Up in Smoke: I've never heard of juiper berries. Are they a spicy berry? Where can they be bought?
I am making jerky right now. I sliced a deer arm roast up and merinaded it for a few hours and after I put it in the smoker I sprinkled it with black pepper. Normally I use cayenne pepper but thought I'd try something a little milder.
The jerky has been smoking for 3 hours at 150 f. About 2 hours yet.
I have 2 lbs of ground deer wrapped in plastic in the icebox. I am trying the Hi-Mountain inferno seasoning. In the morning I'm going to stuff it in the jerky shooter and start smokin' it too.
Juniper berries really help when you are marinating wild game, they kinda get rid of that strong taste that bucks or older deer have or deer that arenâ€™t cornfield fed. You can get them from places like Penzyâ€™s Spice co. You only need like 8-10 berries squished. 4 oz. is like $3-$4.
I use a standard brine and whatever fruit juice and seasoning I feel like at them time. I don't cure deer. Anything you cure will taste like ham. So unless that's the taste you're looking for, or you have to store it for a long period of time, I wouldn't cure.
I will also marinade in butter milk from time to time. It cuts the gaminess and does a great job tenderizing.