Sweet 'n' spicy venison jerky

    Sweet 'n' spicy venison jerky


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    About this recipe: If you love beef jerky, you will love this venison version. Marinated strips of venison are dried in a food dehydrator until done. Enjoy as a snack anytime of the day.

    Serves: 8 

    • 110g dark brown soft sugar
    • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon onion powder
    • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 3 tablespoons liquid smoke flavouring
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
    • 125ml Worcestershire sauce
    • 125ml teriyaki sauce
    • 75ml soy sauce
    • 450g venison, cut into 5mm strips

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:4hr  ›  Extra time:1day marinating  ›  Ready in:1day4hr15min 

    1. Whisk together the sugar, black pepper, onion powder, garlic salt, lemon juice, liquid smoke, paprika, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, teriyaki sauce and soy sauce in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add the venison strips and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with cling film and marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Mix the venison a few times as it marinates to ensure even absorption of the marinade.
    2. Remove the venison strips from the marinade and squeeze off excess. Discard the remaining marinade. Arrange the venison on the racks of a food dehydrator so that they do not overlap.
    3. Dry the venison on High until dry but still pliable, about 4 hours. The jerky should bend without breaking. Store the jerky in an airtight container or in a resealable plastic bag.

    Alternative cooking methods

    If you don't have a food dehydrator, place the venison strips in a 70 C / Gas 1/4 oven for 6 to 8 hours.


    Liquid smoke flavouring can be purchased in speciality shops or online.

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