Honey BBQ Jerky Sticks

We all love the snap of a jerky stick while sitting in the blind, driving in the truck or watching a ball game, but we hate looking at the labels and not knowing how to pronounce half the ingredients. Here is a simple Honey BBQ recipe that will turn your wild turkey, or any other game meat, into a delicious and quick snack stick. 

Ingredients: 
2 pounds wild turkey (More if you have it, I use thighs and legs) 
3 Tbsp Granulated honey 
1 tsp sugar 
1 Tbsp Garlic powder 
1 tsp cracked pepper 
1 tsp smoked paprika 
1 Tbsp onion powder 
1/2 tsp celery salt 
1/2 tsp molasses
1/2 tbsp of liquid smoke if not using smoker to dry. 
1 tbsp quick cure 

Directions: 

  1. Start out by grinding your turkey meat through the largest grind plate you have. I use a #32.
  2. Mix in all ingredients. Once fully mixed, place in ziploc bag and put in the fridge for 12-24 hours. This will allow all the flavors to meld and the meat firm up with the sugars and honey. 
  3. Preheat smoker or oven to 150-160.
  4. Using a jerky gun, or pipping bag (like you would use for cake decorating), make even lines on your grill grate.
  5. Probe one stick for this will be your temp guide. 
  6. Smoke on low until it reaches 145 degrees. This should take 2-3 hours. Drop temp and smoke until meat reaches 155. Pull and let rest 10 minutes.
  7. Place in clean ziplock and put in fridge. This is a key step as it stops the cooking process. 
  8. After 1 hour in fridge, eat and enjoy. 

Sticks will last 4-5 days out of fridge, 3 weeks in fridge and 6-8 months freezer. 

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