Traeger Smoked Beef Jerky Recipe

How to make smoked beef jerky in a Traeger

Smoked beef jerky is the perfect snack, good to share, high in protein, goes with beer (and its healthy). Homemade beef jerky is easy if you have a Traeger or other smoker pellet grill. It is much cheaper than buying premade jerky from the store, and you know exactly what is in it, so no artificial preservatives or other additives.

Close-up of Traeger smoked beef jery strips
Yield: 10 servings

Traeger smoked beef jerky

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 5 hours

How to cook smoked beef jerky in a Traeger.


  • 3 lb flank steak
  • 3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoon honey
  • 4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes (optional, add more if desired)


  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Trim any fat and connective tissue from the outside of the steak.
  3. Slice beef into 1/4 inch thick slices with a sharp knife. If you want chewy jerky slice with the grain, for more tender jerky slice against the grain. 
  4. Place sliced beef into a large resealable bag. Pour the marinade into the bag, and ensure that all the beef slices are coated with the marinade.
  5. Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight, to allow the meat to marinate.
  6. When the meat is marinated, set Traeger temperature to 165°F (74°C) and preheat with the lid closed until it comes up to temperature (approximately 15 minutes).
  7. Drain the marinade from the meat, and place meat in a single layer on the Traeger grill grate.  
  8. Smoke jerky on the Traeger for 4-5 hours, or until it has completely dehydrated. Check it frequently after 3 hours until it is chewy and bendy, but not brittle or charred.
  9. Remove jerky from Traeger and allow to cool on a cooling rack. Store in an air-tight jar or bag in the refrigerator. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 1330mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 39g
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