Are you looking for tasty jerky recipes to snack on? Look no further because we've got you covered! If you think a jerky is boring and tastes the same in every recipe, think twice! This roundup of jerky recipes will change the way you think about jerky. These are chewy and savory jerky recipes to satisfy your salty cravings! Guaranteed worth the chew!
Flavorful Jerky Recipes To Make At Home
1. Hot and Spicy Homemade Beef Jerky
This hot and spicy beef jerky recipe is a classic and has just the right flavor to turn this one-time snack into a lifetime obsession. Still not spicy enough for you? Add a few cayenne pepper and ground black pepper for the perfect kick of spiciness! Plus a few minced garlic too, for extra flavor.
2. Spicy Teriyaki Beef Jerky
If you like your meaty treat a bit sweeter and spicier, this is the jerky recipe for you! The secret to a moist, tender, and not too tough to chew on texture is in the teriyaki sauce marinade. While we love ripping apart strips of jerky, our jaws don't, so this recipe provides a nice little break for it. You can opt to add red pepper flakes to make it even spicier.
3. Salmon Jerky
We love seeing unusual proteins get turned into jerky strips and salmon is one of them! This recipe turns a classic snack into one packed with omega-3s, protein, and essential amino acids. You can even add crunchy minced garlic for an extra flavor. So, now you can snack guilt-free and to your heart's content!
4. Bak Kwa (Chinese Pork Jerky)
Instead of beef, this jerky recipe uses pork. Bak Kwa or dried meat is a Malaysian/Chinese-style jerky made of pork. It has a moist texture and is grilled to perfection by a charcoal fire. Bak Kwa is usually pricey, so the homemade version is definitely the best way to enjoy this delectable delicacy.
5. Duck or Goose Jerky
Not many people know about this but duck or goose meat is a great alternative to beef! Duck meat has a very distinct taste and texture allowing it to easily absorb whatever spices and herbs you choose. To make this recipe, be sure to get the ratio of salt right. Marinate the meat for at least 24 hours to ensure your jerky is the best it can be!
6. Spicy Sriracha Tofu Jerky
How about making jerky for vegetarians? While most vegan jerky recipes are made with wheat gluten, this recipe switches it up a bit by making it with tofu strips! The mixture of sriracha with soy sauce and garlic seasoning in this homemade recipe gives this tofu jerky the perfect ratio of sweet, spicy, and sexy all over.
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 deer jerky recipe tastes just like the beef jerky 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 how ridiculously delicious it is. That's why Korean BBQ beef jerky is a must 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 beef 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 strips with a kick of cayenne pepper. It has a nice balance of sweet and salty thanks to brown sugar. Compare 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, dehydrator, or jerky press. This authentic jerky recipe is a classic mixture of soy sauce and various seasoning. It's 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 this recipe is one of the best chicken recipes ever! These sweet, spicy, and chewy jerky strips will make you forget about beef or any other kind of jerky.
12. Cauliflower Jerky
Cauliflower is actually a great meat substitute and can be used in recipes for buffalo 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.
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 brown sugar! 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 meat alternative for jerky, then this may just be the recipe for you.
15. Kentucky Bourbon Beef Jerky
Excite your taste buds with this unique beef 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, Valentine's Day, or even just for an ordinary day.
Watch this video tutorial from Allrecipes to learn the basic in making homemade beef jerky:
You don't have to splurge on tasty beef jerky because you can actually make your own even without the fancy equipment like a jerky press or food dehydrator. Jerky making at home does not need to be over the top. In fact, you can use an oven which can actually handle a larger amount of meat at once than an average dehydrator. 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 on this list do you plan to try? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on January 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.