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How to Make Venison Jerky

Updated on August 30, 2013

Many deer hunters run out of ideas as to what to do with all their deer meat. They often grill or fry the loins and have the shoulders and hams processed into sausage or burgers. You may never get tired of these types of venison, but in case you don, don't overlook another option - deer jerky. Jerky is a great way to use the fore and hindquarters, and it makes a delicious, high-protein snack that needs no refrigeration. Because of its easy portability, it's great for taking along while you're deer hunting for more meat!

Following are two easy recipes for deer jerky:

Teriyaki-Flavored Jerky

Trim any fat and fascia from 5 pounds of venison and cut it into 1/4-inch thick strips, slicing against the grain. Mix together 1/8 cup vegetable oil, 2 cups teriyaki, 2 tablespoons finely minced garlic, 1 tablespoon black pepper, and 4 teaspoons season salt. Place meat strips in large ziplocs and cover with marinade, removing as much air from the bag as possible. Refrigerate for 12-24 hours. Remove strips from bag, shaking off marinade, and place on foil-lined baking sheets. Bake at 200 for about 5 hours.

Smoke-Flavored Jerky

Follow first step from above. For marinade, mix 1/8 cup of oil, 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke, 4 teaspoons garlic salt, 2 cups worcetershire sauce, 1 tablespoon onion powder, and 2 tablespoons black pepper. Marinate strips overnight, and place on baking sheets. Bake for 5 hours at 200 degrees.

Note: Ovens vary. Check your strips after 4 hours. If the strips are not dry after 5 hours of baking, continue baking, checking them every 15-20 minutes.

Once your jerky strips are done cooking and are approproately dried, store them in airtight containers.

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Venison makes excellent jerky!
Venison makes excellent jerky!

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      lindsie 

      7 years ago

      What keeps it from going bad since there is no cure??

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      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Terri, I'm sorry, I've never made jerky from burger. How does it hold together?

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      Terri 

      9 years ago

      My question is this....I'm making deer jerky. This is the first time that I have used burger instead of steaks. I had my deer processed. They added fat to it. I dehydrated it in the dehydrater. It is a bit greasy. Probably because of the fat that was added. Because it was burger, do I need to refrigerate it after it is jerky? Or can I just store it in a bag? Also the recipe on the flavoring packet didn't say to refrigerate it overnight before making it into jerky so I didn't. I did put the cure in it. Is it necessary to cure overnight? I don't want it to make me and my family sick. Does anyone know?

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      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Good idea, Granny. Thanks!

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      Granny's House 

      9 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I hang it on tooth picks in the oven.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I love the deer sausage! We always had some pork mixed with it to give it a little fat.

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      Butch45 

      9 years ago

      Hi I like this hub also you can make any kind of sausage from venison where I live we have a sausage factory that will do deer ,elk or moose and the kids love the jerky.

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