The pepper used in the marinating sauce for beef jerky is cracked or ground black pepper. Beef jerky is a snack food made from beef that has been marinated in a curing solution and then dried thoroughly.
Beef jerky has a long shelf life because of the way it is cured and preserved. It comes in a variety of flavors. Spicy or peppered beef is a popular choice, as are teriyaki, barbecue, hickory smoked and maple spiced beef. Other meats, such as turkey, can be used to make jerky.
The process of making beef jerky was invented by the Native Americans as a way to preserve meat for the winter months. They used a smoke-drying process.