How to make homemade jerky with Death Wish Coffee

Prep - 10 Minutes Cook - 5 Hour 4-6 servings
Beef Jerky , Coffee-infused recipes
Snacks American

Smokin' Death Beef Jerky Recipe

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

Traeger knows grills just like Death Wish knows coffee. Put them together, and voila – you get what shall be now known as “Smokin’ Death Beef Jerky.”

When we found this 5 star recipe, we knew we had to try it with our own caffeinated twist, giving it a unique taste that you'll enjoy all summer long.

Get that grill fired up, because we are going in with this modified solid 5 star recipe that have everyone cheering and beering the badass pitmaster all summer long. No shiggin’ needed with this meat candy secret. The full recipe can be found below.

Photo source: Traeger's Coffee Break Jerky.


  • 1

    Disclaimer: This recipe requires marinating time overnight.

    In a mixing bowl, combine the coffee, cola, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, curing salt (if using), pepper, and hot sauce.

  • 2

    With a sharp knife, slice the beef into 1/4-inch thick slices against the grain. (This is easier if the meat is partially frozen.)

  • 3

    Trim any fat or connective tissue.

  • 4

    Put the beef slices in a large resealable plastic bag.

  • 5

    Pour the marinade mixture over the beef and massage the bag so that all the slices get coated with the marinade.

  • 6

    Seal the bag and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight.

  • 7

    Remove the beef from the marinade and discard the marinade.

  • 8

    Dry the beef slices between paper towels. Arrange the meat in a single layer directly on the grill grate.

  • 9

    Smoke for 4 to 5 hours, or until the jerky is dry but still chewy and somewhat pliant when you bend a piece.

  • 10

    Transfer to a resealable plastic bag while the jerky's still warm.

  • 11

    Let the jerky rest for an hour at room temperature.

  • 12

    Squeeze any air from the bag and refrigerate the jerky. It will keep for several weeks.


  • 1 CUP brewed Death Wish Coffee, cold
  • 1 CUP Coke
  • 1/2 CUP Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 CUP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 CUP Brown Sugar
  • 1 TBSP Morton Tender Quick Curing Salt (OPTIONAL)
  • 1-1/2 TSP. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 TBSP Hot Sauce
  • 2 LBS Trimmed Beef Top or Bottom Round, Sirloin Tip, or Flank Steak


If time allows, let your meat marinate overnight for a better flavor!