Homemade Venison or Beef Jerky: DIY

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Every year if my boys get a deer or so besides making the ground burger, tenderloins, and stew, we make jerky. It is a favorite in our home; even my daughter looks forward to it.  We use a meat grinder and a dehydrator.  Also sliced or cubed beef could be marinated.

On the meat grinder, I first use the medium size plate, then run it through the small plate, so it is tender and lean.

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Homemade Venison or Beef Jerky: DIY
 
Homemade Venison or Beef Jerky: DIY Recipe Type : Snack Author: Roger Willis Here is our recipe that we use to make our ground jerky. This recipe is per pound so we usually do 5 pounds so we do it times 5 proportion wise.
Ingredients
  • 1# ground venison or ground beef
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp A1 Sweet Mesquite (or any other flavor you prefer: like Hickory etc)
Instructions
  1. If you need to grind your venison make sure you put it through twice to make it easier to squeeze out onto your trays.
  2. Take your 1# of ground venison or ground beef and put it in a bowl.
  3. Add your salt, sugar, and seasoning as I mentioned above or a seasoning of your choice.
  4. Mix by hand, kneading it into the meat to get it throughout your ground meat.
  5. Once you are done you can either put it in the fridge covered for the night OR fill up your 'gun'.
  6. Pack it as full as you can.
  7. Now pressing the gun you can go in strips or start at one side of the 'circle' and carefully squeeze it in a round pattern until you reach the middle or vice versa.
  8. The tray I showed was early on in the process and I did better as I went along.
  9. Our dehydrator has a meat selection on it, but if yours doesn't, then you can time it for 3-4 hours checking it periodically.
  10. You do not want it too hard, but done enough that it isn't 'soft' as it might not be dried through.
  11. I also rotate my trays taking the one from the bottom and putting it on top and rearranging your trays for even drying.
  12. You can also use your oven on a 200-250 setting but this will take you a lot longer and you will want to rotate them and turn them over.
  13. Once done and they have cooled we store them in open ziplock baggies which keeps them fresh but doesn't allow for them to stick together.

Enjoy your homemade venison jerky!

Homemade Venison or Beef Jerky

Ingredients

1# ground venison or ground beef
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp A1 Sweet Mesquite (or any other flavor you prefer: like Hickory etc)

Directions:

  1. If you need to grind your venison make sure you put it through twice to make it easier to squeeze out onto your trays.
  2. Take your 1# of ground venison or ground beef and put it in a bowl.
  3. Add your salt, sugar, and seasoning as I mentioned above or a seasoning of your choice.
  4. Mix by hand, kneading it into the meat to get it throughout your ground meat.
  5. Once you are done you can either put it in the fridge covered for the night OR fill up your ‘gun’.
    Pack it as full as you can.
  6. Now pressing the gun you can go in strips or start at one side of the ‘circle’ and carefully squeeze it in a round pattern until you reach the middle or vice versa.
  7. The tray I showed was early on in the process and I did better as I went along.
    Our dehydrator has a meat selection on it, but if yours doesn’t, then you can time it for 3-4 hours checking it periodically.
  8. You do not want it too hard but done enough that it isn’t ‘soft’ as it might not be dried through.
  9. I also rotate my trays taking the one from the bottom and putting it on top and rearranging your trays for even drying.
  10. You can also use your oven on a 200-250 setting but this will take you a lot longer and you will want to rotate them and turn them over.
  11. Once done and they have cooled we store them in open ziplock baggies which keeps them fresh but doesn’t allow for them to stick together.


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Wife, mother, grandma, blogger, all wrapped into one person, although it does not define her these are roles that are important to her. Entering into their 'empty nest' stage in life, Becky, and her husband Roger are learning to live with their youngest away at school more than not. Becky enjoys way too many TV programs but her favorites are normally criminal based or something to make her laugh. Keep an eye out because 2018 is going to be her year!

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Willie

Should i use some curing salt?

Veronica Lee
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Looks yummy! I pinned this!

Rosie
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Rosie

I have a dehydrator, but haven’t used it much. This looks soo good, I’d love to try it!

Julie Wood
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Julie Wood

I used to make my own beef jerky for years. My smoker is gone and I would have to get a new one, but this recipe is so easy!

Kimberly M.
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Kimberly M.

I make my own jerky too. I love it. I am not a big fan of venison but I do like venison jerky. My dehydrator isn’t working anymore. I will have to get a new one soon.