Homemade Beef or Venison Jerky

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Appears in
I Hear America Cooking

By Betty Fussell

Published 1986

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Captain Clark spelled it “jurk” and sometimes used it as a noun and sometimes as a verb. It came from an Indian word for sun-dried meat, charqui. I’ve a number of hunting friends who make venison jerky by cutting the meat into strips, brining them, and then smoking them instead of sun-drying them. Cooking Alaskan warns against jerking game like bear, walrus, or wild pig because of the danger of trichinosis, but theoretically an