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Smokey Cajun Turkey Jerky Finished and Tasty

Smokey Cajun Turkey Jerky

This Smokey flavored Cajun Turkey Jerky will quench your thirst for a spicy flavorful turkey jerky snack! I really liked this jerky, and you will too…

A smokey and spicy turkey jerky that will have you craving for more. You have to make this jerky | Jerkyholic

I bought a frozen turkey breast from my local grocery store. You can also use turkey cutlets that can be easily found anywhere. I believe Jennie-O is a popular brand sold nation wide.

Smokey Cajun Turkey Jerky Breast

This jerky marinade was started with some great staples of any great cajun flavor; garlic, paprika, and cayenne. I feel like any jerky that has these three ingredients is bound for greatness; and this turkey jerky is definitely great!

Smokey Cajun Turkey Jerky Marinating

I marinated the turkey meat for 45 minutes in my Chef’s Elite Vacuum Marinator. I love using this thing whenever I don’t have time, or don’t want to wait, 6-24 hours for my meat to marinate. Sometimes you just need jerky right away, and this bad boy helps you do that.

Vacuum Marinator

When making fowl jerky, always make sure to pre-heat the strips in the oven to 165F before dehydrating. Using curing salt is also a great idea in order to make sure the jerky will be safe from any bacteria. These strips took about 8 minutes at 300F laying directly on a baking sheet inside the oven with the door closed.

Nesco Dehydrator

I dried these in my Nesco Dehydrator at 145F for 2.5 hours. This thing is my tried and true jerky making machine!

Smokey Cajun Turkey Jerky Finished and Tasty

So how did it turn out? GREAT! This was a very tasty turkey jerky recipe. The flavor was very intense and the spice lingered for several minutes. Feel free to adjust the spices to your liking. You have to make this jerky! So go…… go make it….

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

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A smokey and spicy turkey jerky that will have you craving for more. You have to make this jerky | Jerkyholic
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Smokey Cajun Turkey Jerky

This Smokey flavored Cajun Turkey Jerky will quench your thirst for a spicy flavorful turkey jerky snack! I really liked this jerky, and you will too...
Course Snack
Keyword Turkey Jerky
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 5
Calories 101 kcal
Author Will

Ingredients

Lean Turkey Breast

Marinade

  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper freshly cracked
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup turkey broth
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke hickory
  • 1/4 tsp curing salt optional

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag and mix well.
  2. Trim all visible fat from the turkey breast and slice ¼" strips with the grain
  3. Add sliced turkey breast to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator or 45 minutes in a Vacuum Marinator.
  4. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 300F.
  6. Place turkey strips on a aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the strips reach an internal temperature of 165F.
  8. Remove from the oven and dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Nesco Dehydrator and dried for 2.5 hours at 145F.
  9. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
Nutrition Facts
Smokey Cajun Turkey Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 702mg 29%
Potassium 254mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 7.9%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cranberry Turkey Jerky Finished2

Cranberry Turkey Jerky

This Cranberry Turkey Jerky will have you craving your Mom’s homemade Thanksgiving Dinner!

A Turkey Jerky that will have you thinking of your Mom's turkey and cranberry on Thanksgiving | Jerkyholic.com

The reason this recipe came about was due to the simple reason that you can’t have turkey without the cranberry…

Turkey Breast

I used a 3lb turkey breast from my local Walmart. I actually had trouble finding turkey breast in the dead of summer, Walmart was my saving grace after visiting about 4 different grocery stores. This 3lb Butterball was great, I ended up making 3 different turkey jerky recipes with this one turkey breast.

It was pre-seasoned, so I washed off the turkey under cold running water as much as I could before trimming off the fat and slicing into jerky strips. Make sure to thaw any frozen turkey breast in the refrigerator, not at room temperature. 

Cranberry Turkey Jerky Ingredients

A group of simple ingredients makes this jerky very tasty. I used some local honey and brown sugar to sweeten it up a bit, giving it a great sweet honey flavor with a hint of cranberries.

When making turkey jerky I take the extra precaution of pre-heating the jerky strips to 165°F in the oven. I placed my jerky strips after they finished marinating on a baking rack on top of a foil lined pan for easy cleanup. It took 20 minutes at 300°F to reach an internal temperature of 165°F. If you have the turkey directly on the pan, the cooking time will be closer to 10 minutes.

Cranberry Turkey Jerky on Trays

After pre-heating the strips, I placed them on my Excalibur Dehydrator trays to be dehydrated. I dehydrated these for a total of 4 hours at 145°F. I would recommend taking a piece out and letting it dry to room temperature every so often and checking to see if it is done. Four hours was just about perfect for these pieces of jerky.

Cranberry Turkey Jerky Finished2

As I mentioned before, this recipe had a great sweet honey flavor with a nice hint of cranberries and allspice. You can dice up or keep the cranberries on the jerky for more flavor if you so desire. This does have a little sticky feel to it from the honey and cranberry sauce. You won’t mind licking your fingers though…

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

Learn how to make Beef Jerky in a dehydrator. It's easy, fast, and delicious! | Jerkyholic.comLearn how to make beef jerky in a smoker. Great tasting and better than store bought jerky! | Jerkyholic.comHow to Make Beef Jerky in an Oven

A Turkey Jerky that will have you thinking of your Mom's turkey and cranberry on Thanksgiving | Jerkyholic.com
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Cranberry Turkey Jerky

This Cranberry Turkey Jerky will have you craving your Mom's homemade Thanksgiving Dinner! 
Course Snack
Keyword Cranberry Turkey Jerky
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 5
Calories 243 kcal
Author Will

Ingredients

Lean Turkey Breast

Marinade

  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 10 juniper berries crushed into very small pieces
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp curing salt Optional

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag and mix well.
  2. Trim all visible fat from the turkey breast and slice ¼" strips with the grain
  3. Add sliced turkey breast to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  4. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 300F.
  6. Place turkey strips on a baking rack on top of a aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the strips reach an internal temperature of 165F.
  8. Remove from the oven and dry with you favorite jerky making method. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator and dried for 4 hours at 145F.
  9. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Turkey Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 204mg 9%
Potassium 267mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Sugars 38g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 1.3%
Vitamin C 8.9%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.