Sweet and Spicy Venison Jerky Recipe

One of my favorite combinations is creating venison jerky recipes that have a mixture of sweet and spicy ingredients. Mixing sweet flavors like maple syrup, brown sugar or honey with hot flavors like cayenne pepper, or black pepper creates venison jerky recipes with a little sweet and a little heat. When you are making venison jerky recipes, there is no rule book. I like to experiment with small batches of venison jerky so if it doesn’t turn out very well, I don’t waste much meat or ingredients. Here is a sweet and spicy venison jerky recipe that is easy to make and tastes great!

1 lb. of venison (steak works great)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons liquid smoke
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 cup worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup soy sauce

This particular sweet and spicy venison jerky recipes uses brown sugar, but you can experiment with other sweet components like maple syrup or honey.

For this venison jerky recipe, I use the following tried and true drying method that utilizes my home oven.

Pull the venison from the fridge and use a paper towel to pat the pieces dry. Place the pieces on the skewers leaving space between each piece. Hang the skewers with the venison pieces across the oven rack. On the rack directly under neath, use either a baking sheet or foil to catch any of the grease that will drip down.

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. This is a low and slow cooking process. Leave the door open just a bit. This process doesn’t cook the venison, it simply dries it into jerky. Leave the venison in the oven for 5-6 hours. check it periodically to make sure it isn’t cooking/sizzling. We just want to dry the venison not cook it.

After they are finished, remove them from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes. Remove the venison jerky from the skewers and store them in a glass jar or ziploc bags to stay fresh so you can enjoy.

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