Don’t be afraid to try other meats in any basic Jerky Recipes, such as alligator, kangaroo, turkey, salmon or tuna.
Homemade jerky is easy to make and delicious as well. You’ll need the ingredients to make the jerky
(following the recipe of your choice)
Jerky with Venison
1 pound of lean ground venison
Salt to taste
A dash each of white pepper and cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon or so of garlic powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 heaping Tablespoons of brown sugar
1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
Optional: 2 teaspoons cure
Mix together all of the spices and the ground venison until well blended. Using two sheets of wax paper or plastic wrap, roll out the meat mixture until it is about 1/8-inch thick. Cut the meat into 4 to 6-inch long and 1-inch wide strips with a butter knife. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees. Place the strips on a broiling pan or rack and dry in the oven (prop the oven door open about three inches), for about ten hours, making sure to turn the meat after two hours. Check the jerky once in a while and remove any oil beads appear by blotting with a paper towel. The finished jerky should be chewy, but not brittle or mushy.
Ostrich meat is fantastic made into jerky and very healthy as well.
2 pounds ostrich meat, sliced very thin
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup honey
4 to 6 minced garlic cloves
1 heaping Tablespoon of grated ginger
1½ Tablespoons red pepper flakes
A teaspoon each of sesame oil, Worcestershire sauce, and onion powder
A dash of liquid smoke
Prior to slicing the meat, freeze it just until it is firm, but not completely frozen. Slice into ¼-inch slices. Mix together thoroughly the remaining ingredients and pour over the meat. Marinate it overnight and bake in a low temperature oven until done. This recipe yields about two pounds.
Homemade Emu Jerky (Spicy!)
2 pounds of emu meat, sliced into ½-inch thick strips
4 Tablespoons black pepper, ground
1 cup soy sauce (plus another teaspoon)
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon each of Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce
For the marinade, combine the black pepper, soy sauce, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce. Pour the mixed marinade over the emu meat, cover, and marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Using your outdoor smoker, lightly oil the grate and set it for a low heat. Lay the meat strips evenly and separately on the grill and smoke over the lowest heat possible for anywhere between 6 to 8 hours. You’ll know it is done when the edges appear dry and there is just a bit of moisture in the middle of the strips. Let it cool and enjoy!
Don’t be afraid to try other meats in any basic jerky recipe, such as alligator, kangaroo, turkey, salmon or tuna. They all taste great and are easy to make in the comfort of your own home using your oven or an outdoor smoker
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