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Rosemary and a pear with deer jerky on white background

Rosemary Pear Deer Jerky

Fresh ingredients really give this jerky a great flavor that will have you wishing you made a bigger batch.
Course Beef Jerky, deer jerky, venison jerky
Cuisine American
Type Game Jerky
Flavor Savory
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 5
Calories 186kcal
Author Will


Lean Meat


  • 1 pear
  • 3 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon rosemary dried or fresh
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon curing salt optional


  • Trim all visible fat from the venison or beef and place in freezer for an hour or two to partially freeze.
  • While the meat is in the freezer, combine marinade ingredients in a blender and blend until the ingredients are fully mixed. Transfer to a bowl or ziplock bag. 
  • 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. I used my Weston Jerky Slicer when making this recipe.
  • Add sliced venison or beef to the mixture in the ziplock bag or bowl and marinate for 6-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • After the meat has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator and strain excess marinade in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Dry with your favorite jerky making method. I used my Nesco Dehydrator and dried for 4 hours at 165F.
  • 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.


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
  • Pre-soak venison for a couple hours in 2 cups water and 1 cup vinegar to remove 'gamey' flavor
  • Partially freeze meat before slicing for even strips


Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 967mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 4mg