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Turkey Jerky Recipe

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (3 Reviews)


Turkey jerky
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The mild flavor of turkey makes a perfect starting point for your favorite flavors in this turkey jerky recipe. It is also lower in fat than beef jerky. Feel free to adjust the spices to suit your own tastes. If you do not own a dehydrator, you can use your oven on the lowest setting and leave the oven door slightly ajar for air circulation.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 hours

Total Time: 12 hours, 15 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons mesquite flavoring liquid
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound turkey meat, sliced thin


Combine liquid smoke, soy sauce, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mesquite flavoring, onion powder, garlic powder, and kosher salt in a large zip-top bag.

Add turkey strips to the marinade, seal, and squish to coat all the meat. Re-open the bag, squeeze out all the air, re-seal, and refrigerate 12 to 24 hours.

Remove turkey strips from marinade and gently pat off excess moisture with a paper towel. Place strips in a single layer, with space in between, on dehydrator racks. Dehydrate until turkey jerky is leathery and chewy but not crisp enough to snap when bent.

Store jerky in sealed bags in the refrigerator.
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 5 out of 5
Delicious!, Member Spubba

This was my first time making dried meat snacks, so I was nervous. I thought the marinade smelled a little odd when I mixed it up, and I wondered if it would turn out ok. I shouldn't have worried. It turned out DELICIOUS! I cut thin slices of turkey breast and used a dehydrator to prepare the meat after marinating it for 12 hours. The taste and texture came out perfect. I would definitely recommend this recipe. I'm making it again tonight because my family loves it and they devoured the first batch already!

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