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Teriyaki Sugar Free Beef Jerky

This Teriyaki Sugar Free Beef Jerky is the perfect jerky when you're on a diet that doesn't include added processed sugar, or you're just looking to decrease your overall sugar intake. It's full of flavor and will leave you wondering why you ever made it with added sugar in the first place.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Marinate Time1 day
Total Time1 day 2 hours 45 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Keyword: Sugar Free Beef Jerky
Servings: 6
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


  • 2-3 pound rump roast sliced thin (1/4 inch) against the grain

Sugar Free Teriyaki Marinade

  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup coconut aminos
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder


  • Make the marinade. Combine all ingredients for the sugar free teriyaki marinade in a gallon sized zip top bag.
  • Marinate the beef. Add the sliced beef to the marinade and massage to thoroughly coat the beef. Place the bag in the fridge and allow the beef to marinate for 8-24 hours.
  • Preheat the smoker. Preheat your smoker (or oven) to approximately 170-175 degrees F. Follow any preheating or preparation instructions if using a dehydrator.
  • Smoke the jerky. Take the meat out of the marinade and place it directly on the grill grates, jerky rack, or cooling rack and smoke/cook for 2-3 hours or up to 5 hours. Flip the jerky after the first hour, and check to be sure your jerky is drying evenly. You may need to move pieces around on the grates if some are dying faster than others. You are looking for jerky that is firm and still slightly pliable, but not soft and squishy.
  • Steam the beef jerky. Place the finished jerky in a gallon zip top bag while it is still warm. Don't seal closed all the way. The jerky will steam in the bag slightly and this step will make the jerky moist.
  • Store and enjoy. Eat immediately, or store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.



This marinade has no added salt. This keeps the sodium low, but you might miss the saltiness of traditional jerky. If you aren't watching your sodium intake, add 2 teaspoons of coarse Kosher salt to the marinade before putting the meat in.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 522mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg