Making Jerky and other treats with my game meat is really part of the overall thrill of the hunt for me. I could not find anyone that made jerky the way I liked it so I started making my own years ago. I have many recipes that are simple and awesome to the palate! This one is a favorite and easy to do for most any arm chair chef!
Take a box of Shore Lunch seasoning (cracked pepper) and mix for 10-15 lbs of sliced venison. Mix the seasoning and cure with 1/4 – 1/2 C of bourbon and 1/2 C of brown sugar to form a slurry. Add ~1/2 C water to make more. Mix with sliced venison and let soak in tupperware bowl for 24 hrs, mixing a couple times. Place in smoker and smoke over 180 degrees for 4-5 hrs and remove when dark but still flexible. You will have a delicious slice of jerky with seasoning stuck to it and a hint of bourbon and sweet brown sugar! For a kick, add several dashes of Tebasco to the slurry before marinading. Even without the smoke this one is delicious and easy. Sure I have made all sorts of jerky without store bought seasoning packets but they are easy and quick and taste pretty good once mated with the bourbon.
Bourbon: Although your first inclination will be to use the cheapest bourbon you can find, this is where most people make a mistake. Good sweet bourbons (less sour) such as Bulleit, Knob Hill or Bison Run will enhance the flavor of this already awesome jerky!
Get em…out there!