Ground Venison Sausage as Jerky?

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by dan thompson, May 12, 2012.

  1. OK, here is the deal, I have a bunch of ground sausage uncased from a deer that was processed.  I was thinking, could I make some jerky from this meat, just add cure?  I can't find anything on doing something like this and any help would be appreciated.
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First, is it frozen or is it fresh?  What kind of sausage is it; hot, breakfast, Italian, polish, etc?  
  3. IT's frozen right now, and in a mild breakfast and hot breakfast form.
  4. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    It can be done. It's hard to change from one flavor to another..

    It'd be nice to know (maybe you do) what ingredients, including cure #1 or #2 was added to the sausage. I'd do a small 1 lb test batch.  

    I bet if you added 1 tsp of black pepper, 1/2 tsp of liquid smoke, and a couple of your favorite other spices that would work with the current 'breakfast blend' then it'd be fine. You may want to try a 1/2 lb just breakfast blend jerky. 

    Use a jerky gun or parchment paper and good luck. 
  5. Thanks, I think I will try a breakfast jerky blend, I just didn't know if you could use sasuage as jerky meat.  I will try!!!
  6. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Just make sure if there was fat added to the sausage that it doesnt exceed 20 percent. Making jerkey out of ground meat is my preference. I usually do 93 percent lean.

    I wouldnt add anything else to the meat if it has already was seasoned... You could ruin it by over seasoning

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    I just tried some with ground beef, Lacking a jerky gun, I put about a pound in a zip lock bag rolled it flat ( just like I saw someone doing while making fatties), back in the fridge overnight to firm up. Cut the sides of the bag and use a wet butter knife to cut into 1" strips.

    Worked like a charm...Hope this helps, and please let us know how it comes out..


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