Sweet and Spicy Venison Jerky


This super tasty venison jerky is sweet, smoky, and spicy.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 4 hrs 15 mins


  • ½ cup teriyaki sauce

  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • cup soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

  • 1 pound venison, cut into 1/4 thick strips


  1. Whisk teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, soy sauce, liquid smoke, pepper, onion powder, garlic salt, lemon juice, paprika, and hot pepper sauce together in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add venison strips and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours, stirring it a few times as it marinates to ensure even absorption of marinade.

  2. Remove venison strips from marinade and squeeze off excess. Discard remaining marinade. Arrange venison on the racks of a food dehydrator in a single layer.

  3. Dry venison on High until dry but still pliable, about 4 hours. Jerky should bend without breaking. Store jerky in an airtight container or in a resealable plastic bag.

Oven Option:

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Place a pan or aluminum foil on the oven floor to catch drippings. Arrange venison on a wire rack in a single layer and dehydrate in the preheated oven until desired texture is achieved, 6 to 8 hours.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

208 Calories
7g Fat
22g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 208
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 2186mg 95%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 429mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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