Beer-Marinated Deer Jerky


Lean deer meat marinated in beer and spices to perfection overnight, then dehydrated. The jerky takes a while to make, but it is relatively easy, and well worth the wait. My whole family loves it and I bet yours will too.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
14 hrs
Total Time:
14 hrs 15 mins
16 servings


  • 2 pounds lean venison, cut into thin strips

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer (such as Budweiser®)

  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Removing all fat and gristle from venison.

  2. Mix venison with beer, soy sauce, Worcestershire, salt, garlic, curry powder, black pepper, and ginger together in a medium stainless steel bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight.

  3. Remove venison from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade.

  4. Place the meat on the racks of a dehydrator, so that there is room for the air to flow evenly over all of the pieces.

  5. Let dehydrate to desired consistency according to individual appliance instructions, 6 to 8 hours.

Cook's Note:

Your dehydrator may have other time specifications for jerky. If it does, follow the time recommendations for beef jerky.

Editor's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

78 Calories
1g Fat
3g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 78
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 991mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 214mg 5%

* 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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