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How to Make Wild Turkey Jerky

Still have some leftover turkey from spring? Use this recipe and it will disappear fast.

Wild turkey can be the most fun and challenging hunts you can ever be on. Regrettably, they can also be a challenge to cook to everyone’s liking. Everyone likes jerky so with your leftover turkey breast fire up a smoker and start cooking.

If you don’t have a smoker you can fashion one from and old grill. All you need is something to hold the charcoal and to seal up the bottom; I just use aluminum foil. It’s not perfect, but it will get the job done.

Marinade Ingredients

  • 5 Tablespoons salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 5 teaspoons pepper
  • 2-1/2 cups Worcestershire sauce
  • Splash of merlot or cooking sherry.
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons red Chile pepper
  • ½ cup honey


  1. Mix all ingredients well (a blender is optional).
  2. Marinate turkey for at least 24 hours
  3. Slice all pieces 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick to make sure all pieces are finished cooking at the same time.
  4. Place on your smoker; make sure none of the pieces are touching each other.
  5. Cook in the smoker at 225 degrees for 2 to 3 hours with your favorite flavor wood.
  6. Cooking time may vary depending on how dry you like your jerky.


This is actually a pretty easy and amazing recipe. I have also done this with chicken if you don’t have enough turkey. But, to be honest, once you try this jerky you will never have enough.


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How to Make Wild Turkey Jerky