Dehydrating venison

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by gk0130, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. gk0130

    gk0130 Newbie

    Hi All,

    I making venison jerky for the first time and was wondering how long I should dehydrate if for?  When I do beef (top round) I usually slice it on the thicker side marinate it for a few days and let it go on the dehydrator for about ten hours.

    The venison is a much leaner cut so does it need to be on the dehydrator as long as the beef?  Don't want to mess it up.

    Thanks for any help on this,

  2. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I use the nine drawer Cabala's dehydrator and my venison usually takes around 5 hours to dehydrate.

    Good luck,

    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016
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  4. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    IMHO, there's no better deer jerky, or any jerky, than what gets smoked in my smoker.  I do 180 for a few hours until it reaches the TEXTURE, not temperature, I'm looking for.  The smoke flavor just doesn't get any better.

    Sounds like you might like yours a little thicker.  I encourage you to put it in the smoker.  At least try it!!!!!  and compare.  I'll bet you like the smoked stuff better.

  5. gk0130

    gk0130 Newbie

    Thanks for the feedback.  I'll definitely try my next batch in my MES.  How do you cure the meat?  I marinate mine in Yashida's and add Mcormick's spicy grill mates when it goes in the dehydrator.


  6. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    I use HiMountain jerky mixes.  I'll let mine go overnight in plastic bags then start smoking the next morning.  I like HiMountain because I can sprinkle it on as much meat as I like.
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have to agree, running your jerky in the smoker the entire time is the way to go. I use the stepped heat method. I have found it makes the best end product, but it takes time.

    First hour run the smoker at 120, no smoke. At hour two up the temp 10 degrees and add smoke. I usually run smoke for 6-8 hours, cherry or a mix of kiawe and cherry or pecan and cherry. Every hour up the temp 10 degrees until the pit temp reaches 180. Do not go higher than 180.

    As for how long, that depends on the thickness of the cut, and the texture you like your jerky. I hand slice all my meat and it's about a 1/4"-3/8" thick in average. For the texture I like I usually am around 8-12 hours sometimes a bit longer.

    Currently my favorite recipe to use is this. I do add cure #1 at a ratio of 1tsp per 5 pounds.
  8. gk0130

    gk0130 Newbie

  9. gk0130

    gk0130 Newbie

    Thanks for the feedback.  My venison jerky came up pretty good in the dehydrator but I'm going to try the smoker next time.


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