Sliced Deer Jerky Recipes

Lazy Girl Deer Jerky

Now that deer season is here and we have been blessed with three deer so far I can finally add my top four deer jerky recipes to the blog along with photos. 

First thing is first, and regardless of what part of the deer you are going to make your deer jerky from, or if it’s sliced or ground jerky, please remove all sinew, fat, gristle and anything that isn’t beautiful red meat. It’s gross! It doesn’t look appealing and it affects the taste.

You can use whatever deer meat you have available, but the backstraps and the ham sections (pictured below), are the easiest to work with. Reason being is that the hams and backstraps allow you to cut more uniform pieces for the deer jerky.

Venison Ham for Jerky

It’s easier to cut the meat if it is placed in the freezer for maybe 20 minutes beforehand–just long enough for it to firm up.

Use disposable gloves to help you get a grip on the meat so you can make better cuts. It’s easier if you don’t accidentally buy gloves that are too large–as you can see, I have.

Cut the deer meat into 1/8 inch thick pieces/strips. The length is not really important.

Slicking venison ham for jerky

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl and then add the wet ingredients and mix well.

Spices and Liquids for Venison Jerky

Now line a large bowl with a gallon-sized freezer bag and place the deer jerky pieces into the bag and pour the liquid mixture over the meat.

Pour the mixture into the deer jerky bag

Move the deer meat around inside the bag and make sure all of the meat is fully covered with the liquids. Press the excess air out of the bag as best as you can, seal it, and refrigerate.

Venison Jerky Sealed in the Bag

Let it soak for at least 2-3 days–Yes, I said 2-3 days. The longer the meat soaks, the better the flavor. At least twice a day, get the soaking deer meat out of the refrigerator and mix it up. This helps to ensure that all of the pieces of deer meat are getting flavored.

When you’re ready to dehydrate, place a strainer in the sink and dump the deer meat into it and let it sit for a few minutes.

Draining Deer Jerky

While it’s draining, lay out a large piece of wax paper and cover it with two layers of paper towels and rip off several paper towels to use later.

Wax Paper and Paper Towels Venison Jerky

Now lay the strips of meat, one by one, on the paper towels in a single layer. Pat each piece dry with paper towels, but not too dry.

Patting the Venison Jerky

Don’t squeeze it out or anything–make sure you can still see some moisture.

Make sure the venison is not too dry

Place each piece in a single layer on the dehydrator trays. Do not overlap and please allow space between the pieces of meat so the heat and air can circulate well.

This is my first layer. Please continue as needed.

First layer of venison jerky

Dehydrator full of venison jerky

The dehydrator is full. Now I just have to put the top on, plug it up and wait!

All dehydrators have instructions of what temperature to use and it will tell you an estimated amount of time it will take. They are not all the same, so please read the instructions to your dehydrator.

I have an NESCO® brand dehydrator and I put it on the highest setting and it usually takes between 4-6 hours to get done.

How to tell when sliced deer jerky is done:

Take a piece of jerky out of the dehydrator and bend it.

  • If it bends only a little and then breaks, it’s done!
  • If it bends very easily or feels very moist, it’s not done.
  • If it doesn’t bend, but breaks, it’s overdone.

When the jerky is done, lay the slices on paper towels and let it stand for a couple hours so any remaining fat or oils can be absorbed. Then put it in a freezer bag and refrigerate it. If you make a lot, I would freeze the rest in vacuum seal bags.

Now that all of that is settled, here’s what you’ve been waiting for–my top four venison jerky recipes.

Lazy Girl Deer Jerky:

  • 4 lbs. of venison, sliced
  • 4 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. garlic salt
  • 4 tsp. Accent Flavor Enhancer
  • 4 tsp. onion powder
  • 4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup Heinz Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup soy sauce

Lazy Girl Deer Jerky Nutrition Facts

 Yields: 70 Slices  Serving: 2 Slices
Calories 42  Calories from fat 21
   % Daily Value*
Total Fat 1 g  1%
 Saturated Fat 0 g  0%
 Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
 Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
 Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg  0%
Sodium 600 mg  25%
Potassium 121 mg  3%
Total Carbohydrates 1 g  0%
 Dietary Fiber 0 g  0%
 Sugars 1 g
Protein 8 g  16%
  Vitamin A 0%
  Vitamin C 0%
  Calcium 0%
  Iron 1%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc. 

Hot Girl Deer Jerky:

  • 4 lbs. venison, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup Heinz Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic salt
  • 4 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. red crushed pepper or 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. light brown sugar

Hot Girl Deer Jerky Nutrition Facts

 Yields: 70 Slices  Serving: 2 Slices
Calories 50  Calories from fat 18
   % Daily Value*
Total Fat 1 g  1%
 Saturated Fat 0 g  0%
 Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
 Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
 Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg  0%
Sodium 861 mg  36%
Potassium 155 mg  4%
Total Carbohydrates 2 g  1%
 Dietary Fiber 0 g  0%
 Sugars 1 g
Protein 9 g  18%
  Vitamin A 0%
  Vitamin C 0%
  Calcium 0%
  Iron 2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc. 

Spicy Girl Deer Jerky:

  • 4 lbs venison, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. of liquid smoke
  • 2 1/2 cup Heinz Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. hot sauce – your favorite brand
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp tender quick salt

Spicy Girl Deer Jerky Nutrition Facts

 Yields: 70 Slices  Serving: 2 Slices
Calories 51  Calories from fat 18
   % Daily Value*
Total Fat 1 g  1%
 Saturated Fat 0 g  0%
 Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
 Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
 Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg  0%
Sodium 493 mg  21%
Potassium 129 mg  4%
Total Carbohydrates 3 g  1%
 Dietary Fiber 0 g  0%
 Sugars 1 g
Protein 8 g  18%
  Vitamin A 1%
  Vitamin C 0%
  Calcium 0%
  Iron 1%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc. 

Frisky Girl Deer Jerky:

  • 4 lbs. venison, sliced
  • 1 cup Heinz Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. hot sauce – your favorite brand
  • 2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 tsp. of ginger
  • 2 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. garlic salt
  • 4 Tbsp. light brown sugar

Frisky Girl Deer Jerky Nutrition Facts

 Yields: 70 Slices  Serving: 2 Slices
Calories 48  Calories from fat 19
   % Daily Value*
Total Fat 1 g  1%
 Saturated Fat 0 g  0%
 Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
 Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
 Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg  0%
Sodium 762 mg  32%
Potassium 136 mg  4%
Total Carbohydrates 2 g  1%
 Dietary Fiber 0 g  0%
 Sugars 1 g
Protein 9 g  17%
  Vitamin A 1%
  Vitamin C 0%
  Calcium 0%
  Iron 1%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc. 

The good, the bad and the delicious…

  • The above deer jerky recipes have no saturated fat or cholesterol. They also are a good source of protein.
  • It might be too high in sodium for those of you on a low-sodium diet. 

 To make these jerky recipes more diet-friendly…

  • To lower the sodium, use a salt alternative like NoSalt or Morton Salt Substitute, which contains no sodium.
  • Use raw garlic instead of using garlic salt. 3 cloves of garlic have only 2 mg sodium, which is 0% DV.
  • Use lower sodium sauces whenever possible. Some brands to check out would be Kikkoman®, Lea & Perrins® and Frenches®. You could also mix water in with the soy and Worchestershire sauce to make up the amount needed. 
  • Whatever changes you make, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at myfitnesspal.com or many other places online.

Keep in mind that making these changes will alter the taste, but it will still be good, especially if you are already practicing to a low-sodium diet.

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