef Jerky has become a huge snack time favorite around here. I often find Preston sneaking into the container to get himself a snack. It’s amazing I was able to have enough to take these photos! ;)

Note: Originally posted 2017. Updated with new video 2019.

Sweet n' Spicy Beef Jerky is our new favorite snack! You can make it at home, without a dehydrator!

Sweet n’ Spicy Beef Jerky Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 16 reviews


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper, divided
  • 1 3/4 pound london broil, thinly sliced



Whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, chili garlic sauce, granulated garlic and 1 teaspoon black pepper.


Place thinly sliced london broil in a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over the top. Seal and marinate at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.


Remove from refrigerator one hour prior to cooking.


Preheat oven to lowest temperature, mine is 170 degrees.


Line 2 - 3 large baking sheets with aluminum foil. Place cooling racks on top of baking sheets.


Lay slices of jerky, 1/4 inches apart, on the trays. Sprinkle with remaining pepper.


Place trays on oven rack. Place the handle of a wooden spoon in the oven door just top prop it open slightly. Cook for 3 hours.


Remove from oven and allow to cool for another hour. Transfer to a air tight container. Store in the refrigerator.

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    May 11, 2019 at 6:01 am

    YASSSS So excited about this recipe! I love jerky but also feel it’s just too expensive. I haven’t tried to make my own yet, but am now very excited too… thanks for sharing!

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    May 3, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Would it be ok to use chili garlic paste, I don’t have sauce? Thanks so much,

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    Alisha Rodrigues
    April 1, 2019 at 3:08 am

    I love the fact that you’ve used simple ingredients which give the best balance of flavors. Always looking out for some fun recipes like these.. Thanks for sharing

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    March 31, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Yum! I’ve actually been dreaming about making my own jerky for quite some time now and your recipe was exactly the kick in the tushy I needed to finally do it! Thanks so much for sharing :).

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    March 31, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I’ve never been a big beef jerky fan, but I have friends who absolutely love it. I’ll definitely share this with them

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    March 31, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    This sweet and spicy beef jerky looks so good! Easy to make too so I can skip the store brought stuff next time.

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    Marisa F. Stewart
    March 31, 2019 at 9:21 am

    We used to make beef jerky by the pounds. Hubby was great at making it. All it takes is some thick top rounds and a great marinade and the jerky is better than the store-bought. Yours looks great. And I wouldn’t buy one of those that you pick out yourself for love nor money. Ewwwwww! I’ll have to show Hubby your recipe, we haven’t made jerky in a long time.

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    Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life
    March 29, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I always thought you had to have a dehydrator to make jerky so I’m so excited to hear that that’s not the case! We’ll definitely be trying this recipe soon!

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    March 29, 2019 at 10:16 am

    This beef jerky looks PERFECT! I have never even thought to make my own, but it looks so easy. Thank you for sharing!

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    Melanie Bauer
    March 27, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Looks sensational! I’d love to try this, definitely a huge hit in our house!

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    Toni | Boulder Locavore
    March 26, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    I love it! Looks so easy to make!

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    Allyson Zea
    March 26, 2019 at 10:16 am

    My family loved this recipe- THANKS!

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    Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie
    March 26, 2019 at 8:02 am

    This is a great snack option for my family! I have to make it this week!

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    March 26, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I am in love! Who knew this whole time that I could be saving a ton of money by making my own jerky in the OVEN! Mind blown… Heading to the grocery store now.

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    Elaine Benoit
    March 26, 2019 at 6:02 am

    I, too was under the impression I needed a dehydrator to make beef jerky! Yay! Now I can make it. Your recipe looks both easy and delicious and I can’t wait to try it out!

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    March 25, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    My husband is a beef jerky snob and he can’t stop talking about this jerky! Great recipe!

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    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    March 25, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I make my own jerky all of the time! Your version sounds delicious, I will definitely have to give it a try the next time we need a meaty snack ;)

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    March 25, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I’m totally addicted to beef jerky, look forward to trying this one!

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    March 25, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    LOL…I totally feel you! There are a number of things I no longer eat because of my husband and his fear of germs! Looks like you have a winner of a homemade beef jerky! Love the sweet and spicy combo!

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    March 25, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    I can’t wait to make these for my husband. He absolutely love it!

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      March 16, 2019 at 9:36 am

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you!

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    February 24, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Love this jerky recipe! We have tried a few now and this is definitely our favourite so far. The perfect blend of sweet and spicy!

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      February 24, 2019 at 8:30 pm

      So happy to hear that Jools! Thank you!

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    May 22, 2017 at 7:27 am

    My younger son is a jerky addict, but so many of the ones at the store are either really expensive or filled with a ton of questionable ingredients. I have to make this recipe for him!

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
    May 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Beef jerky is one of my most favorite treats EVER – love this!

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    May 20, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Wow this is so impressive! I have never thought of making beef jerky in the oven! Awesome!!

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    May 20, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Wow! I never knew you could make this in the oven!! This will be the perfect Father’s Day gift!

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    Patricia Conte
    May 19, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I’m so, so, so impressed! I always thought you’d need a dehydrator, too! I really want to try this! Awesome!

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    Delaney | Melanie Makes
    May 19, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    This looks amazing! My brother would especially love it.

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