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Montana Mountain Jerky

Why the name Montana Mountain Jerky? Well, it’s a jerky inspired by hiking in the Montana Mountains of Glacier National Park… Pretty good name I thought….

Beef jerky is by far the best hiking snack you can bring with you when taking in the beautiful scenery of mother nature. That is why I ALWAYS have a stash of fresh jerky stuffed away in my trail bag on all of my adventures.

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What I have learned over the years and many hikes is that an easy mild tasting jerky is the way to go when in the backwoods. Remember, water weighs 8.34 lb/gal (I know the this b/c of my day job) and can make your back pack quite heavy if you bring too much. So stay away from spicy recipes that will have you guzzling all your water and require you to bring extra.

This Montana Mountain Jerky recipe has a little bit of black pepper and a tiny amount of cayenne pepper. Just enough to give it a nice taste, but not too much that you will be up ending all your water bottles.

Montana Mountain Jerky Dehydrator

The beef top round was sliced against the grain to make for an easier bite. No teeth pulling when eating this batch. You can also see from the picture above that the amount of spice is very minimal, giving this Montana Mountain Jerky a smooth overall taste. After 5 hours in the dehydrator, this jerky did not disappoint…

So if you are going on a hike in the near future and looking for a great jerky that will pack along nicely, give this one a shot! If you do want this recipe a little spicier; up the cayenne pepper from ¼ tsp to 1 ½ tsp. Enjoy!

Montana Mountain Jerky

For more in depth directions on how to dry your beef jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods.

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Montana Mountain Jerky
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Lean Meat
  • ¼ tsp Prague Powder #1 (curing salt)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke (hickory)
  • ½ cup cold water
  1. Trim all visible fat from the beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine the Prague Powder #1, garlic powder, black pepper, sea salt, cayenne pepper, liquid smoke, and cold water in a medium size bowl or ziplock bag. Mix well.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ¼" strips against the grain. Cut with the grain for a chewier jerky. Or skip the freezing phase and use a Jerky Slicer for evenly sliced strips.
  4. Add sliced beef to the mixture and marinate for 6-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Dry with your favorite jerky making method. A dehydrator was used with this recipe and dried for 5 hours at 145 degrees.

 For more in depth directions on how to dry your beef jerky, visit my page Jerky Making Methods.


  1. Patrick says:

    Stumbled on your website recently, and I really enjoy all your recipes. Doing a few jerky varieties from here in my oven. Thanks for the effort in publishing these!

  2. Dave VandenBosch says:

    I stumble across your web site, you listed a lot of recipes I would like to try to find a favorite, I like that they are listed in one pound

  3. John says:

    Found your site by chance lots of recipes some look good so not so much (don’t care for sweet jerky) will start with the Montana Mountain and let you know (I,m jerking elk meat and using a smoker instead of dehydrator)

  4. Tom says:

    After reading countless soy/worcestershire recipes I found your site very useful. While I am still experimenting with many of your recipes, “Montana Mountain” is currently my top shelf choice. I think it proves that less is sometimes more and it fits with my idea of what jerky tastes like.
    I applied the peppers from a shaker in the dehydrator trays rather than adding them to the marinade for a more uniform coating. (I might have gotten it a little hot)

  5. Jim says:

    Great recipe, just as it is… Normally I always cut with the grain…I like the chewiness, as well because we use Jerky as a staple in our canoe tripping, it is important that everything is shelf stable… ergo.. I use Prague #1 all the time, then evacuate the air from the storage bags and toss into the freezer until the next trip…
    One thing I want to try with this particular recipe is to do it with ground beef! I think it would be a great way to bring the beef on a trip for either chewing on or re-hydrating for chili.. etc.

  6. Chris G. says:

    hey Will,
    THX for your inspiration. Great recipe.
    I’m just a beginner but with your recipes and descriptions it is very easy to make awesome jerky. I love it!

    greeting from Germany

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