Venison jerky is a delicious and healthy snack that is high in protein and low in fat. It is also a great way to use up any extra venison that you may have from hunting. In this version, we used some Jarritos Mandarin to make a truly delicious and unique Venison Jerky.
Smoked Jarritos Mandarin Venison Jerky
We love making jerky at home. It allows you to control the ingredients and seasonings, resulting in a truly unique and personalized flavor. Additionally, making your own jerky can save you money compared to purchasing pre-made jerky at a store. Overall, venison jerky is a tasty and satisfying snack that is easy to make at home, especially if you have a pellet grill.
This recipe features the delicious flavors of Jarritos Mandarin. It is sweet and a perfect compliment to a jerky marinade. You can also use this recipe for beef jerky too, if you don’t have access to venison!
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Jarritos Mandarin Venison Jerky shopping list
Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- venison leg meat
- soy sauce
- brown sugar
- Jarritos Mandarin soda
- red pepper flake
- Sriracha sauce
- garlic powder
- onion powder
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How to make Venison Jerky Bites
This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.
Cut the venison up into small bite-sized pieces.
Mix together the marinade ingredients.
Put the meat in the marinade and let it marinate in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
Preheat the smoker to 170°F.
Drain the meat from the marinade and pat dry. Place onto the grill (use a grill mat for the easiest time of it). Smoke for 3 1/2 hours at 170°.
Remove from the grill and let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
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Venison Jerky Bites FAQ
Are there any substitutions for the Jarritos Mandarin soda?
Yup! You can use any kind of orange pop in this recipe. We prefer the flavor of the Mandarin the most, but get creative! We’ve made similar jerky with Dr. Pepper, Cherry Coke, and many other flavors of soda too. Make it your own!
Can you use beef for this recipe instead of venison?
Yes! You can totally use beef if you don’t have any venison handy. Use a lean cut of beef for best results. Stay clear of the chuck roasts and similar fatty/marbled cuts.
What if you don’t like any heat?
There is some mild heat to this recipe with the red pepper flakes and the sriracha. If you are super sensitive to heat you can reduce or skip these ingredients. It isn’t super spicy though, so I’d encourage you to give it a try!
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- 3 pounds venison leg meat
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1 cup Jarritos Mandarin soda
- 1 tablespoons red pepper flake
- 3 tablespoons sriracha sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Cube the venison leg meat into bite-sized chunks.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large container. Submerge the meat into the marinade and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
- Preheat your smoker to 170°. Remove the meat from the marinade and pat dry.
- Place the jerky chunks either on a grill mat or directly on the grill grates. (The grill mat is more convenient, but not required.)
- Let the meat smoke for 3 1/2 hours at 170°F.
- Remove from the grill and let cool. Keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 609Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 197mgSodium: 2690mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 78g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.