Easy Homemade Cajun Beef Jerky Low Carb Sugar-Free Recipe
homemade cajun beef jerky

Keto Homemade Cajun Beef Jerky

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Beef jerky is one of our favorite keto snacks! It’s simply so delicious! The problem? Store-bought jerky usually has a lot of added sugar, which makes it not keto-friendly, unless you know where to find sugar-free beef jerky brands.

Today we will show you how to make a basic keto-friendly beef jerky from home.

At first glance, this recipe might look complicated and something that only molecular gastronomy chefs could make. But with a little hope from you and our support, it will turn into a great keto snack or side dish that can remain in your fridge for a while. It will always come in handy while cooking and decorating other ketogenic recipes.

The key to this recipe is quality beef meat and, of course, your patience when working with a dehydrator.

For about 4 hours, you should keep checking in with those meat strips because some may dry faster than others. Plus, depending on the type of meat, the result may be a little different every time.

Our marinade with a base of vinegar, garlic, and paprika is the classic version. It’s what most jerky from the store is marinated with.

Of course, you’re welcome to experiment with this marinade, changing propositions and adding new seasoning, to create a completely new marinade, or maybe you have your signature marinade that you use for summer BBQs.

low carb beef jerky

You can also add some keto-friendly sugar substitutes if you like it to taste a bit sweet as the store-bought products. You can use erythritol, monk fruit, or stevia. However, most people find that the vinegar is all you need to sweeten the meat!

Vinegar does not raise your blood sugar levels like normal sugar does. In fact, research shows that vinegar can be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes. 

One study found that taking vinegar at bedtime helps moderate waking glucose concentrations in people with type 2 diabetes (1). This is because acetic acid, the active ingredient in vinegar, has an antiglycemic effect.

Looking for a good beef jerky dehydrator for this recipe? Try this Nesco Food Dehydrator!

nesco food dehydrator

Let’s Do It!

Slice the beef against the grain into medium-size strips. You should use lean beef for this, such as round steak or flank steak.

slice round steak into strips

Add all marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then transfer to a ziplock bag.

Add meat into the zip bag and mix well. Chill it in the fridge for at least 6 hours to make sure the marinade is well-absorbed into the meat.

Remove the meat after marinating and drain the liquid.

marinate beef jerky

Place each meat slice on the dehydrator racks and make sure they don’t overlap each other.

Dry for 4 hours at 160F-170F. Once done, turn the dehydrator off but still leave the meat on the racks for 1-2 hours to cool.

dehydrating beef strips

Store in a ziplock bag for up to 10 days to serve!

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Keto Cajun Beef Jerky

Here's a keto-friendly beef jerky recipe you can make from home.
Course Snack
Cuisine Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword keto beef jerky, low carb beef jerky
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Passive time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 4 hours 4 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 86kcal
Author Tanya K.


  • 10 oz lean beef such as round steak

For marinade


  • Slice the meat into medium-size stripes against the grain.
  • In a small bowl, mix all marinade ingredients and transfer the mixture to a ziplock bag.
  • Add the beef stripes and shake well. Put the bag with beef in the fridge and marinate for 6-24 hours.
  • Drain the beef after marinating.
  • Put the meat on the dehydrator racks and make sure the stripes don’t touch each other.
  • Dry on 160F – 170F for 4 hours. Then turn the dehydrator off, but leave the stripes on the racks to cool for a few hours.
  • Store in a ziplock bag for 8-11 days.



Nutrition Facts
Keto Cajun Beef Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 267mg11%
Potassium 209mg6%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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