Mild Marinated Jerky

by Her Happy Balance on January 7, 2014

I have a confession to make – I have never gone camping. I’m not exactly a camping kind of girl. When it comes down to it, I really just cannot picture my life without a hair dryer. I don’t mind hiking, but I would like to do my version of camping at a Marriott. The closest I’ve ever gotten to actual camping was when I was a kid. I went on a retreat with my church where you stay in a log cabin and do “team building” activities. Well, the first night when I got to my bunkhouse and I got into the shower stall, there were monstrous mutant ants crawling out of the shower head. Needless to say, that was my first and last shower of that weekend. I’m fairly certain I had discovered the magic that is deodorant by then, so I’m sure it wasn’t too, too awful.

Anyway, even though I have never technically “roughed” it in the woods in a tent, I still consider myself somewhat of a camping foods connoisseur. What is camping without beef jerky and s’mores?! Well as I’ve never gone, I’m not quite sure, but I imagine it is merely a shell of the experience.

Wet Marinated Jerky Before

In general though, I have always loved jerky. It’s an easy snack, the flavors can be multi-dimensional, and really who doesn’t love eating hunks of meat with your hands? The answer: no one. Except those pesky vegetarians. I’m kidding, I love you veg heads 😉 So I decided to try my hand at making some homemade jerky, and I think it was a success!

dry rub jerky before

Some things to know about making jerky:

  • You should always try to use the leanest cuts of meat possible. Any fat in the meat will not only make it greasy, but it also causes it to spoil faster.
  • If you are trying to make jerky from game meats, such as venison, you must freeze the meat for at least 60 days before using it so that any diseases the animal may have had will no longer be an issue to you.

Wet and Dry Rub Jerky

I had a venison loin and used it to make two different types – a spicy dry rub jerky and a mild marinated jerky. Within the first 30 minutes of putting the meat into the dehydrator, the entire house smelled like teriyaki! Making jerky is kind of a guess and check process. The manual that came with my dehydrator said jerky takes anywhere between 4 and 15 hours, so I figured I’d try somewhere middle of the road and ended up dehydrating it for 7 hours. The spicy dry rub was super, super hot! I think I prefer the marinated version, it’s a little sweet with the right amount of salty.

Mild Marinated Jerky

Mild Marinated Venison Jerky
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Prep Time
4 hr
Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
11 hr
Prep Time
4 hr
Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
11 hr
  1. 3/4 lb. Venison Loin
  2. 2 Tbsp. Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  3. 2 Tbsp. Liquid Aminos
  4. 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  5. 1/2 Cup Water
  6. 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar Bourbon Grill Mates Seasonings
  1. Trim any fat from the venison loin and cut it into 5-6 inch long pieces with a 1/4 inch thickness. In a large ziplock bag, combine all other ingredients and toss the bag lightly to mix them together. Put the meat into the bag, toss gently so that all pieces are covered with marinade. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for 4 hours. After marinating, place the strips of meat in a single layer on a dehydrating tray. Dehydrate at 160 degrees for 7 hours. Store jerky in a air-tight bag or container in the refrigerator when finished. Enjoy!
Her Happy Balance
I imagine you could make jerky in your oven if you don’t own a dehydrator, just stick to very low temps for long periods of time. 

Camping – yea or nay?
Have you ever tried to make your own jerky?  

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Alex @ therunwithin January 7, 2014 at 9:08 am

what kind of dehydrator do you have? I want to get one with my amazon xmas gift card but wasn’t sure what would be best…

Her Happy Balance January 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I use the Nesco Food Dehydrator. It comes with 4 trays but can be expanded to include up to 10 trays. I am very much obsessed with it. I’m going to try to get an actual legit review of it up in the near future. Get a dehydrator, do it! Peer pressure 😉 Haha kidding! But really, it is the bomb.

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne January 7, 2014 at 10:02 am

Nay to camping! I did it once, but then a raccoon family came through our camp at night and sounded like a pack of mountain lions. Yup I’m pretty sure I crapped my pants that night.
I made jerky once! I was on a cooking class in high school, and we got to make it. Best day of my life because no one in my group wanted theirs 🙂

Christine@ Apple of My Eye January 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

So cool that you made your own jerky! I didn’t even ever think of that a possibility to make, but it sounds like a ton of fun 🙂

Sarah @ Sweet Miles January 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm

My husband would be so jealous that you can make homemade jerkey! He’s been begging me for a dehydrator! My sister in law is a marketing director for Oberto jerkey, so beef jerkey is now a staple at every family event 🙂

Brittany January 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I love camping!! HAHA! I need a dehydrator!!

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