By Traeger Kitchen
This homemade spicy venison jerky will make your mouth water for more. Smoky pepper and teriyaki jerky is a high-protein snack that will last through hours of stalking your big game prey.
|1/4-inch-thick rounds of fresh ginger
|freshly ground black pepper
In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, mirin, sugar, ginger, garlic, onion powder, and pepper.
With a sharp knife, slice the venison into 1/4-inch-thick strips. Trim any fat or connective tissue.
Place the meat slices in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the venison and massage the bag so that all of the slices are evenly coated with the marinade. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available.
180 ˚F / 82 ˚C
Remove the venison from the marinade and discard the marinade. Dry the meat slices between paper towels.
Arrange the meat in a single layer directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and smoke for 3 hours, or until the jerky is dry, but still chewy and somewhat pliant when bent.
180 ˚F / 82 ˚C
While still warm, transfer the jerky to a resealable plastic bag, leaving the top open. Let the jerky rest for an hour at room temperature.
Squeeze any air from the bag and seal. The jerky will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks. Enjoy!
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