Deer (Venison) Jerky

"I am a hunter and I love jerky. I came up with this recipe from about 3 others that I like."
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  • Take your meat to the local butcher and have it cut thin.
  • You can do this yourself by semi-freezing your meat then cut it into 1/4-inch strips.
  • Note: meat cut with the grain will be chewy, and against the grain will be tender.
  • Combine everything but the meat in a large bowl and stir well.
  • Marinate meat over night in the refrigerator, then drain.
  • To use a dehydrator place meat on racks, do not overlap, and let dry for 24-36 hours.
  • To use an oven, preheat to 150-degrees then place meat on cookie sheets without overlapping for 8-10 hours.
  • Turn at least once during drying.
  • They are ready when the jerky bends without breaking.
  • Let cool, seal tight, and refrigerate for long-term storage.

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  1. My husband got really lucky this year and shot three deer. So, I have an over abundance of venison in my freezer! When I saw this recipe I got super excited because my husband loves jerky and venison. Perfect! The only things I changed on this recipe were some of the ingredients. I'm Canadian and therefore have a healthy obsession with HP Sauce (it's a steak sauce from England). So, I used that instead of the A-1. I also used Johnny Red instead of Seagram's 7 for the whiskey because that's what I had on hand. I didn't have to cook the venison as long as it says (I believe I only baked it for about 6 1/2 hours). I also flipped the meat more then once and every time I turned it over I used a pastry brush to apply a mixture of the HP and Johnny Walker to make sure it didn't dry out too much and become shoe leather. My husband loved it and wants me to make it again after he eats it all. :)
  2. This is a great recipe, wonderful flavor. Everyone loved it. Here are a few suggestions. Cut the salt to 1/4 tsp. Also, do not double the recipe, it changes the flavor. I was preparing 2 lbs of meat so I doubled the recipe and also forgot to decrease the salt which made the jerky extremely salty and the flavor was diminished.
  3. first time making deer jerky and it turned out great I didn't let it marinate all night just for about an hour and it worked perfectly
  4. I made this recipe last week and it was disgusting. I had to spit it out. Others tried it and had that strange facial expression while chewing. This may seem like a good recipe, but it's costly and the end result is not worth it.
  5. We have used this recipe once before and we love it. A friend of ours gave us some deer meat and we don't really care for it alone, but we love it made into this jerky. The only thing I do differently is add more black pepper. Thank you for sharing with us, its a keeper in our house!


  1. I really want to give this recipe 5 stars but due to errors on my part, I will have to try again. First, my oven's lowest temp is 170. I subbed teriyaki sauce for the soy sauce (it's mostly soy sauce anyway) and did it during the evening. I set my alarm clock to check it at the 6 hour mark but woke up at the 10 hour mark. With all that, it smelled and tasted great but I had rocks, lol. My teen son ate it anyway and asked me to make it again but at less time. Looking forward to better results next time.
  2. Oh yes! Definitely a keeper! My husband wouldn't keep ME if I didn't keep this! lol. I did do some things different, some that seem healthier, and still made it superb. 1) I halved the salt to 1/4 tsp (you won't miss it, believe me!). 2) Instead of whiskey, I used coke, which made it marvelously tender. And 3) I ran out of A1 sauce, so I used BBQ, ketchup and mustard, and no one knew I'd done anything different. I used deer, elk, beef and antelope, and it all turned out great! Tell ya what, this is SO much better than the jerky you buy at the store!
  3. excellent recipe. I add Mrs. Dash and substitute the whiskey for red wine.


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