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Southwest Deer Jerky

A couple of weeks ago, I shared how we make our wild game jerky. As I indicated, we had only successfully seasoned our jerky with pre-made seasoning kits. Over Christmas break, I decided to experiment some more with a homemade seasoning. I thawed out some ground deer meat and came up with a Southwest jerky recipe.

Southwest Jerky

We found it to be every bit as tasty as the seasoning kits. My dad even thought it was better! But he may have been a bit biased….

Our Southwest mixture uses only dry seasonings (well, except for a splash of Worcestershire sauce). We personally haven’t had as much luck with the soy sauce and other liquid based recipes. Maybe we were just doing something wrong with them…more experimentation is needed!

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Making Deer Jerky

We ground up most of our deer meat this year and have turned much of it into jerky. It’s a great and healthy snack food, and we love taking it on our road trips…Jethro (our dog) likes it, too, as he inevitably gets a few pieces (especially when we forget to pack dog food…)!

Deer Jerky

We used to make deer jerky in a dehydrator, but we found that it would dry the meat out too much, so Roy switched to making it in the oven.

The first step is to grind some deer meat.

So far we’ve only used seasoning kits…they are so easy to use, and most of them taste great. (We’re still experimenting with our recipes, so hopefully we’ll be able to post a successful one soon!) So add the seasoning to the ground meat.  Our favorite has been the Hi Mountain Cracked Pepper and Garlic seasoning. Follow meat to spice ratio on seasoning packet. Don’t skimp on the seasonings even a little bit!

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Elk Tex-Mex Casserole

I’m from South Dakota where we would have a casserole (Or do you call it a hot dish??? There must be a map of the preferred term…) at least once a week. Growing up, our style was basically combine whatever you have left in the fridge that needs to be eaten, some type of rice/pasta, ground beef (usually), mix in some spices, throw some cheese on top, and bake it for a bit. Voila! Lunch/dinner/supper (whatever you call it…probably a map out there somewhere of this, too) was served!

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