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First Light Deer Jerky

The inspiration for this jerky came from my love for a good breakfast sausage. This was the last of my venison from this past hunting season, and i'm thrilled the jerky turned out tasting great!
Course Snack
Cuisine deer jerky
Keyword Deer Jerky
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 5
Calories 114 kcal
Author Will


Lean Protein

  • 1 lb Venison Beef can also be used


  • 2 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 cup cold water



  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 the marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag and mix well.
  3. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice ΒΌ" strips with the grain for a chewy jerky. Cut against the grain for less of a chew.
  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. Place jerky strips on a baking rack on top of an aluminum lined cookie sheet
  7. Place in a 300F pre-heated oven for 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Nesco Dehydrator and dried for 2 hours at 160F & 1.5 hours at 145F.
  9. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half.
Nutrition Facts
First Light Deer Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 519mg23%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.