Dr. pepper and beef jerky

Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky Recipe (Step by Step)

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This recipe is perfect for those of you who like the unique taste of Dr. Pepper. When we mix in some beef, we’ll naturally get a delicious Dr. Pepper beef jerky.


The most incredible thing about this recipe is that it requires so few ingredients and doesn’t require much effort.

You’ll need only the following items:

  • pink curing salt – our favorite is Pink Curing Salt #1 (premium Prague powder)
  • black pepper
  • sea salt
  • a Dr. Pepper
  • your favorite cut of beef
Ingredients for Dr. Peper beef jerkey
Ingredients for Dr. Peper Beef Jerky

I chose my favorite cut of beef, eye of round, for this recipe.

Beef the eye of round for Beef Jerky
Beef – eye of round

Slicing the Meat and Making the Marinade

Before slicing the meat, make sure to cut off all fat. This is important because fat spoils faster than meat. Cutting the fat away will ensure a longer shelf life for your beef jerky.

Slicing the meat for beef jerky
Cutting off all fat from beef

I usually use around one lb. of beef for my jerky recipes. For easier cutting, I place the meat in the freezer for approximately one hour.

While the meat is in the freezer, I’d suggest you take the time to make your marinade.


  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp) Prague Powder #1 curing salt
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) sea salt
  • 1 can of Dr. Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar

Take the meat from the freezer and slice it as slimly as you can. The strips should be the same thickness if you want the meat to cook at the approximate same time for all pieces.

Add your sliced meat to the marinade. Afterward, place the mixture (beef & marinade) in the refrigerator for at least (minimum) 6 hours. I marinade mine all night.

Marinade for Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky
Marinade for Dr. Pepper beef jerky

Drying the Jerky

The next step is drying. There are a few ways for drying beef: in an oven, in an electric smoker, and in a dehydrator.

I used an oven in the past but it’s a bit tricky. The best temperature for beef jerky is 160 F, but the minimum temperature in my oven is 200 F so my jerky tasted more cooked than dehydrated.

The easiest way of drying jerky is to use a dehydrator. It’s very easy for using and it’s not expensive. I bought mine on Amazon.

Drying the Jerky
Beef placed on our dehydrator

Testing for When the Jerky Is Cooked

The drying time varies from 4 to 10 hours, of course depending on temperature.

The drying temperature in the dehydratorThe minimum dehydrating time
125 degrees F10 hours
135 degrees F6 hours
145 degrees F7 hours
160 degrees F4 hours

I like my jerky a bit crispy, which is why I dehydrate it for around 6 hours at 160 F. You’ll find your best condition after experimenting a few times. For an oven, the cooking time is the same as for a dehydrator and for a smoker, it’s usually around 2 hours more.

The beef jerky is fully cooked when you bend a piece and it’s maybe starting to break a little, but shouldn’t snap and break.

Testing for When the Jerky Is Cooked
What beef jerky looks like after being dehydrated for 6 hours

Enjoy your Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky and don’t forget to store it safely.

Recipe of Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky

This recipe serves 5 people. The total cooking time is 12 hours and 30 minutes:

  • the preparation time is 30 minutes
  • the marinade time is (minimum) 6 hours
  • the cooking time is 6 hours

Proportions & Cost

1 lb Beef Eye of Round$5 per 1 lb in Walmart
1/4 teaspoon Prague Powder #1 curing saltBetween $12 and $13 for a 2.5 lb. pack
(1/4 of a teaspoon = 0.01 cents)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper$3.98 for a 3.12 oz. container at Walmart
(1 teaspoon = 0.21 cents)
1 teaspoon sea salt$1.96 for 2.12 oz. a container at Walmart
(1 teaspoon = 0.15 cents)
1 can of Dr. Pepper$3.98 per 12 cans at Walmart
(0.33 cents per can)
4 tablespoon brown sugar$2.17 for 2lb. container at Walmart
(4 tablespoons = 0.14 cents)
Total cost:$5.84/~7 oz. (full cost: meat + ingredients)

Abbreviated Instructions

  1. Make sure to cut off all fat from your beef and leave it in the freezer for one hour.
  2. For your marinade, mix Prague powder #1, ground black pepper, sea salt, a Dr. Pepper, brown sugar in the right proportions (see above).
  3. Slice your beef as slim as you can.
  4. Add your meat to the marinade and place the mixture in the refrigerator for between 6 and 24 hours.
  5. After marinating the beef, dry it for at least 4 hours using your favorite method.
Beef jerky Dr. Pepper
Beef Jerky Dr. Pepper

Random Beef Jerky Joke:

"You might be a redneck if you think that beef jerky and moon pies are two of the major food groups."
-- Jeff Foxworthy