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Ninja Foodi or Air Fryer Venison Jerky Recipe

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A Venison Jerky Recipe that can be made in a Ninja Foodi, Air Fryer or even a classic dehydrator. Tender and flavorful deer meat transformed into homemade venison jerky.

My husband makes this venison jerky recipe each and every year. It is an easy venison recipe that you and your family will love. Try my venison roast recipe as well.

venison jerky falling out of metal bowl and cutting board

If you enjoy wild game and homemade jerky, this recipe for air fryer jerky is a no-brainer.

Ingredients Needed

  • Deer roast – Sliced thin, make sure to remove any silver on the meat.

How to Easily Remove Silver Skin From Deer Meat

The key to a tender and less chewy jerky is taking the time to remove the silver skin. Work with partially frozen deer meat, it is so much easier to hold and slice.

Then use a sharp knife to cut off any silver skin you see on your cut of meat. The silver skin is the silver-white parts of the meat.

Silverskin is very tough and will make your jerky chewy. It adds prep time but it is highly worth it in the end result.

close up of deer meat sliced on cutting board

How to Make

deer jerky in air fryer oven

Can You Dehydrate Jerky Too Long

Yes, this is something you want to be aware of. We cook our jerky until it is becoming a bit stiffer in texture and you can tear it easily.

You will find the edges of the jerky will be slightly crispier, but the inside will be tender. You are welcome to cook your jerky to any type of texture you prefer.

Expert Tips For Cutting Up Venison

  • Work with partially frozen meat. It will slice easier.
  • Remove all silver skin from meat for a less chewy jerky.
  • Marinade for 24 hours to ensure meat cures. Make sure to massage the bag a few times to help incorporate it.
  • Don’t let pieces of jerky touch when you lay it out in Air Fryer Or Foodi.
  • Flip the venison jerky halfway through the dehydrating to check it.
holding a piece of venison jerky in hand


Can you make deer jerky in the air fryer?

our air fryer or Ninja Foodi! You just lower the setting to 160-180 degrees and it will dehydrate the meat. I also made Deer Jerky in my Instant Pot Duo Crisp.

Can I use beef instead of deer meat for this recipe?

You sure can use a beef roast in replace of deer meat if you would like. Prep the meat the same and season and marinade as well. Then cook until the jerky reaches the texture you would like.

What cut of venison is best for jerky?

Venison is great because almost any cut of the deer meat can be used for making jerky. We prefer to use a roast or meat from the hind legs.

How Long Do You Cook Venison In An Air Fryer?

For our meat that we sliced up, it took 3-4 hours total. Now, depending on the thickness of your meat will greatly affect the time it takes to cook your jerky. Air Fryer venison jerky is so easy to do!

Why Marinade Venison Jerky for 24 Hours?

We use Hi-Mountain seasoning, this has preservatives in it to help preserve the jerky. So for it to reach the max potential it has to be marinaded for 24 hours. This is a super easy venison jerky marinade that we use.
Then we use 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke per pound of deer meat we do. You can do a rough estimate on how much meat you have at the end.

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Air Fryer Venison Jerky Recipe

Yield: 1-2 lbs
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 4 hours 30 minutes

Air Fryer Venison Jerky is so easy to make. You can make this recipe in your dehydrator or Ninja Foodi. This is a wonderful and simple deer jerky recipe.


  • 3-5 pounds deer roast (or do more if you would like)
  • Hi-Mountain cure and jerky mix or another brand
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke PER pound of meat


  1. First you want to start by slicing your roast into thin strips, and removing any silver skin on each piece of the meat.
  2. Lay it all out flat, and then mix up your seasoning per the box. Sprinkle on both sides of the meat, massaging it in.
  3. Then transfer the meat into a bag and add in the liquid smoke. 1 teaspoon per pound of meat you have. Massage bag.
  4. Store in the fridge for 24 hours to let it marinade and cure.
  5. Lay the jerky out on your air fryer trays, don't let the pieces touch. Then cook at 160 degrees for 3-4 hours. Make sure to flip and randomly check, and remove the meat when it is cooked to your texture liking.


Dehydrator - If you own a dehydrator you can cook your jerky on that as well. Just follow the instructions that came with your dehydrator. Then cook until the meat is done, and pulls apart easily with no raw meat in the center.

How to Store- Store your deer jerky in a bag in the fridge. Or opt to freeze it for up to three months.

Seasoning - You can use any seasoning you would like. We have just always used High Mountain.

Liquid Smoke - Hickory, Teriyaki or any other flavor works great. Or if you want you can leave it out.

Temperature - Depending on the type of air fryer you own you might have to cook at 165-170. If so reduce the cook time.

Silver skin - Make sure to cut off the white-silver skin on the meat. Otherwise, this will make your jerky very tough and hard to eat. It takes more time but it is worth it.

Marinade - Your jerky needs to marinade for 24 hours in the fridge. A few times massage the bag so that you can begin to mix up the seasoning and liquid smoke. This helps to ensure all the pieces of meat get an even coating.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 60g
venison jerky sitting on a wooden cutting board


Saturday 13th of March 2021

Is this 160/180°c or f for the air fryer temperature


Saturday 13th of March 2021

Some air fryers don't go all the way down to 160- that is why if yours doesn't you can do 180 degrees.

Tammy K Burleson

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Hi, this looks wonderful, thank you for sharing. I just have a quick question though, I am getting the Instant Vortex plus air fryer this weekend and I have some elk. Would I use this recipe on the air fry setting or on dehydrate? Would it change the time or temperature if I used dehydrate setting? Thank you


Thursday 18th of February 2021

I would think it would have no issues swapping Venison with Elk since they are very similar. In terms of setting if you can do the dehydrate, but it can work on the air fryer setting if the temperature is right.

Then depending on the thickness of your elk slices will vary in the cooking time of when it is done. I hope that helps! Good luck!!

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