Last year for Christmas my present from my parents was a Manual jerky Slicer by Cabelas. Since we have a decent amount of burger, roasts, and steaks in the freezer already I got it out and put it to good use during our latest slice and dice festival. First off, having never used a Jerky Slicer before I was curiuos as to how well it would work. It looked simple enough and I'm happy to say it worked awesome. It was very easy to slice perfect 1/4 thick by any length pieces of jerky I wanted.
Altogether we ended up with about 8 lbs of 1/4" slices of meat. Josh took four pounds home to make his own batch and I took four pounds home to experiment with. I slightly adapted a recipe I found on AllRecipes.com and got to work.
Here is the recipe I used:
1. 4 lbs venison strips
2. 4 Tablespoons Onion Powder
3. 1 1/3 Teaspoons Black Pepper
4. 1 1/3 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
5. 2 pinches of salt
6. 1 Teaspoon dry Italian Style dressing mix
7. 1 cup Worcestershire Sauce
8. 1 cup Soy Sauce
9. Cayenne Pepper to taste
10. 2 Spoonfuls of brown sugar
After dumping this concoction over the meat I let it sit for 20 hours in the refrigerator. When it came time to cook it I pushed a toothpick through 2 or 3 pieces at a time and hung them on the oven racks. The recipe called for cooking them at 150 degrees for 4 hours but my oven only goes as low as 170 degrees. I still ended up cooking them for 4 hours and probably should have let them go longer because they were a little moist still. The problem was that the every time I opened the door to check on them I also tasted a piece and After 4 hours I couldn't wait any longer.