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Air Fryer Deer Jerky

Air fryer deer jerky is a delicious healthy snack, and easy to make in an air fryer.

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Deer jerky in a wooden bowl.
Air fryer deer jerky.

How to Make Deer Jerky in an Air Fryer

Air fryer deer jerky makes an awesome snack, it is low in fat, high in protein, and easily portable, perfect for hiking, packed lunches, or picnics.

This recipe is a variation on my recipe for air fryer beef jerky. We really love both, though deer jerky is leaner and I think the earth flavor of the meat is better suited to jerky, especially with the amazing marinade in this recipe!

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Ingredients

  • Boneless venison roast: you can use any cut of venison you like. Deer is lean, and so most cuts are suitable for making jerky.
  • Marinade: the marinade in the recipe below uses Worcestershire sauce for a rich smokiness, honey for sweetness (you can substitute brown sugar), and soy sauce and onion powder. You can substitute any other meat marinade that you like (try teriyaki!)

Instructions

  • Slice the venison: The venison needs to be thinly sliced to around 1/4 inch. You can either make jerky from the full size slices of venison, or cut it into smaller strips or squares if you prefer. Remember, it will shrink in size a lot as it dehydrates.
  • Marinate the venison: mix all marinade ingredients together in a large bowl, then add the sliced venison. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or for at least 3 hours).
  • Drain and dry the venison: When it has finished marinating, drain and discard the marinade. Pat the venison dry.
  • Air fry venison until dehydrated: Place the venison strips in the air fryer basket, try to ensure it is not overlapping. Air fry at a low temperature (210°F/ 100°C) until completely dehydrated. This will take around 2-3 hours, but it is best to monitor the jerky closely after 2 hours to get the cooking time just right. It needs to reach 160°F/71°C to be safe, so check with an instant-read meat thermometer to be sure.

Recipe Card

Deer jerky in a wooden bowl.
Yield: 10 Servings

Air Fryer Deer Jerky

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

How to make deer jerky in an air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb thinly sliced boneless venison roast

Marinade

  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp chili flakes, optional, or add more if you like it spicy

Instructions

  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Cut venison slices into strips or squares.
  3. Add the venison strips to the marinade, ensure that all surfaces of the meat are covered by the marinade.
  4. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  5. Remove venison from marinade and pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Place meat strips in air fryer basket in a single layer - ensure it is not overlapping.
  7. Air fry deer jerky until completely dehydrated. Set to air fry at 210°F / 100°C for two hours, then check the jerky. If it is not completely dried out continue to air fry for 15-20 minute intervals until it is ready. It needs to reach 160°F/ 71°C to be safe [Note 1].
  8. When the jerky is ready, allow to cool completely and store in an air tight container.

Notes

  1. Check with an instant-read meat thermometer to be sure.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 859mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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