Venison jerky recipes to save your extra deer meat
What is venison?
One of the most popular jerkies is venison jerky. Although most people think of deer when they think of venison, the word used to describe deer, rabbit, wild pigs, and other animals that were hunted. Nowadays, it's usually just deer.
There are a few common ways to eat deer meat. People like to eat deer meat as steaks, roasts, sausages, burgers, and of course, jerky. The meat is typically lower in fat than beef, which means a couple of things. One, it's a healthier meat to eat. Two, it makes making jerky a lot easier since there's less fat to trim.
While all jerky recipes can be adjusted to use any kind of meat, venison has a more gamey taste, making it more suitable for recipes with strong flavors.
Basic Deer Jerky
- 2 lbs. Venison
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Spices (your choice: chili powder, garlic powder, allspice, etc.)
- Start off by freezing the meat to make it easier to slice.
- Slice the meat along the grain. 1 inch wide and 6 inches long is my preference.
- Marinate overnight.
- Place the strips of deer in your dehydrator.
- Drying times vary depending on your machine, but on an Excalibur, it's about 6 hours at 155 F.
Ground Deer Jerky
For a special jerky, try it with ground deer meat. Sometimes, you might see ground venison on sale, and if you do, buy it up. Otherwise, you'll need to grind the meat yourself. When you do this, be sure to add salt and seasonings. Then, let the meat rest for a day in the refrigerator.
- It's easiest to form the ground meat into round patties. You can use your hands, or a jerky gun.
- Then, simply place the meat in your dehydrator.
- Dry at 155 F for 6-24 hours, depending on your dehydrator.
Why make venison jerky?
Like all fresh meats, they don't have a very long shelf life. Removing all the water from the food will preserve it though. That's why jerky is such a great way to prepare venison. It's not always possible to finish all the meat before it spoils, so making jerky is a great way to save the extra meat. So take the old dehydrator out of the cabinets and start making venison jerky at home.