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Balsamic Vinegar Deer Jerky

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This Balsamic Vinegar Deer Jerky tastes fantastic! I am a big fan of balsamic vinegar and thought that it would make some really good tasting jerky. I was right!

If you like balsamic vinegar, this is the jerky recipe for you. I love the flavor that the vinegar brings out in this venison jerky. Give it a try! | Jerkyholic.com


Venison Roast

This jerky was made out of the same roast that I made my Jimmy’s Teriyaki Deer Jerky recipe. That is also a great recipe! I started by slicing the roast into 1/4″ strips. 

Venison Roast Sliced

Partially freeze the meat to make it easier to slice even and consistent pieces. I marinated the meat for 20 hours and then drained in this colander. 

Balsamic Vinegar in Colander

I dried this jerky on my Excalibur Dehydrator. This jerky only took 3.5hrs to dry to my liking. I started it at 165F for 2.5 hours and then turned down to 145F for the remaining time.

Balsamic Vinegar on Dehydrator Trays

My buddy who also loves Balsmic Vinegar said that he could have used a little more in the recipe. I made it with 2 tbsp of vinegar, but you  might want to taste the marinade and add a little more to suit your taste. The 2 tbsp was perfect for me, just the right amount of sweetness!

Balsamic Vinegar Finished

For more in depth directions on how to dry your beef or deer jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below.

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Balsamic Vinegar Deer Jerky

This Balsamic Vinegar Deer Jerky tastes fantastic! I am a big fan of balsamic vinegar and thought that it would make some really good tasting jerky. I was right!
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours
Course: Snack
Cuisine: deer jerky
Keyword: vinegar deer jerky
Type: Game Jerky
Servings: 5
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Will


Lean Beef


  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Prague Powder #1 curing salt


  • Trim all visible fat from the venison and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  • While the meat is in the freezer, combine all the ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag and mix well.
  • Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain for an easy chew. Cut with the grain for a more chewy jerky.
  • Add sliced venison to the mixture in a ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander.
  • Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator and dried for 2½ hours at 165F & 1 hour at 145F.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 318mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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    • Will says:

      I haven’t made it with beef yet, but I would assume it would turn out really well. Most recipes work great for both venison and beef. I would definitely give it a shot!

  1. Bruce says:

    Just want to sing out our appreciation, and thanks to you for opening the door to new experiences with our favorite snack. There are several on your list I plan to try. Thanks, Will.

    This one, without venison, is my next adventure. Well, after we do some rafting and hot air ballooning in N Central Washington next week. Finished and bagged the Teriyaki II recipe this afternoon. We are looking for a recipe that meets a need for low salt (me), and sweet teriyaki (spouse of 39 years). But everything looks good!

    You be good to your beautiful partner!

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