Hickory Venison Jerky Recipe

This is another venison jerky recipe that utilizes liquid smoke to infuse flavor into your venison jerky. This is similar to the mesquite venison jerky recipe we listed a while back. If you don’t have access to a smoker to make venison jerky, this is a great alternative. If you do have a smoker, you can omit the liquid smoke concentrate from this recipe and put hickory chips in your smoker and start the venison jerky there. Once you smoke the venison jerky you can move it to your oven or dehydrator to finish the process.

This recipe uses hickory flavored liquid smoke concentrate to give your venison jerky another layer of flavor. If you like it to have a sweet component you can add in brown sugar as listed below. If not, simply omit that from the recipe.

1 pound venison steak, cut into 1/4 inch strips
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons hickory flavored liquid smoke concentrate

1 tablespoon ground paprika
3 cloves garlic minced
1/4 teaspoon salt

Add all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and add in the venison steak. Marinate the venison for 12-24 hours and use your favorite jerky drying method.

Although this venison jerky recipe uses hickory for the smoke flavoring, there are several other options available, like mesquite for example. Have fun with it and experiment with different flavoring options.

Best Way to Make Venison Jerky

The best way to make venison jerky recipes is purely preference. You can use recipes from this site or others around the web, mix up the ingredients and use your own home oven to dry the venison. I have made venison jerky in a oven dozens of times and once you dial in the cooking time and temperature for the oven, it works great. The important thing is not to cook the venison jerky too quickly. The process making venison jerky is more about drying the meat, not cooking the meat. You may want to utilize a food dehydrator like the one in this article from the site.

Some Great Venison Jerky Recipes to get you started:
Ground Venison Jerky Recipe
Mesquite Venison Jerky Recipe
Sweet and Spicy Venison Jerky Recipe
Teriyaki Venison Jerky Recipe

While the oven method works great for venison steak strips, making venison jerky in a dehydrator seems to work best when using ground venison meat. You can mix the meat up, use a jerky cannon if you have one and place the meat on the dehydrator trays. The good thing about using a food dehydrator to make venison jerky is you can set it and forget it. Follow the manufacturers instructions for cooking time and what temperature to use and you will be off and running.

The best method I have found is to start the venison jerky in a smoker to infuse another layer of flavor. If the venison jerky recipe calls for liquid smoke, and I am making venison jerky in a smoker, I typically omit that ingredient and rely on the wood chips I am using to give it flavor. I use venison steak for this process. I choose one of my favorite venison jerky recipes, mix the ingredients, marinate the meat, start it on a low temp in the smoker for a few hours, and then transfer the smoked venison jerky to either the oven or to a dehydrator to finish the drying process. Obviously this method is time consuming, but I can tell you, it creates the best venison jerky I have had to date.

Whatever method you choose to make venison jerky, just remember to have fun with it. Experiment with both ingredients and the cooking/drying process and enjoy the results!