Free Venison Jerky Recipes

We all like free stuff. And these free venison jerky recipes are yours for the taking. You'll find recipes for sliced, marinated jerky to a ground venison jerky recipe that includes apple cider and cinnamon! You might even find a recipe or two for deer snack sticks.

Making Venison Jerky

Before you start creating some of these fine venison jerky recipes, you may be new to the game and would like a little guidance. You'll find these instructional pages helpful. But if you already know how to do it, skip on down to the free venison jerky recipes.

How To Make Sliced Venison Jerky This page explains how to convert large pieces of venison into slices that will absorb seasonings well and dry evenly in the dehydrator. Learn the best way to slice it, how to marinate and season it, and then how to dry it in a food dehydrator or an oven.

How To Make Ground Venison Jerky Here you'll learn how to use your deer burger and turn it into tasty deer jerky. When making jerky from ground meat, it's important to add ingredients in the correct order. The salt and curing mix go in first, and the meat rests in the fridge for a couple of days. After the ground venison has cured, the flavorings are added, the meat is formed into the desired shape and it's dried.


How To Dry Deer Jerky explains in detail how to dry jerky in a dehydrator or in the oven. The perfect drying temperature for jerky is revealed here, along with a good description of how to tell when the jerky is dried to perfection.


Free Venison Jerky Recipes

Family Heritage

Here are a couple of recipes that have been used by members of my family through the years.

Sweet Soy and Garlic Jerky
This recipe is sweet, rich and flavorful. This one was my Uncle's favorite recipe for sliced jerky. To make it, here's what you need:

5 pounds sliced venison strips
1 tablespoon canning salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Tender Quick® curing mix
1 cup good quality soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Combine all ingredients (except for venison), making sure the salt and sugar are completely dissolved. Add the sliced venison to the marinade and soak for two days, stirring twice each day. Drain off the excess liquid and dehydrate until done.


Grampa's Favorite Jerky
My grandfather was a hard working farmer that lived a simple life. His jerky recipe reflected that attitude. It's a simple but tasty jerky. Here it is...

5 pounds sliced deer meat
2 tablespoons salt
4 beef boullion cubes
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups water (his came from the spring at the back of the place)

Dissolve the boullion cubes in the water. Combine with the salt, sauce, and pepper. Marinate the deer strips in the liquid for three days (in the fridge). Drain well, then dry in the oven (his way) or in your dehydrator.


More Free Venison Jerky Recipes

Here are a couple of jerky recipes I enjoy from time to time.

Applejack Jerky

This recipe is made from ground venison, and is flavored with apple cider and a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. It's an interesting combination, to say the least. Try a one pound batch first to see if you like it.

1 pound ground venison
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/3 teaspoon Tender Quick®
1/3 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
one pinch of cinnamon

Combine the salt and Tender Quick® with the ground venison, mixing well. Refrigerate for two days, mixing twice a day. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well one last time. Form it with a jerky shooter and dehydrate until done.


Hot Stix

This one is a snack stick recipe that carries a bit of heat. It will warm you on a cold day, you can be sure of that. For this recipe, you'll need...

3 pounds ground venison
1 tablespoon canning salt
1 teaspoon Tender Quick®
1/4 cup red wine
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons powdered red pepper
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Combine all ingredients with the venison, mixing thoroughly. Refrigerate the mixture one day, then form with a jerky shooter into long rounds on your dehydrator tray. Dry until done. Enjoy the warmth!


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