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15 Flavorful Jerky Recipes To Make At Home
It’s actually easy to make jerky at home. You can make jerky even without the fancy equipment such as a jerky press or dehydrator. You can use an oven, which can actually handle a larger amount of meat at once than most dehydrators. Now, let’s get to the flavor of the jerky. If you’re wondering how jerky becomes a tasty treat, the magic starts in the marinade. That’s why we’ve gathered 15 awesome jerky recipes to show you how to make your homemade jerky more delicious!
1. Hot and Spicy Homemade Beef Jerky
Have you ever wondered how to make beef jerky? Then thank goodness you came across this list! This hot and spicy jerky recipe is a classic and has just the right flavor to turn this one-time snack into a lifetime obsession.
2. Spicy Teriyaki Beef Jerky
If you like your meaty treat a bit sweeter and spicier, this is the jerky recipe for you! This jerky is marinated in teriyaki sauce, which in turn makes it moist, tender, and not too tough to chew on. While we love ripping apart bits of jerky, our jaws don’t, so this recipe provides a nice little break for it.
3. Salmon Jerky
We love seeing unusual proteins get turned into jerky and salmon is one of them! This recipe turns a classic snack into one packed with omega-3s, protein, and essential amino acids. So, now you can snack guilt-free and to your heart’s content! Wohoo!
4. Bak Kwa (Chinese Pork Jerky)
Bak Kwa or dried meat is a Malaysian/Chinese-style pork jerky which is moist and grilled to perfection over a charcoal fire. Bak Kwa is a treat that is usually pretty pricey, so the homemade version is definitely the best way to enjoy this delectable delicacy.
5. Duck or Goose Jerky
Duck or goose meat make great jerky! Duck meat has a very distinct taste and texture that allows it to easily absorb whatever spices and herbs you choose to sexy up your dish with. When making this recipe, be sure to get the ratio of salt right and marinate the meat for at least 24 hours (but 3 days is recommended). This will ensure your jerky is the best it can be!
6. Spicy Sriracha Tofu Jerky
Yay! A jerky version just for vegans! While most vegan jerky recipes are made with wheat gluten, this recipe switches it up a bit by making it with tofu! The touch of sriracha in this homemade recipe gives this tofu jerky the perfect ratio of sweet, spicy, and sexy all over. And you thought tofu was boring…
7. Venison Jerky
Want to learn how to make venison jerky? Sweet – let’s get to it then! Deer meat tastes a lot like beef, except it is leaner. This jerky recipe tastes just like the kind you buy at the store, except healthier, tastier, and without all those weird preservatives. Isn’t home cooking fun?
8. Korean Beef Jerky
If you’ve ever tried Korean BBQ, you know, first hand, how ridiculously delicious it is. The marinade for Korean BBQ is unlike any other marinade we’ve ever tried, so of course, Korean BBQ jerky was a must-make on our list. If your taste buds are looking for something new and exciting, then switch it up a bit and try this Korean BBQ jerky recipe.
9. Candied Bacon Jerky
A bacon jerky recipe packed with sweet, crunchy, bacon goodness. This candied bacon jerky recipe yields crisp salty-sweet bacon with a kick of cayenne and is absolutely everything you’re looking for in a snack. In comparison to other jerky recipes, this one is relatively easy to put together.
10. Old-Fashioned Deer Jerky
Make your favorite jerky recipe the old-fashioned way without a meat grinder or jerky press. This authentic jerky recipe is delicious and will remind you of all the reasons you love jerky.
11. Teriyaki Chicken Jerky
Beef is great, but sometimes, poultry is even better. Be warned though, because when you make this recipe you are about to taste one of the best chicken recipes ever! This is a sweet, spicy, and chewy treat that will make you forget any other kind of jerky even exists.
12. Cauliflower Jerky
Cauliflower is actually a great meat substitute and can be used in recipes for buffalo chicken, chicken, pizza crust, and steak. In this recipe, cauliflower is drenched in a rich tahini and other flavors. This jerky treat is a brilliant way to enjoy veggies and will leave you happy and satisfied.
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13. Sweet and Spicy Beef Jerky for Purim
Purim is a Jewish festival held in spring and this is a recipe made specifically for it. This beef jerky uses three kinds of sweeteners – honey, maple syrup, and sugar, which make it the best recipe for sweet-toothed meat eaters! That said, if you’re not into sweets, this recipe also packs some heat from cayenne and red pepper flakes. Have a bite and we bet you won’t be able to stop at just one.
14. Eggplant Jerky
This jerky is made with eggplant and acorn squash and tastes so similar to the real thing! Think of bacon and beef but in a wholesome form. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to meat jerky, this may just be the recipe for you.
15. Kentucky Bourbon Beef Jerky
Excite your taste buds with this jerky recipe packed with flavor plus a mild punch from whiskey. This is such a manly snack perfect for a get-together, picnics, Father’s Day, or even just for an ordinary day.
Watch this video tutorial from Allrecipes to learn the basic in making homemade beef jerky:
Jerky is the perfect treat for when your salty cravings hit. You don’t have to splurge on tasty jerky because you can actually make your own at home. This list is loaded with uniquely flavorful jerky recipes to inspire you not to buy nasty and chemical-laden jerky and make a healthier and better homemade version instead. We’re pretty sure you’ll find a favorite on this list and we would be delighted to hear from you!
Which of the jerky recipes in this list are you planning to try? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.