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Jimmy’s Teriyaki Deer Jerky

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This is my Buddy’s go to deer jerky recipe every year after we harvest a couple bucks during hunting season. He was nice enough to give me the recipe to share with you guys, so I named it after him. Jimmy’s Teriyaki Deer Jerky!

Jimmy's Teriyaki Deer Jerky dried and on a cutting board with teriyaki sauce and chop sticks.

So who is Jimmy? Well, in the picture below; Jimmy is the one on the right and I am on the left. This picture was taken last year when Jimmy, our friend Kyle, & I went on the boat when some really cold weather came through to pick up cold stunned turtles on the verge of death and bring them to the National Park Service’s Turtle Patrol on South Padre Island, Texas. (Turtles can not handle the extreme temperature changes and go into shock. They need to be picked up and brought somewhere they can be warmed back up to prevent them from dying)

Jimmy taught me how to hunt. The first buck I ever harvested was with him by my side and was shot with his rifle. Those antlers are proudly displayed on top of my moms fine china cabinet in her kitchen.

Two guys on a boat holding sea turtles with water in the background

Every year a couple of us guys get together and go hunting and fishing. This year I shot a nice 10-point buck and that is where I got the Venison for this jerky. Jimmy also shot a 10-point this year making it one of our better years of hunting.

Making Deer Jerky

So after processing our deer, I kept a couple of roasts to make jerky out of. One of the first recipes I made this year was Jimmy’s Teriyaki Deer Jerky recipe. I started with a roast (cut out of the hind quarter of the deer).

Venison Roast on cutting board with knife

I had vacuum packed and sealed this roast and let it defrost partially in the refrigerator before pulling it out to trim and slice. I sliced at about 1/4″ with the grain of the meat.

Venison Roast Sliced on cutting board

*I recently started using a Weston Jerky Slicer to cut my strips of jerky. It slices all the strips the same thickness allowing them to dry evenly in your smoker or dehydrator. No more pulling pieces out that are finished and letting thicker pieces keep going. It’s definitely nice when making a bunch of jerky. Below is a picture of some beef eye of round I sliced the other day. 

Jerky slicer cutting meat onto cutting board on counter

The recipe for this jerky is very simple, but extremely tasty! For 1lb of venison, I mixed 1 cup of Allegro Teriyaki Marinade and 2 tbsp of Liquid Smoke (Mesquite).

Teriyaki Marinade with liquid smoke on counter top

Both of these can be found at your local grocery store. I found the Teriyaki Marinade near the BBQ sauces, NOT in the Asian section, so make sure to check both places.

I marinated the venison for 20hrs and strained in this colander. This is where you will want to sprinkle on some garlic powder for a little extra flavor.

Marinated deer meat for jerky drained in colander next to bowl of pepper

If you want a true Teriyaki Deer Jerky, you can start to dehydrate the jerky right here. I split this recipe and made half with some black pepper as well.

Just dredge one side of the jerky in a bowl of fresh cracked black pepper and wipe off any excess. I found that one side was enough to give this deer jerky a great pepper flavor.

Sliced deer in bowl of black pepper

Deer jerky pieces topped with black pepper on plate

Using my Excalibur Dehydrator, I arranged the venison strips on the trays with enough space between strips to allow for proper air circulation.

Deer jerky slices on dehydrator tray

This jerky was dehydrated for 2.5hrs at 165F & 1hr at 145F. Yep, it was finished and perfect in just 3.5hrs! Jimmy’s Teriyaki Deer Jerky had a nice strong Teriyaki flavor. The pieces with pepper also had that great flavor with the extra little kick of the fresh cracked black pepper. I love spice and pepper, so the peppered pieces were my favorite.

Cook’s Tips:

  • Keep game meat very clean while butchering and wash thoroughly with fresh water
  • Partially freeze meat or use a jerky slicer for even strips. This allows all jerky to finish drying evenly and at the same time
  • Using cracked black pepper instead of ground pepper really enhances the flavor and spice on this recipe
  • Start checking deer for doneness after 3 hours in the dehydrator, it tends to dry faster than beef

You need to make this jerky! This recipe would also be great when making beef jerky. But if you still have some venison in the freezer from this past hunting season, get some out and start marinating it now! I really liked this recipe and can see why Jimmy makes it EVERY year. Thanks for sharing the recipe Jimmy!

!!All of the Beef Jerky Recipes on this Site can also double as Venison Jerky Recipes!!

Jimmy's Teriyaki Deer jerky on a cutting board with teriyaki sauce and chopsticks.

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Jimmy's Teriyaki Deer Jerky

This is my Buddy’s go to deer jerky recipe every year after we harvest a couple bucks during hunting season. He was nice enough to give me the recipe to share with you guys, so I named it after him. Jimmy’s Teriyaki Deer Jerky!

Course Snack
Cuisine Beef Jerky, deer jerky
Keyword beef jerky, Deer Jerky, Venison Jerky
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 230 kcal
Author Will

Ingredients

Lean Beef

Marinade

  • 1 cup Allegro Teriyaki Marinade
  • 2 tbsp Mesquite Liquid Smoke

Optional

Extra

  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper for dipping

Instructions

  1. Trim all visible fat from the venison and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine all the ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag and mix well.
  3. 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.
  4. Add sliced venison to the mixture in a ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander.
  6. Sprinkle meat evenly with the garlic powder.
  7. Dredge one side of each strip of meat in fresh cracked black pepper if you want a peppery flavor *Optional
  8. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Excalibur Dehydrator and dried for 2½ hours at 165F & 1 hour at 145F.
  9. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.

Recipe Notes

Expert Tips:

  • Keep game meat very clean while butchering and wash thoroughly with fresh water
  • Partially freeze meat or use a jerky slicer for even strips. This allows all jerky to finish drying evenly and at the same time
  • Using cracked black pepper instead of ground pepper really enhances the flavor and spice on this recipe
  • Start checking deer for doneness after 3 hours in the dehydrator, it tends to dry faster than beef
Nutrition Facts
Jimmy's Teriyaki Deer Jerky
Amount Per Serving (70 g)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 2254mg 94%
Potassium 386mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 19.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 comments

  1. Chris says:

    Love deer can’t wait to try this recipe some day looks wonderful when I try it I’ll let you know how it went JERKY IS MANS BEST FRIEND.

  2. G says:

    Getting ready to try out your recipe – sounds amazing! I wanted to ask about the curing powder salt. It says it’s optional….but if we do use it so I simply add it to the marinade ? This will be my first ever jerky experience. Trying to use up some of our leftover Bambi – thanks!!!

  3. Pauline Coss says:

    Picked up a deer from a processor that the original shooter never picked up. Most of the meat was made into hamburger. Does this recipe work good with hamburger style venison for the marinating process, or would you recommend a different recipe? I have a jerky maker that will shape the venison into slices or rolls.

    • Will says:

      This recipe would not be a good one to do with ground meat, there is too much liquid in the marinade. This would prevent the meat from sticking together and the strips would break apart. Look for any recipe that has a little bit of liquid ingredients, about 1/4 cup or so max.

  4. Lee Moerland says:

    I’m getting ready to try this recipe out for the first time but I’m using an oven, would your directions for doing oven beef jerky be the same for venison jerky?

  5. Kevin says:

    Tried this and it’s a hit! Thanks. I’m going to do 3 lbs next. Do I just triple the ingredients? May seem like a silly question- just want to make sure I don’t use too much of the curing salt.

    • Will says:

      Great! For the main marinade, you just have to have enough to cover the meat. So you might be able to double it and have enough. When it comes to curing salt, you need to do 1/4 tsp of Prague Powder #1 for every 1 pound of meat. So you will have to use 3/4 tsp of curing salt even if you only double the marinade ingredients.

  6. Dan says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for all of the hard work you put into this website. My Dad and I recently started making jerky together with an old dehydrator I found in the basement as a way to bond while he is struggling with health issues. This is our number one resource and it has brought us a lot closer together.

    • Will says:

      I am so happy that my site could take part in you guys spending some quality time together. Thanks so much for this comment Dan, it means a lot to me. I wish your father all the best and a healthy New Year!

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