Bugling Elk Jerky is a great tasting sweet and salty jerky that will not disappoint! Didn't harvest an Elk this year? No worries, make with beef or venison too!
I sliced up this elk roast that I got from a buddy at work. Bugling Elk Jerky is one of the recipes I made with this roast. Why did I call it bugling elk jerky? I remember camping with my wife in Yellowstone and hearing the elk bugling throughout the night. It was amazing, and I thought the name just fit...
I sliced this roast with my Weston Jerky Slicer into perfect jerky slices. You don't need a jerky slicer; but if you are going to start making a bunch of jerky, it makes it sooooooo much easier to get even strips!
This recipe is a VERY easy one to make. With only 2 ingredients, 3 if you add curing salt, it's an easy recipe to make that comes out tasting fantastic! I like using pre-made marinades when I am feeling a little lazy... Ha.
After marinating for 16 hours, the meat was drained in a colander and patted dry with paper towels. I made this recipe while I was at work, so I filled up the drying racks on my Nesco Dehydrator.
Just look at those great looking jerky strips about to turn into some amazing tasting elk jerky! These took 4 hours at 160°F to finish with a perfect texture. Drying times may vary depending on how thick you slice your jerky. Mine normally take between 4-6 hours.
When I tasted this jerky the first flavor that hits you is the soy sauce from the Allegro Original Marinade. It has a very bold flavor that is sweet and salty. The pepper added a great peppery flavor that goes great on any kind of jerky. I really enjoyed this batch and recommend you trying it.
This recipe doesn't have to be used on Elk only. Make this with beef or venison and it will also turn out really good! Enjoy!!!
For more in depth directions on how to dry your jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods or click on the pictures below.
- 1 lb Elk (Venison, or Beef (Best Slices of Meat for Jerky))
- ¾ cup Allegro Original Marinade
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon curing salt (optional)
- Trim all visible fat from the meat and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
- While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag.
- 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. (I did not freeze the jerky and used my Jerky Slicer with the grain)
- Add sliced meat to the mixture in the 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 and pat dry with paper towels.
- Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Nesco Dehydrator and dried for 4 hours at 160F.
- The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
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