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Teriyaki Beef Jerky Marinade

I’m going to keep this one really short and simple.

My wife loves teriyaki beef jerky. While I was busy making my sweet and hot Dr. Pepper and Jalapeno jerky I thought I’d be the super awesome husbandy-type guy I am and make some that she could enjoy as well.

Essentially, follow all of the steps in the Dr. Pepper version, just swap out that marinade for this marinade. Same times, etc. I made them side-by-side on the smoker. (This is the darker of the two, pictured. The ‘redder’ ones are the Dr. Pepper version.)

My first attempt on this was pretty good, but the Mrs. thought it needed a little more sweetness. If you’re not a big fan of ginger, you could half it, or leave it out entirely.

Here’s the important bit – the ingredients!

Teriyaki Beef Jerky Marinade

Sweet and salty, with that classic soy sauce flavour, teriyaki beef jerky is always hard to put down.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: beef, jerky, smoked, teriyaki
Author: Chris Pollard


  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Wire whisk


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar light will work too
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced ginger use less/omit if you're not a fan, but I really like the flavour it gives the jerky with it
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper coarse ground
  • 1 tbsp creamed honey liquid honey would also be fine, I just have creamed handy
  • 2 tbsp fancy molasses


  • Add all ingredients into your mixing bowl and stir with wire whisk.
  • Add marinate to jerky meat and let it work its magic for about 12 hours/overnight.


We found that without the molasses it lacked a little bit of sweetness in the finished jerky. Molasses adds a touch of sweet along with a dark colour and a rich flavour. 

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