Venison Jerky


This is the best jerky recipe I have found! You can use either ground venison or beef!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 25 mins
1 pound


  • 2 pounds lean ground venison or beef

  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons monosodium glutamate (MSG)

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

  • 2 teaspoons sugar-based curing mixture (such as Morton® Tender Quick®)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons barbeque seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons water

  • 2 teaspoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground venison, salt, MSG, hot sauce, curing mixture, barbeque seasoning, water, liquid smoke, garlic powder, and pepper; mix thoroughly. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

  2. Line food dehydrator trays with plastic wrap. Pat meat mixture into a very thin layer on the trays. Place in dehydrator set according to manufacturers directions. Once the meat has firmed up, after about the first 2 hours, remove it from the plastic, cut into strips, and replace onto the racks. Continue until the meat is done drying, about 5 to 10 hours total depending on machine.

  3. When finished, blot off any grease with a paper towel. Store in the refrigerator in a jar with a tight fitting lid.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

81 Calories
2g Fat
0g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 81
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 895mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 200mg 4%

* 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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