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Smoked Bourbon Jerky

Smoked Bourbon Jerky

By Traeger Kitchen

Take a hike with this wood-fired snack. Marinated in a brown sugar and bourbon mix, then slow-smoked over oak, this jerky packs some serious flavor.

Prep Time

20 Minutes

Cook Time

6 Hours




This recipe serves:


Units of Measurement:
3 Pound flank steak
1 Cup bourbon
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup Traeger Jerky Rub
1 (7 oz) can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
3 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 Cup apple cider vinegar


  • 1

    Starting from a long end, roll the flank steak into a long tube. Slice crosswise (with the grain) into 1/4-inch-thick pieces. Transfer to a large resealable bag.

  • 2

    In a medium bowl, mix together the bourbon, brown sugar, Traeger Jerky Rub, chipotles in adobo, Worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar.

  • 3

    Pour the marinade into the bag with the steak, massaging through the bag until the meat is evenly coated. Seal the bag and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

  • 4

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 5

    Remove the steak from the marinade, discarding the marinade.

  • 6

    Arrange the steak strips on a jerky rack or directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and smoke for until the jerky has dried out, but is still pliable, about 6 hours.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C


  • 7

    Remove the jerky from the grill and let cool at room temperature, lightly covered, about 1 hour

  • 8

    Store in an airtight container or zip top bag in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

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