Mitchell Brothers’ Deer Jerky Recipe

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Simple to make, deer jerky is a great way to use up the venison in your freezer.


  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 10 teaspoons meat tenderizer
  • 1/2 cup liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 5 pounds venison, sliced thin


  • In bowl, blend brown sugar, garlic powder, lemon and red pepper, meat tenderizer, liquid smoke, Worcestershire and teriyaki sauces, and water. Add meat. Cover and chill for 24 hours.
  • Remove meat from marinade. Wipe excess liquid from meat, and arrange in single layers on dehydrator trays.
  • Follow directions in your dehydrator manual. Jerky is done when it is barely flexible. Want more jerky recipes? Read How to Make Jerky for a full array of recipes and an introduction into the world of jerky.

The Mitchell brothers — Randy of Ham Lake, Minnesota; Rick of Antlers, Oklahoma; and Ryan of Clayton, Oklahoma — have enjoyed making deer jerky for years. Hunting season starts with the brothers gathering their hunting equipment, and ends with their families getting together to make up a supply of venison jerky to last them most of the year.