Humans are not the only ones who love jerky. Our furry friends also love to chew on a bit of this tasty snack – but, when making homemade jerky for your special friend, you’ll need to use a different recipe since some of the ingredients in human jerky may be harmful to canines. And, as a special caution, check with your pet’s veterinarian before feeding them any jerky snacks.
We’ve done a bit of searching on the Internet and found the following recipes. Interesting most of the dog jerky recipes seem to be made with chicken – but we’ve also included one for beef and one for liver. Liver jerky???
When making jerky treats for your pet, no special equipment is needed. Just use the same dehydrators and store as you would any jerky you would make for yourself. Might add, you can eat Fido’s jerky as well – just don’t let him catch you eating it.
Chicken Jerky No. 1
For this recipe all you need is three (3) boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Three pounds of raw meat equal about one pound of jerky.
- Wash chicken breasts, remove all bits of fat and pat dry.
- Using a sharp knife or meat slicer, slice chicken into 3/8 – 1/4 inch strips. Place breasts in the freezer for about 1 hour, this will make them easier to slice.
- Place slices on dehydrator racks without touching.
- Turn dehydrator on and set to 160 degrees.
- Dehydrate for approximately 3 hours.
Note: This jerky can be made soft or hard. The three hours will produce ‘soft’ jerky; for hard jerky extend the drying time, but keep a watchful eye on the pieces.
For all the scoop of this jerky, visit chicken dog jerky.
Chicken Jerky No. 2  – Basically the same as above, but has instructions for making in a home oven. Chicken Jerky no. 2.
Chicken Jerky No. 3  – Made with peanut butter and soy sauce. Chicken jerky no. 3.
Chicken Jerky No. 4  – Made with vegetable oil Chicken jerky no. 4.
Beef Jerky for Dogs*  – Made using both lean ground beef and calf liver. Beef jerky for dogs.
Beef and chicken Jerky  – Instructions for making in home oven. Beef and chicken jerky for dogs.
Liver (or any other organ meat) Jerky  – Illustrated directions. Liver/organ jerky for dogs.
* Put parchment paper on the bottom of the dehydrator for an easier clean-up.
Disclaimer: Please note, that while we’ve placed the recipes above for your convenience, we have not tried making any of these jerkies and the visitor/pet owner should review the complete recipe and instructions on the third-party website links provided. Perfect Jerky will not be responsible for any errors or omissions made by these third-party websites/blogs and visitor understands that the decision to make jerky to feed their pet is at their sole discretion.
By David Moncrief