Venison Jerky

I spend a lot of time living out of a daypack or backpack. When I’m not out hunting, I am often
backpacking, goat packing, or hiking. On these outings, it is important to have some snacks
along that are lightweight and nutritious. Jerky is a perfect snack to fit the bill. It is easy to
make your own jerky and in my opinion, it is better than the store bought versions. This recipe
can be made with venison, elk, or beef. Enjoy!
1 lb. venison roast
¼ c. brown sugar
4 tbsp. soy sauce
4 tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
2 tbsp. liquid smoke
1 tbsp. ketchup
¼ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. onion salt
½ tsp. salt
Slice meat into long strips, 1 inch wide and 1/8 inch thick. In a large ziplock bag, combine
remaining ingredients. Place meat in bag and seal. Knead to distribute marinade. Refrigerate
overnight and knead occasionally.
Jerky can be dried in either the oven or food dehydrator. In oven, preheat oven to 160 degrees
F. Place a pan on bottom of oven to catch drips. Place meat strips on rack so they do not touch
each other. Dry in oven for 6-8 hours or until desired consistency is achieved.
In food dehydrator, set temperature to 145-150 degrees F or follow manufacturer instructions.
Lightly oil dehydrator trays. Place meat in a single layer on trays so strips do not touch. It can
take from 2-12 hours or more to dry, depending on the thickness of the meat and your
dehydrator. Check often until meat reaches desired consistency. Jerky is done when the meat is
dark and still pliable.
Store jerky in ziplock bag. Can be refrigerated or frozen as well.
1.Preheat oven to 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Place a pan on the bottom of oven to catch drips, or line with
aluminum foil.
2.Place meat strips on a rack so that they do not touch each other, and dehydrate for 6 to 8 hours in the oven,
or until desired consistency is achieved

May 23, 2013 | Category: Blog, Recipes | Comments: 3


3 comments on “Venison Jerky

  1. Tom Payton

    Awesome ! Gonna give it a try!

  2. Renee Anderson

    I never thought to add ketchup! I can’t wait to try this-thanks for the recipe!!!

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