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apple sage jerky on frying pan with eggs and apple juice

Apple Sage Pork Jerky

This jerky recipe was born from a breakfast sausage that I had a couple of weeks ago that was SO good! The apple flavor makes this a very savory and tasty pork jerky!
Course Jerky
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, Jerky, Pork Jerky
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 4 servings
Calories 201 kcal
Author Will


Lean Meat


  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp liquid smoke hickory
  • 1 tbsp apple grated
  • 1 cup apple juice


  1. Trim all visible fat from the pork and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.

  2. While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag. 
  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. Visit my page on slicing jerky for more information. 

  4. Add sliced pork to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 6-24 hours in the refrigerator.

  5. After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.

  6. Place strips on cooling rack atop a baking sheet and 'cook' in the oven for 22 minutes at 350F or until the internal temperature of the strips reaches 165F. Remove from the oven. 

  7. Continue to dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Nesco Dehydrator and dried for 5 hours at 145F.

  8. The jerky is finished when it bends and cracks, but does not break in half. White fibers will also be seen when the jerky is bent.

Recipe Notes

Old Pro Tips:

  • Trim all fat from the meat before marinating for longer lasting jerky once it’s finished drying
  • Use curing salt or celery juice powder to extend the life of the jerky
  • Marinate closer to 24 hours for the most intense flavor
  • Pork Tenderloin is my favorite cut of pork to use
  • This recipe can be made with Turkey as well
Nutrition Facts
Apple Sage Pork Jerky
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 1226mg53%
Potassium 495mg14%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.