|marinating strip meat|
Now everyone has their favorite jerky recipe or flavor. Some people like it flat, some like it round. Some like it made with burger, some like it made with steak strips. Some like it smokey, others like it salty. I have even had some that is marinated in red wine. Point is there are a thousand different ways you can make your own jerky. Our family has been using this recipe for years and I have found it to be one of the best I have had.. I am going to share this with you as well as the marinade recipe I used for the strip meat.
This burger recipe is fairly easy, the flavors gets distributed well and it is not as tough as others when done.
Start with 5 lbs. of deer burger
I mix all the spices together in a bowl and then add them to the meat gradually to help make sure it gets distributed evenly though out the meat and that there are no parts that have an abundance of any one spice in it.
For the spices you will need
2 tsp meat tenderizer (Morton's tender quick works)
6 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
2 TBSP Black pepper
1 tsp red pepper (cayenne)
1 tsp ground marjoram
3 tsp Accent
2 TBSP Seasoned salt
You will also need 2 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce
Put the burger in a large mixing bowl
Sprinkle top liberally with spice mixture and a bit of the W sauce
Mix this well will your hands
flop the meat over in the bowl and sprinkle with spice mix again
flop again, add more spice, mix and repeat until spice mix and W sauce are both thoroughly distributed through out the entire 5 lbs.
|jerky and seasonings mixed|
You can make it immediately or let sit in refrigerator for up to 24 hours
If you have a Jerky gun, add meat and press out into either strips or rope, whichever you prefer,
onto a dehydrator. Times for drying will vary depending on your dehydrator so dry accordingly.
The one we have without a fan can take up to 4 days to dry while the one with a fan can get it done in less than a day.
While we have the meat in the dehydrator or oven we always baste it with a solution of 1 part liquid smoke 1 part water. We like the hickory liquid smoke over the mesquite. I use a silicone basting brush. I rotate the trays every hour or so and baste the one I move from bottom to top with the mixture. This gives them a good 3-4 coats of the mixture.
For the strip jerky, I used about 2 pounds of meat and marinated it with
2 TBSP soy sauce
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 TBSP brown sugar
I let this marinate for 24 hours before adding to the dehydrator.
You can swap out or add any ingredients you like, I prefer more salt and maybe a little cayenne pepper, but the boys don't. So this is the recipe I used this time.
This Jerky is so good it is almost addicting!! Enjoy!!