Butler Jerky Marinade Recipe
Hi guys! Kyle and I found this recipe in a great venison cookbook that has a lot of my go-to recipes when I’m preparing game. This marinade stands out to me because it was the first thing I tried for myself after I was introduced to venison by Kyle and his dad, Barry. Their go to marinade when Kyle and I started dating was usually beer. Don’t get me wrong, a good flavorful brown or IPA can do wonders for a marinade, but I was definitely ready to branch out and see how else I could improve upon that gamey taste. We first tried this marinade on tenderloins, but I started adapting it and using it for jerky instead. I find that the sweet flavors mix perfectly with chewy jerky for a great snack. Enjoy!
1. Prep jerky by slicing one hindquarter into very thin strips. We’ve also tried grinding the meat for jerky and using a jerky gun to compress the tenderized meat, but I find that thin slices produce the best and most consistent texture. As long as you have a very sharp knife, you’ll do great.
2. Mix the following ingredients;
3/4 olive oil
1/4 red wine vinegar
1/3 soy sauce
2 chopped garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste
This makes not quite two cups of marinade that I use on 2-3 pounds of sliced hindquarter. I like to marinade overnight before I start cooking the next morning, but if you’re short on time at least leave it in the sauce for 2 hours.
3. Last Christmas, my Dad got us a dehydrator that has made my jerky making a breeze. Ours has four racks that I leave on for 6-8 hours. Just keep an eye on it, and test your strips for your desired texture. You should rotate the racks every 4-5 hours to make sure the top layer gets closer to the fan.
That’s it! The only other important thing to remember is that once you take your completed jerky out of the dehydrator, you should let it dry completely on a cooling rack or plate before you stick it in Tupperware or plastic baggies. Otherwise you’re likely to have moldy jerky before the week is out. Luckily, ours never lasts that long before Kyle eats it!
P.S. The picture is individually bagged jerky that we gave out as favors at our wedding. Kyle prepped the meat and I hand-tied each gift for our guests.