Spicy and flavorful Elk Jerky Recipe that you can make at home using my amazing marinade and a dehydrator. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can still make this tasty Elk Jerky. I’ll also show you how to make this jerky in a smoker or oven. And if you have more elk, try my new Elk Steak recipe!

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About This Recipe

My husband, Scott, and I created this Elk Jerky recipe years ago, after he returned from one of his hunting trips, with an abundance of game meat.

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We have been using this marinade on all kinds of game meat ever since! Our family and friends all love this Elk Jerky recipe. Even my daughter, Nena, who doesn’t usually eat meat.

So if you’re looking for a delicious way to use up some of the game meat in your freezer, this recipe is it!

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I was not planning on sharing this recipe. As a matter of fact, I used to refer to this as my “Secret Jerky Recipe.”

Then an Instagram follower asked me to share the recipe after seeing my post about my Elk Jerky recipe. So, how could I say no?

How to Make This Recipe

Slice semi-frozen meat, against the grain, anywhere between ⅛” to ¼” in thickness. Place in a ziplock bag.

Add the remaining ingredients in a bowl, and whisk until completely combined.

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Carefully pour the marinade over the meat. Seal the bag and marinate overnight, or at least eight hours.

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Place jerky on the dehydrator trays, leaving some space in-between to allow for circulation. Sometimes I sprinkle sesame seeds or crushed red pepper over the meat before dehydrating it.

Use your dehydrator’s settings to determine the length of time to dehydrate the meat. My dehydrator has a jerky setting and usually takes approximately eight hours until the jerky is ready.

The thinner pieces will be ready sooner than the thicker ones. Start checking the jerky after approximately six-hours and pull off any pieces that are ready.

Once all the pieces are ready, turn off the dehydrator and allow to cool completely before storing.

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