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10 Whiskey, Bourbon, Soda Jerky Marinades



If you’re thinking of giving some of your delicious homemade jerky as Christmas gifts, why not try giving it a holiday twist and make it using either whisky or bourbon.  Your favorite brand, of course !


Either one of these can be used in the marinade to infuse a unique flavor to beef, bison or venison when mixed in with the other ingredients.  We did not find any recipes for making jerky sticks using whiskey or bourbon – only strip jerky.


In almost all the recipes that we reviewed, the marinade ingredients using either whiskey or bourbon were typical of those ingredients used in a standard jerky marinade with a 1/4 tsp.  curing salt per 1 lb. of meat being part of the recipe.


The marinade time and refrigeration process was the same with the marinade being tossed once the meat has been removed from the marinade. Be sure to pat the strips dry with a paper towel before placing on the dehydrator trays.


We’re placing links below to some of the marinade recipes we found. Each recipe shows the main marinade ingredients so hopefully you can find one that suits your taste.


5 Whiskey & Bourbon Marinades

Whiskey Beef Jerky –   Root beer, whiskey, molasses, brown sugar, soy sauce, liquid smoke, garlic powder, chili powder.

Whiskey Jerky – Brown sugar, whiskey, soy sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, liquid hickory smoke

Bourbon Jerky –  Bourbon, liquid hickory smoke, molasses, brown sugar, black pepper, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce

Peppered Bourbon Jerky – Vinegar, liquid smoke, bourbon, sea salt, clove, cumin, ginger, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne (optional)

Bourbon Venison – Southern Comfort, soy sauce, Teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce,  red pepper, black pepper, liquid smoke, garlic powder

If you are not inclined to purchase a bottle of either whiskey or bourbon just for making jerky, we’ve given a few links for purchasing pre-packaged marinades to get that special flavor.






5 Soda  Marinades- Dr. Pepper, Coca Cola, Root Beer






Not to leave out those who might not want to try the above jerky marinades, we’re including some recipes for making jerky using soda, i.e., Dr. Pepper, Coca Cola, Root Beer and Cream Soda. Like the whiskey/bourbon marinades we’re listing the main ingredients with each recipe link.

Dr. Pepper – Jalapeno Jerky –   Dr. Pepper, jalapeno,  Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder.

Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky – Dr. Pepper, sea salt, black pepper, brown sugar, cure

Coca Cola Jerky –  Coca Cola, soy sauce, 5 ingredient Chinese spice powder,  ground ginger, cayenne

Cream Soda (and Bourbon) Jerky – Cream soda, bourbon, maple syrup, soy sauce, liquid smoke, brown sugar, onion powder, chili powder

Root Beer Jerky –   Root Beer, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, salt, chipotle chilies,  paprika, onion powder

Only pre-packaged marinade with ‘soda’ flavor was for Dr. Pepper, get it at this link on Amazon.






Thanksgiving Goodies




It’s getting to be that time of year when we all look forward to lots and lots of wonderful food. To that end, we’re sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes  . .  . not necessarily jerky but nonetheless – delicious.


We’re including some that are ‘no sugar added’ as well as 50% sugar free for those on a sugar restricted diets. Hope you enjoy them.

Sugar Free & 50% Sugar Free Recipes

Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce

Powdered Sugar from Splenda   (use this in place of  regular powdered sugar)

29 Sugar Free Desserts

Sixteen (16)  50% Sugar Free Desserts



Traditional Recipes

Bourbon Pecan Pie

Rum Cake w/Rum Glaze

Chocolate Cake in the Pan  (Traditional) or  Chocolate Cake in the Pan  (50% sugar free)


And for those that would like to use their jerky in a recipe, check out the recipes at this link where jerky is an ingredient in dishes such as biscuits, gravy, etc.


Check back when we’ll pass along a terrific recipe for Christmas and offer up some recommendations for those on the shopping list who love to make jerky.