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Venison Jerky – Hunting Texas

With fall comes not only the peace of driving through winding country roads lined with trees full of vibrant colors but also the thrill of the hunt on crisp, cool mornings . . . for those so inclined. Here in Texas deer hunting season started on November 1 this year – and early that morning the sounds of gun shots could be heard ringing throughout the woods.

Back strap, sausage and the like are all local favorites – but don’t forget, venison makes some of the best jerky you’ll  ever eat. Just follow the same process for making venison jerky as you would for beef or buffalo – strips or sticks.   Venison jerky can be made using one of the following methods:

Since venison has a little more flavor – you might like to try some of the stronger marinades, i.e., whisky and black pepper.  To view the top marinades, visit this link.

We’ve posted an abbreviated version of the hunting seasons below. [1] If you are looking for the complete schedule, visit this link. And if you happen not to be in Texas, visit this link for hunting information for all 50 states.[2].































































5 Top Beef Cuts for Homemade Ground Beef

One of the easiest eating jerky snacks are jerky sticks.  These can be made using lean ground beef or buffalo purchased at the grocery store.  But, what would make them even better would be to use your own fresh ground meat.  A little extra work – but worth it because you know exactly what’s in your jerky sticks.

Shopping for Meat

The leanest meat you can use to make your own ground meat will make the best sticks.  In order to do this,  you need to know which cuts of beef are the leanest.   [1]

The top 5 cuts of beef – considered ‘extra lean [2]  – would be:

  1. Eye of round roast or steak
  2. Sirloin tip side steak
  3. Top round roast and steak
  4. Bottom round roast and steak
  5. Top sirloin steak

Note: When choosing beef, look for packages labeled ‘Choice’ or ‘Select’ vs. ‘Prime’ as they  will have less fat.  Also look for those cuts with the least amount of marbling . . . and don’t forget to trim fat as needed. 

While you may not have as wide a selection of buffalo cuts at your local store, look for cuts with minimal marbling.  Again, trim any fat as needed.

Shopping for a Meat Grinder

If you’re on a budget, you may want to skip the meat grinder and try using your food processor to ‘grind’ the meat. While it will get the job done, you may find it will take  longer to grind the meat and you’ll need to work with smaller quantities to get the amount of ground meat needed.  For more information on using a food processor to grind meat, visit this link

If you don’t have a meat grinder and are considering purchasing one, give some thought to buying a meat grinder that can be  a multi-purpose kitchen tool.   In other words, look for one that you can use for other purposes such as:

  • Grinding meat
  • Making pasta
  • Making sausage

Below are some multi-use meat grinders available on Amazon. Prices range from very affordable to pricey – depending on your budget and need.



When making your own ground meat for jerky, always be sure the equipment is clean from the last use and then either use the freshly ground meat immediately or keep refrigerated until ready to use.   In our opinion, freshly ground meat should be used for making jerky  within 24 hours of grinding.




[1] using a food processor

[2] lean cuts –

Jerky – More Than Just a Snack

Talked to my son the other day and he told me of how he and his wife were using jerky in other recipes.  Have to say that never crossed my mind – but after doing some searching found out that jerky can be used in many different recipes with many different types of dishes.

For some recipes the jerky was chopped to the consistency of bacon bits; other called for larger ‘bite-sized’ pieces.  How you were going to use it would determine the size.  Smaller pieces when used as a topper, larger pieces when used in a recipe where the jerky can be re-hydrated.

Some of the recipes we found for using jerky as an ingredient included:

  • Stews
  • Soups
  • Cornbread
  • Pasta Salads
  • Added into dips
  • Eggs
  • Sauces
  • As a topper for baked potatoes

To get you started, here are a few recipes we found on the Internet that sounded pretty good.

Beef Jerky with Eggs (Machacado con huevo) –   Get recipe here

Jerky Tomato Sauce –  Get recipe here

Ramen Noodle Dinner – Get recipe here

Fried Rice with Jerky – Get recipe here

Jerky Stew  – Get recipe here