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Venison Jerky Recipe

venison jerky recipe

As a professional writer, I love sharing my favorite recipes with readers. One recipe that I always come back to is venison jerky. It's a delicious and nutritious snack that's perfect for camping trips, hiking adventures, or just as a healthy snack throughout the day. In this article, I'll be sharing my favorite venison jerky recipe along with tips and tricks for making the perfect batch every time.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4-6 hours
  • Total Time: 4-6 hours
  • Recipe Category: Snack
  • Recipe Cuisine: American
  • Aggregate Rating: 4.5/5


  • 1 pound venison
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


  1. Trim any excess fat from the venison and slice into thin strips.
  2. In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and paprika. Mix well.
  3. Add the venison strips to the marinade and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 175°F (80°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Remove the venison strips from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Arrange the venison strips on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each strip.
  7. Bake the venison jerky for 4-6 hours, or until it's dry and chewy. Check the jerky every hour and remove any pieces that have dried out completely.
  8. Once the jerky is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Nutrition Table

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Recipes FAQ

  • Q: Can I use beef instead of venison?
  • A: Yes, you can use beef instead of venison. Just make sure to use a lean cut of beef and slice it thinly.

  • Q: Can I add more spices to the marinade?
  • A: Yes, you can adjust the spices to your liking. Just keep in mind that the marinade should be balanced and not too overpowering.

  • Q: Can I use a dehydrator instead of the oven?
  • A: Yes, you can use a dehydrator instead of the oven. Just follow the manufacturer's instructions for drying meat.

  • Q: How long does venison jerky last?
  • A: Venison jerky can last up to 2 months if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

  • Q: How thick should I slice the venison?
  • A: The venison should be sliced thinly, about 1/8 inch thick.

  • Q: Can I freeze venison jerky?
  • A: Yes, you can freeze venison jerky for up to 6 months.

Recipes Tips

If you're new to making jerky, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Use lean meat: Jerky is best made with lean meat to prevent it from becoming too greasy or fatty.

2. Slice the meat thinly: The thinner the meat, the faster it will dry and the more flavorful it will be.

3. Marinate overnight: For the best flavor, marinate the meat overnight.

With these tips and my favorite venison jerky recipe, you'll be able to make delicious and healthy jerky that's perfect for any occasion. Enjoy!