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12 Decadent Seasonings to Take Your Homemade Jerky to the Next Level

12 Decadent Seasonings to Take Your Homemade Jerky to the Next Level

When it comes to making jerky at home (you may need a good dehydrator), a good marinade can make or break the deal. But, if you are anything like us, adding a little more zest to the mix is always welcome. That’s where dry rubs and seasoning mixes come in. Packed with lots of flavors and requiring zero cooking skills (yeah!), these 12 easy-to-make seasonings can take your homemade jerky strips to the next level, whether your protein of choice is pork, beef, turkey or chicken*.

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  • Carolina BBQ Jerky Seasoning

Smoky, tangy and slightly spicy, this simple but delicious mix can add a much-needed richness to your homemade beef jerky.


1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp black pepper, ground

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper

2 tbsp paprika



  • Cocoa Jerky Seasoning

We’ll let you in on a little secret: Cocoa powder is not just for sweet stuff. The popular ingredient also pairs excellent with beef, turning your jerky into a homemade gourmet delicacy within seconds.


½ tsp salt

½ tbsp black pepper, ground

½ tbsp garlic powder

½ tbsp onion powder

½ tbsp cumin

½ tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp brown sugar



  • Chili Coffee Jerky Seasoning

Think your coffee granules have no place past the mug? Think again! Thanks to its acidic flair, this favorite pick-me-up can take your bland beef up a notch while the chili powder adds a welcome sweet/spicy touch to the mix. PS: The darker the roast, the more intense the flavor, so go easy on it if you prefer mild seasonings.


2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp dark roast coffee

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp sugar

½ tsp salt




  • Sweet & Spicy Jerky Seasoning

Taking cues from the Korean cuisine, this jerky seasoning is the easiest way to add some depth to your favorite snack. Ready to spice/sweeten things up?


½ tbsp black pepper, ground

½ tsp salt

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp onion powder

½ tsp cayenne pepper

1 ½ tbsp paprika

½ tbsp brown sugar



  • Italian Herb Jerky Seasoning

If you are looking for an easy way to infuse your jerky with the flavors of the Mediterranean cuisine, this seasoning mix has you covered. Inspired by the aromas and taste of the Italian cuisine, the dry rub consists of various fragrant herbs which will transform your protein-rich snack into a chef-worthy bite.


1 ½ tsp oregano

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried thyme

½ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp garlic powder



  • Jamaican Jerky Seasoning

Craving island food? Then, you can’t go wrong with this dry rub. Containing all kinds of Jamaica-friendly spices, the jerky seasoning will conjure up thoughts of sunshine, grass skirts, and frozen cocktails. Consider yourself warned!


1 tbsp allspice

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper, ground

1 tbsp dried thyme

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp coconut sugar

¼ tsp cayenne pepper




  • Moroccan Jerky Seasoning

It’s true: The Moroccan cuisine is no stranger to herbs and spices, and this jerky seasoning mix proves this theory once again. But, that’s not all. Besides its nose-tingling aroma, the dry rub pairs great with pork, making your homemade jerky taste much better (and a little bit exotic).


1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dried coriander, ground

½ tsp caraway

1 tbs chili powder

½ tsp dried sage

½ tsp black pepper, ground

1 tbsp salt

1 ½ tbsp brown sugar

½ tsp cinnamon



  • Chinese BBQ Jerky Seasoning

If you love all things BBQ, this Chinese-inspired seasoning mix is an absolute must-try. Combining some of the most popular spices of the Southeast Asian cuisine, the dry will turn your pork jerky into a treat only Michelin restaurant menu items could compete with.


½ tsp star anise, ground

½ tsp fennel seeds, crushed

1 tsp chili pepper

1/3 tsp cloves, ground

1 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp powdered soy sauce



  • Mustard Jerky Seasoning

Newsflash: Pork pairs great with mustard. The tangy flavor of the yellowish condiment has a strong effect on pork’s savory taste, so when these two combine, they create a uniquely intricate combo with a serious flavor punch.


2 tbsp dry mustard

½ tbsp dried parsley

½ tsp orange peel

½ tsp black pepper, ground

1 tsp salt

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp dried rosemary, ground




  • Cajun Jerky Seasoning

Let’s be honest: You could put Cajun seasoning on raw food, and it would still taste awesome. So, you can imagine how tasty your turkey jerky will be just by adding a few tablespoons of this dry rub to the mix.


1 tbsp salt

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp paprika

¼ tsp oregano

2/3 tsp cayenne pepper

¼ tsp dried thyme



  • Garlic & Herb Jerky Seasoning

A combination of garlic, oregano, parsley and many other aromatic herbs lend an exciting and unusual flavor to your soon-to-be-jerky meat, a trait that’ll make you and your guests come back for more.


1 tbsp dried parsley

¼ tbsp dried basil

¼ tbsp dried oregano

1 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp dried thyme

½ tsp dried rosemary

½ tsp dried tarragon



  • Spicy Lemon/Pepper Jerky Seasoning

Combining two classic flavors, this creative seasoning may seem ordinary, yet it’s anything but. In fact, it steps outside the dry rub comfort zone and adds one more unique ingredient to the mix: red pepper flakes which kick the flavor factor up a notch.


¼ tsp cumin

½ tbsp salt

½ tsp black pepper, ground

¼ tsp chili powder

½ tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp lemon zest

1 tsp red pepper flakes


*Note: All ratios mentioned above season about ½ lb of uncooked meat.