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Top 7 Seasonings & Equipment 2017

With as many jerky seasonings and equipment items out there, thought it might be interesting to see which ones were the most popular in 2017.


That being said, went back through all the purchases made last year and compiled the following list of 7 Top Jerky Seasonings and 7 Top Jerky Equipment items purchased (from Amazon).


Thought this might be of help for those wondering which seasonings to try or which piece of equipment to get, etc. – I’ve always found that the most popular is usually the best, i.e., it’s a good bet that  the restaurant with the most cars in the parking lot at lunch time is the one to try. Guess that goes for jerky as well.






  1. Hi Mountain Cracked Black Pepper & Garlic   (Get more info or purchase here.)
  2. Backwoods Variety Pack   (Get more info or purchase here.)
  3. Nesco Jerky Spice Works   (Get more info or purchase here.)
  4. HI Mountain Variety   (Get more info or purchase here.)
  5. Nesco Teriyaki   (Get more info or purchase here.)
  6. Nesco Hot & Spicy   (Get more info or purchase here.)
  7. Nesco Jerky Spice Variety (Get more info or purchase here.)








  1. LEM Jerky Gun   (Get more info or purchase here.  )
  2. Nesco Jumbo Jerky Works Kit   (Get more info or purchase here.)
  3. LEM Jerky Cannon   (Get more info or purchase here.)
  4. Nesco Jerky Dehydrator Kit  (Get more info or purchase here. )
  5. Weston Jerky Gun   (Get more info or purchase here.  )
  6. Nesco Dehydrator   (Get more info or purchase here.  )
  7. Nesco Add-a-Tray    (Get more info or purchase here.  )







Taking a break from jerky this week.  This is one of my all time favorite cakes.   It uses the Cake-in-the-Pan recipe (recipe links below), layered with a yummy cream filling and topped off with a delicious chocolate butter cream frosting . . . . added cherries for a little color.



Best part you can make this whole recipe either with regular sugar / powdered sugar or you can make it 50% no-sugar added by replacing half the sugar with Splenda® and Splenda® powdered sugar. My wife has made it both ways – but we’ve  guess we’ve become accustomed to Splenda® as we both liked the 50% no-sugar cake better.

So here we go, this is what you’ll need to make the cake or as I call it . . .

Christmas Cream Torte


  • Mix 1/2 recipe of the Cake-in-the-Pan (Regular recipe or 50% no-sugar recipe using Splenda®)
  • Pour batter into a lipped cookie sheet pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Lightly spray paper with spray oil. Note: I used a 10″ x 14″, but a 9″ x 13″ will work just as well.
  • Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for approximately 11 -12 minutes. Watch it carefully, as it cooks fast.
  • Remove from oven and let cake completely cool

Cream Filling

  1. Let cream cheese come to room temperature
  2. Add powdered sugar and cool whip, beat with electric mixer until fluffy and well blended
  3. Set aside



  • 3 TBSP melted butter (please no margarine !)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (regular or Splenda powdered sugar)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • Enough water to blend smoothly to consistency you want. Note: If you plan on icing the sides, you may want to make the frosting a little thicker.
  • Set aside

Cake Assembly

  • While the cooled cake is still resting on the pan, cut it into three (3) equal pieces. A serrated knife makes a cleaner cut.
  • Each piece will be about 4-3/4″ x 10″ in size. If the edges are hard, use a knife to trim off the edge.
  • On a cake plate or cake cardboard, place the first layer.
  • Place about half of the filling and spread evenly all the way to the edge. Place another layer of cake and more filling. Note: You may find you don’t want to use all the filling. I saved a little to serve on the side with a slice of cake.
  • Place final layer on top.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let cake cool-set in the refrigerator for about one hour.
  • Spread the chocolate butter cream frosting on top of cooled cake. You can frost the sides if you like, I just let some of the frosting spill down the sides.

Optional: Place some maraschino cherries on top or use a paper doily and sprinkle powdered sugar over the top for a snowflake look.

Refrigerate and enjoy.

And, wishing everyone a very













10 Whiskey, Bourbon, Soda Jerky Marinades



If you’re thinking of giving some of your delicious homemade jerky as Christmas gifts, why not try giving it a holiday twist and make it using either whisky or bourbon.  Your favorite brand, of course !


Either one of these can be used in the marinade to infuse a unique flavor to beef, bison or venison when mixed in with the other ingredients.  We did not find any recipes for making jerky sticks using whiskey or bourbon – only strip jerky.


In almost all the recipes that we reviewed, the marinade ingredients using either whiskey or bourbon were typical of those ingredients used in a standard jerky marinade with a 1/4 tsp.  curing salt per 1 lb. of meat being part of the recipe.


The marinade time and refrigeration process was the same with the marinade being tossed once the meat has been removed from the marinade. Be sure to pat the strips dry with a paper towel before placing on the dehydrator trays.


We’re placing links below to some of the marinade recipes we found. Each recipe shows the main marinade ingredients so hopefully you can find one that suits your taste.


5 Whiskey & Bourbon Marinades

Whiskey Beef Jerky –   Root beer, whiskey, molasses, brown sugar, soy sauce, liquid smoke, garlic powder, chili powder.

Whiskey Jerky – Brown sugar, whiskey, soy sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, liquid hickory smoke

Bourbon Jerky –  Bourbon, liquid hickory smoke, molasses, brown sugar, black pepper, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce

Peppered Bourbon Jerky – Vinegar, liquid smoke, bourbon, sea salt, clove, cumin, ginger, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne (optional)

Bourbon Venison – Southern Comfort, soy sauce, Teriyaki sauce, Worcestershire sauce,  red pepper, black pepper, liquid smoke, garlic powder

If you are not inclined to purchase a bottle of either whiskey or bourbon just for making jerky, we’ve given a few links for purchasing pre-packaged marinades to get that special flavor.






5 Soda  Marinades- Dr. Pepper, Coca Cola, Root Beer






Not to leave out those who might not want to try the above jerky marinades, we’re including some recipes for making jerky using soda, i.e., Dr. Pepper, Coca Cola, Root Beer and Cream Soda. Like the whiskey/bourbon marinades we’re listing the main ingredients with each recipe link.

Dr. Pepper – Jalapeno Jerky –   Dr. Pepper, jalapeno,  Worcestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder.

Dr. Pepper Beef Jerky – Dr. Pepper, sea salt, black pepper, brown sugar, cure

Coca Cola Jerky –  Coca Cola, soy sauce, 5 ingredient Chinese spice powder,  ground ginger, cayenne

Cream Soda (and Bourbon) Jerky – Cream soda, bourbon, maple syrup, soy sauce, liquid smoke, brown sugar, onion powder, chili powder

Root Beer Jerky –   Root Beer, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, salt, chipotle chilies,  paprika, onion powder

Only pre-packaged marinade with ‘soda’ flavor was for Dr. Pepper, get it at this link on Amazon.