Venison Jerky Dehydrator

One of the best was to make venison jerky recipes is to use a venison jerky dehydrator. Although other methods can be used to make venison jerky, a venison jerky dehydrator works the best. Excalibur makes some of the highest quality dehydrators out there. The Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator is the Cadillac of venison jerky dehydrators for making venison jerky recipes. This thing is a monster. It has a 9 trays for making a large batch of venison jerky which is a whopping 15 square feet of drying space. Other features include a built in on/off switch, adjustable thermostat and a convenient 26 hour timer. This thing was made to make awesome venison jerky recipes at home.

Easy Venison Jerky Marinade

This is a venison jerky marinade that is easy to prepare and tastes fantastic. This is one of my favorite wet brine venison jerky recipes.


2 pounds lean ground venison
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons mono sodium glutamate – MSG
1 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
2 teaspoons sugar-based curing mixture
1 1/2 teaspoons barbeque seasoning
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Venison Jerky Marinade Recipe Instructions

Combine ground venison, salt, msg, hot sauce, curing mixture, barbeque seasoning, water, liquid smoke, garlic powder, and pepper in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate the venison jerky mixture for 2 hours.

Using a food dehydrator line all of the trays with saran wrap. Gently pat the meat mixture into thin layers on the trays. Using the dehydrator instructions, dry the meat. Once the venison jerky is firm after 2 hours, remove it from the saran wrap and cut the venison jerky into strips and continue to dry the meat in the dehydrator until the meat is done drying, about 5 to 10 hours total depending on the type of dehydrator you are using to make the venison jerky recipe.

When the venison jerky recipe is complete, wipe any excess grease from the venison jerky strips and store in a glass jar or container. Storing in the refrigerator will help to jeep the venison jerky fresh.

Making Venison Jerky is a Great Family Project!

Making venison jerky can be a fun and fulfilling family project. And the best part is, you can eat the result! There are many venison jerky recipes located on the site and I urge you to try different recipes and methods to see what you like best. It is not an exact science and half the fun is trying different things. It may not always work, so when I am testing new venison jerky recipes, I tend to start with small batches. Venison is a rare commodity and I am lucky enough to live in an area that it is easy to obtain. I am however very careful with the product and treat it with care so I do not waste an ounce of the venison meat. It is fairly inexpensive to get started with this. You can use your home oven to make many of the venison jerky recipes on the site, or purchase a food dehydrator or smoker. Each method will result in different results. The main thing to keep in mind is to have fun when making venison jerky recipes!

Simple Venison Jerky Recipe

This is a simple venison jerky recipe that can be done using a food dehydrator if you have one or in your oven. You can adjust the ingredient amounts to make as much as you need. I often make a small batch and save the venison jerky marinade for future venison jerky recipes.


1 pound boneless venison roast
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon salt

Venison Jerky Recipe Instructions

Cut the meat into 1 inch wide and 1/8 inch thick pieces. I use a large freezer bag to combine the
soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, ketchup, pepper, garlic powder, onion salt and salt. Put the meat in the bag and seal it tightly. Refrigerate the bag overnight and flip it occasionally, to mix up the marinade and evenly cover the meat.

If you decide to use your oven to make the venison jerky, preheat to 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). I would place a pan on the bottom or line it with foil to catch any of the run off.

Place seasoned venison jerky strips on a rack so that they do not touch each other, and cook for 6 to 8 hours in the oven, or until desired consistency is achieved.

I also mentioned you can use a dehydrator for this venison jerky recipe. Please follow the manufacturers recommendations if you use that method to dry the venison.

Why make venison jerky recipes at home?

Why make venison jerky recipes at home?

Probably the number one reason that I make venison jerky at home is the cost.  Jerky is expensive.  Whether it be of the beef variety or more exotic meats like deer meat or ostrich, it is expensive.  With a little trial and error, you can be using venison jerky recipes at home to make your own high quality snacks.  And the best part is, you can make it anyway you want.  No rules apply here.  You can use the recipes on the site to get you started, but then you can change up the recipes to make some cool venison jerky recipe variations of your own.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.  I usually make the jerky in small batches when I am experimenting so I don’t waste that hard to come by venison meat.  Another tip is to use beef when testing your venison jerky recipes.  Beef has a similar flavor profile although not as gamey a flavor.  But odds are, if the jerky recipe you use works for beef, it will work for venison as well.  Visit our how to make venison jerky guide here to get started.  Here are a couple of cool products that can help you with the process.

Venison Jerky

Today I skipped the sharing a venison jerky recipe to share a few commercially produced alternatives you can buy online. It’s amazing what you can purchase online these days. Venison jerky is a product I have no problem ordering online. Think about it, like the venison jerky recipes we produce ourselves, the end product is cured and preserved. With shipping what it is these days you will have your venison jerky quickly anyway. Well, lets skip to the chase, here are a few venison jerky brands I have sampled in the last few months. I am partial to my own venison jerky recipes produced at home, but these brands provide a great alternative and save you all the work.

Wild Bills is my go to venison jerky when ordering online. It tastes great and I love the fact they come individually wrapped. this helps with the freshness of the product, packs easily and you can grab it quickly when running out the door.

I came across this variety pack of wild game jerky on Amazon a couple of months back and had to give it a try. While it does contain venison jerky, it also includes some other interesting jerky types like wild boar, antelope and even alligator. What an interesting and fun gift this would make!

Unlike the venison strips above, this variety is the stick variety. Like a slim jim. These tastey little devils pack quite a punch with spice and flavor. I would definitely recommend them and would order them again in a heartbeat.

You can try them yourself or send them to friends and family. Venison jerky is a unique gift, ships easily and most people love it. Some skeptics try venison jerky and come away with a different perspective. The marinade and curing process takes away any gamy taste that some wild game has. Do yourself a favor, order some venison jerky or send it as a gift!