So over many years I have been grinding on a really good jerky recipe . I finally have it just the way I like it . A little spicy , but you can make it as spicy as you want , mine is just warm. A little sweet , a little savory , a little smoky .
5 Lbs wild game . slice it to about 3/16" thick . Slicing the meat when its about 1/2 frozen makes it easier to slice at a good 3/16" thick . Take all of the fat off !! Unless you like it to taste gamey. I slice the meat WITH the grain because its jerky.
1 Cup Yashidas Marinade . This is the only semi hard ingredient to find , but its around . I get it at Cosco. Its great for a lot of other things too. A great marinade !
1-1/4 cup soy sauce
1-1/2 cup water.
2 tsp coarse ground black pepper
2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes. ( If you like it spicy , go up to 3 tsp )
2 TBS A-1 sauce -or- 1 TBS Worchester sauce -either or-
Soak overnight in the fridge , stirring a few times. OR .... soak at room temperature for 4-6 hours stirring every hour.
If you do this in the oven and not a smoker with wood chips , add 1 tsp of liquid smoke . I prefer wood chips in a smoker. Its hard to get an oven down down to a low enough temperature BUT its do-able in the oven .
Now , drain the meat WELL , I do it in a strainer and get all of the liquid off of it that I can , Leave to drain for an hour or so . The more liquid you get off of it the better .
Put into the smoker or oven . If you do it in an oven , leave the door cracked open set at the lowest temperature possible. .
I smoke it between 155 deg and 165 deg for 6-9 hours depending on outside ambient temperature.
I smoke one big pan of chips initially then no more. I use fruit wood or alder . Hickory seems to give it a bitter taste . At least to me .
I know when it is done when its a little pliable , and not at all mushy . Don't cook it until its hard or crispy.
Put it into a brown paper bag to cool and store , it will then get a little firmer.
I can't keep the wife off of this stuff ! I am starting to think that I need to rub myself down in the leftover marinade for some better lovin' in the evening ; )
Tell me what you think of it . Its almost edible.