Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
crothmeier

First Time Making Jerky

Recommended Posts

Im going to attempt to make jerkey out of the venison hamburger i have. What are some reccomendations on brand/flavors of seasoning packets to use before i go out blindly and pick one?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have used the High Mountain stuff and have liked it. I started with the pepper blend and liked it. 2 batches so far. On batch #2 I added some additional fresh coarse-ground pepper to heat it up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can buy a variety pack at many stores too. Then you can find out which flavor you like the best. I like to add some liquid smoke to some of the pepper blends, and some pepper to the hickory blends.

If you have straight ground venison use that. If it aready has fat added you will need to blot the jerky dry in it's final moments of dehydrating. smile Good luck and good eatin'!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
If you are going with name-brands and not homemade recipes, I would suggest getting one of those sampler packets when starting out. I used the Hi-Mountain brand and it came in 5 different flavors. My group liked the cracked pepper and garlic the best and the original after that. What's nice about getting the sampler pack is that you get to try a whole range of flavors for minimal $$$, and you're not stuck with something that makes jerky for 25 lbs. of meat if you don't like it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used to make my own and started with the recipe that came with my old Ronco Food Dehydrator(no snickering please lol).

Now when i make jerky I use a mix cuz im just plain ol lazzzzzyy

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So im going to use the Hi Mountain seasoning, I found them on the web and found a place to buy it, I do not have a dehydrator, so I will be making this in my regular stove/oven.

From what I have heard and read, I put my strips in for around 6 hours at 160 degrees. Some have said I can put them on a cookie sheet, others reccomend the screen thing. What have you guys done as far as cooking temp/time and what to place on?

My venison burger has some beef added to it, but it is still extremely lean.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have tried many different brands of seasoning and found that I like the backwoods seasoning the best. I use it in both hickory and mesquite. Both taste great. I also made some pepper jerky in the cabelas brand last time. I was very happy with the way that turned out as well.

I have a big dehydrator, I keep the temp at 155 degrees. It has hot spots, so some jerky is done in 4 hours and some in 8 hours. The bulk is done in about 6 hours though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you get the HM seasoning it will say in there not to use a sheet, plus they have excellent instructions.

I always use my oven, and a couple of screens. I turn the oven down as low as it goes...I can't remember off hand what it is, somewhere around 170-165. I also crack the door open just a little with a little ball of tinfoil to give the moisture a place to escape. It does take a few hours, but I don't think I've ever gone 6 before. It seems, for my preference, I go an hour or so after the recommended time in the HM directions. I like mine a little drier, I guess. Keep checking until it's done how you like it.

Oh yeah, you can take that bottom oven rack and put a layer of tinfoil over it and slide it in the bottom slot in your oven. It'll make clean up a lot easier if you happen to have any drippage. And it sounds like you will if you have some beef mixed in there. Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I second the Backwoods stuff very good. I also shredd some cheese if doing ground meat and add to the mixture makes for some good eating. some of the cheese bubbles out but really doesnt matter to me or anyone who has eatin it. If done in the oven watch the temp your not cookng the meat just dehydrating.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well i made 3 flavors, i had 14lbs of burger. Took me all weekend! Went with the original, the peppered, and the hickory smoked. I like the hickory smoked and the peppered the best. The first batch i did i was unsure of how done it was but the batches after that turned out just right. I learned to crack the oven door with tinfoil & cover the bottom of the oven(thanks 89bronco) I cooked at 200 for about 2 hours, pulled it out at 1-1/2 hours to dab it dry with paper towels and put back in for another 1/2. that seemed to work well

Thanks everyone for the info!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • It reminds me if the first year I took my son turkey hunting.  He had several close calls but didn't get a bird.  He was upset.  I said, "Why are you upset?  We got to hunt together for several days and had several exciting encounters.  If you shot one the first day we would have missed all that fun together"  He thought about it for a while and he smiled.  The older I get, the less its about the kill.  Reframing what I thought success was has added to my hunts.  Now, if I could get less upset when I miss a bird I'd have it all figured out.  
    • You got it, Borch!  I was disappointed with how the season ended, but you're definitely right!  I also learned a trick this year- cards!  Morgan really enjoyed playing cards with me in the blind.  It was a good way to pass the time and we enjoyed it quite a bit.  We had a great season together and enjoyed it a ton!     That last encounter we had was really something!  I'm convinced the worst thing birds can do to a bowhunter is to come in to the deeks is stand there and stare.  I'd rather they hung up and didn't come in or did pretty much anything but that.  It makes it virtually impossible to get a bow drawn!  The turkey was at about 5 yards, because I knew we I needed one close for Morgan.  However, at five yards and staring directly in the direction of the blind, she was smart to not try to draw.  That dang bird stood there for two full minutes and didn't move a muscle.  Morgan had a smile from ear to ear and at one point told me "I was so excited and my heart was pounding so hard I thought I might die!"     It would have been a slam dunk with her crossbow, but she wanted to get one with a vertical bow.  I'm proud of her for sticking with it and she said "I'm just fine with not shooting one, Dad."  I'm glad she's ok with that.  I wish I was more ok with it...  but, that's hunting!  
    • Sounds like he is going to bring "fire" to the team haha.  Hoping he can come up with something to do with all the aging players who aren't living up to their contracts.     Also heard that Coyle played the last 2 months with torn ligaments in his wrists.  Going in for surgery.  Kind of an eye opener really, Coyle with torn wrist ligaments is better than anything they could've moved up that is healthy?  Uh oh....
    • Hey, it's all good. Morgan and you spending time together in the outdoors and getting a close encounter is what it's all about.     Sometimes the birds win and we simply run out of time.
    • Try going over to this thread. Rock & Edibles-Agates-Fossils-Artifacts-Mushrooms-Ginseng-Gems-etc. There is some discussion taking place under Morels' 2018 already.
    • Guys and Gals, I have searched high and low and have found none at all this spring.  Anyone have an success.  I am guessing it is too dry.  Will they still pop?  Any advise? "Set the Hook", Flash  
    • Wow, my spots are way behind this year. Had hoped to find a bunch before this coming long weekend for a big family Walleye and Morel fry but have only found 5 small grays so far. Just not seeing the ground cover growing very much yet and have saw no other types of mushrooms which seem to grow first pop up yet. This is a very late year so far.