Spicy Venison Jerky Recipe

junio 10, 2024 2 lectura mínima

Spicy Venison Jerky Recipe

Venison jerky, a delicacy enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts and culinary adventurers alike, transforms wild game into a flavorful, portable snack. This recipe from Traeger Grills enhances venison with a bold, spicy marinade and slow smoking technique, making it an ideal treat for spice lovers.


  • 2 lbs venison, trimmed
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 habanero peppers, minced

Preparation Steps:

  1. Slice the Venison:

    • With a sharp knife, cut the venison into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Remove any fat or connective tissue.
  2. Marinate:

    • In a large bowl, mix apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, black pepper, paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes, and minced habanero peppers.
    • Add the venison slices, ensuring they are well-coated with the marinade.
    • Transfer the venison and marinade to a resealable bag. Remove as much air as possible and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Prepare the Grill:

    • Preheat the Traeger grill to 180℉ and close the lid for 15 minutes.
  4. Smoke the Jerky:

    • Remove the venison from the marinade and discard the marinade.
    • Arrange the venison slices in a single layer on the grill grates. For an extra kick, sprinkle with additional cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
    • Smoke the jerky for 4-5 hours until it is dry but still pliant.
  5. Cool and Store:

    • Transfer the jerky to a wire rack and let it cool for 1 hour.
    • Store in an airtight container or resealable bag in the refrigerator.

Tips for Perfect Jerky:

  • Trim Properly: Removing all fat and connective tissue ensures the jerky dries evenly and stays fresh longer.
  • Marinate Thoroughly: Marinating overnight allows the flavors to penetrate deeply into the meat.
  • Monitor the Temperature: Keeping the grill at a consistent 180℉ is crucial for the jerky to dry properly without overcooking.


This spicy venison jerky recipe offers a delightful blend of heat and savory flavors, making it a standout snack for any occasion. Whether you're gearing up for a hike or simply want a tasty treat, this jerky is sure to satisfy.

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