This Peppered Venison Jerky has an outstanding fresh cracked black pepper flavor!
The soy sauce and worcestershire sauce also give this recipe a really nice sweet and salty taste.
This deer roast was harvested in South Texas on a hunting trip with some buddies. I freezer packed the roast until I was ready to make some jerky. I let it partially defrost and sliced it into ¼" strips.
The marinade is a pretty basic mixture of soy sauce, worcestershire, pepper, and curing salt. This batch marinated in the fridge for about 20 hours before dredging in fresh cracked black pepper and put in the dehydrator.
You can see the marinated meat was strained in a colander and each piece of jerky dredged on ONE side with fresh black pepper. I would recommend only doing one side of the jerky as both sides would be way too much pepper.
The strips were placed on my Nesco Dehydrator and dried for 2 hours at 160F and another 2 hours at 145F. The final result was very tasty. The jerky had a nice sweet and salty taste with that spicy peppery flavor coming out towards the end! If you do NOT like salty jerky, use low sodium soy sauce when making this recipe.
For more in depth directions on how to dry your beef or venison jerky, click on the pictures below.
- 1 lb Venison Roast
- ¾ cup soy sauce (low sodium if wanting less salt)
- ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
- ½ tbsp pure ground pepper
- ¼ tsp prague powder #1 (Curing Salt)
- ¼ cup coarsly ground fresh black pepper (enough to cover ONE side of each jerky strip)
- 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 the soy sauce, worcestershire, ground pepper, and curing salt 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.
- Freshly grind about a ¼ cup of ground pepper in a bowl or plate.
- Dredge ONE side of each jerky strip with your desired amount of fresh pepper
- Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Nesco Dehydrator and dried for 2 hours at 160F & 2 hour at 145F.
- The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
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