We got this recipe from a friend of my husband's that had a meat processing plant & made dried beef. We tried it with deer & is even better than beef. We use it on sandwiches or in appetizer recipes,or use it in grill cheese sandwiches, etc.
While picture appears raw, it is actually not. It is fully cooked & cured.
We also make smoked pork butts or smoked pork loins with this same recipe, only smoke until the internal temperature is lower.
1Use deer roasts cut from the hind quarters & loins of deer. Trim & remove all outer silver skin.
2Mix dry seasoning & water in gallon pail. **Can get dry seasoning from Sausage Maker, online. We buy ours in Des Moines, but I see now that Sausage Maker has it.
3Put meat in net bags for hanging & smoking. Inject liquid into meat from every angle so that it is thoroughly distributed inside the meat. Cure in fridge in covered container for 7 days. I put these in a deep hotel pan & cover the pan with plastic wrap & then invert a shallow hotel pan on top of it.
4At the end of 7th day,set out on counter the night before you smoke it to get to room temp. So... if you inject it on a Monday morning, then the next Sunday night before you go to bed, set it out to room temp.
5Smoke meat @ 130 ° for 2 ½ hours, With smoke on it.Take away the smoke chips,& increase temperature to 175° for 6 more hours or so until internal temperature of meat is 156°. Hams should only be about 136°. May take longer. May take less.
6Take meat off & immerse meat in a sink of ice water to bring the internal temp. of meat down, to stop the cooking process. When cooled off, drain & return to fridge to cool overnight. Next day, remove the netting & slice thin on electric slicer. Slice against the grain, not with the grain. I freeze in 1# pkgs. Double wrap with freezer paper or vacuum pack it.
7IF DOING PORK: We use a pork butt & remove bone & cut in half. Follow all steps above, except internal temp. should only get to 140° We freeze it whole & use as a small ham.
8ALSO POR LOIN: Follow all steps above , except temp. should be 140°. The loins, we slice thin & freeze also & when ready to use, just heat in oven on a broiler pan with water in the lower pan & cover with foil, to just steam it slightly. Then place several heated slices on warm hamburger bun or hoagie & slather with thin, warmed BBQ sauce, like at Arby's.