Lamb Jerky

This lamb jerky is seasoned with oregano, soy sauce, worcestershire, garlic and onion, a great alternative to beef and perfect for healthy snacking.

When we went out west two years ago to hike through Zion, Bryce and the slot canyons, I pretty much subsisted on jerky and Clif bars. When it comes down to it, it’s really all you need to keep your body going, protein + carbs. The problem was, I swear the amount we spent on packaged jerky rivaled the cost of the flight out there. Decent jerky is pricy!

This lamb jerky is seasoned with oregano, soy sauce, worcestershire, garlic and onion, a great alternative to beef and perfect for healthy snacking.
This post is sponsored by The American Lamb Board to get you geared up for #summerlambventures where you could win $2,000 for an epic summer memory!

Sure, you can buy that stuff in the gas station/convenience store (I’ll refrain from naming names but we all know the yellow/red packaging I’m talking about) but among all packaged foods sold at a place where you also fuel up your car, that’s one of the top 5 scariest in my opinion. Is it even meat?

Lamb Jerky makes a great lean, high protein snack.

My sister in law ended up buying grass fed, local jerky and meat sticks from a farm stand, I showed up with only brands I trusted and when we laid out our spread (an entire backpack full) for the 5 days of rigorous hiking my brother had planned for us out on the hotel bed the first day, I’m pretty sure we could’ve paid for the downpayment of a house with the amount we instead invested in jerky for that trip.

Lamb Jerky is an excellent, healthy snack to keep on hand while you're working out.

I got my act together after that and started experimenting with jerky making at home with this buffalo sauce beef jerky and came to realize just how easy and affordable homemade jerky actually is.

You can be the least experienced cook out there and be able to do this. You basically just dry meat. The end. And while a dehydrator is nice to have, it’s not necessary at all and you can definitely use your oven with just as much success.

Hiking at Solitude Mountain, Utah

Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend with some blogging girlfriends at Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah. I’d never been to a ski slope in the summer and assumed there wouldn’t be much to do (although I was content to just take in the amazing mountainous Utah views from our room), but was pleasantly surprised there was actually a whole web of mountain bike and hiking trails that weaved their way up and down from the resort to the summit opening up a treasure chest of summer activity for those of us who wanted to explore. (me, me!)

Solitude mountain hiking

We went on a few group hikes which were a little more low key but Kita, Justine and I decided to take a few free hours on our last day and hike to the summit for a bit more of a workout and of course, the views. With about 2,500 feet of elevation gain, a few missing trail signs, a few more wrong turns, the blazing sun (there wasn’t a cloud in the sky the 3 days we were there!) and the fact that we only really had 2 hours to complete this adventure, you know what I could’ve used?

Some jerky.

And the water I was too stubborn to bring with me since I didn’t want to carry anything.

Rookie move.

Hiking at the summit on Solitude Mountain

So between trying to read the map (let’s just say their hiking trail maps need some improvement) to get us down the mountain before sunset, taking in the views like Silver Lake (below) and avoiding moose on the trail (she was literally like 10 feet from us just chowing down on some foliage for dinner), I started thinking about this lamb jerky.

View from the summit at Solitude Mountain, Utah

I figured if Trader Joe’s can turn bacon into jerky, I can turn delicious American lamb into it as well.

A moose on the trail at Solitude Mountain

With beef jerky you usually use a flank cut, with lamb jerky, I used a large boneless leg that I trimmed of all fat. The concept is totally the same, thinly slice the meat (freezing it for an hour or so before you slice is super helpful in getting nice thin slices), marinate/season it how you like and then dry it! Easy peasy.

I went with a bit of a Greek approach using oregano, garlic and onion in this seasoning but combined with soy sauce and worcestershire, it’s still got that traditional jerky taste you’re used to.

It came out wonderfully. Ulysses wouldn’t stop eating it straight out of the oven/dehydrator as I portioned it out into baggies for an easy grab and go, lean, high protein snack whether I’m headed to the gym or the trails.

Lamb Jerky seasoned with oregano, garlic, onion, worcestershire and soy sauce is a healthy, high protein snack to keep on hand while out and about.

The American Lamb Board is hosting a fun summer contest (#summerlambventures) to find out if you’re a Fit Foodie, Global Griller, Outdoor Adventurer or Patio Party Planner. Document and share your summer bucket list challenges for a chance to win all sorts of awesome prizes. There are some pretty awesome gift cards up for grabs for each personality as well as a grand prize of $2,000 to help pay off your summer fun! Contest ends August 28, 2016 so get out there and live summer up!

I ended up being a Fit Foodie but I swear I hover between that, Global Griller and Outdoor Adventurer. If I could CrossFit on a mountain in a foreign country, that’d pretty much be my ideal summer challenge! Of course, with some of this lamb jerky in my back pocket.

Serves 1-1 1/2 pounds     adjust servings

Lamb Jerky

Cook Time 6 hr Prep Time
Preparation 13 hr Cook Time
Total Time 19 hrs Total Time

This lamb jerky is seasoned with oregano, soy sauce, worcestershire, garlic and onion, a great alternative to beef and perfect for healthy snacking.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds boneless leg of American lamb, trimmed of all fat
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the trimmed American lamb in the freezer for about 1 hour to make it easier to slice.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.
  3. Remove the lamb from the freezer and thinly slice so the grain is running lengthwise.
  4. Place a layer of slices in a 9x13 dish.
  5. Brush the seasoning over the lamb slices.
  6. Continue layering the meat and brushing the seasoning on. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to marinate.

For dehydrator option:

  1. Place the marinated lamb slices on racks of a dehydrator and dehydrate at 145 degrees for 6 hours until dried and crispy.

For oven option:

  1. Heat oven to 175 degrees. Use convection option if you have it.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top.
  3. Place the lamb slices on the rack in a single layer, do not overlap.
  4. Bake for 4 hours until dried and crispy.

20 Comments

  1. Aggie

    I was just discussing having “good jerky” with someone this weekend, it’s such a great snack to have around. I have never even thought to make it home. This sounds delicious.
    And Park City in the summer is heavenly! I have only been in the summer and the hikes were my favorite.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      It’s seriously crazy how much jerky you can make for a FRACTION of the price of buying the good stuff. So easy too, just need the time (which is definitely the hardest part to find sometimes!)

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  2. Jayme | holly & flora

    I have a few friends, who purchase whole lambs and cows, and would LOVE this recipe. There is so much delicious, Colorado lamb out here. I’ll have to make this for gifts and for my fiance. Steve would go crazy for it. PS – your Utah photos are amazing! I’ve been dying to get out there, since it is so relatively close to where I live! Hope you had a happy 4th! :-)

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      We split a cow and pig among a few of us, I only wish I could find some local lamb too. Jealous that you have that so close by! Hope you had a great 4th too, Jayme!

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  3. Kristen

    GIna, homemade jerky is incredible. It is so much cheaper, tastes better, and isn’t filled with nitrates. And WOW what a trip. The views are stunning!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      That stubborn moose was awesome, just totally unfazed by us on the trail just feet away from her! Such a gorgeous state you get to call home :)

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  4. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    My husband and I have been DYING to make our own jerky, as we buy so much of it! We also happen to love lamb (it’s the first meal I ever made him…and then he proposed haha!) so this is PERFECT! Glad you had a good time in Utah!

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  5. Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox

    Your trip to Utah looked amazing (I followed along on SM) and like so much fun! I have to say, I’ve had all the jerkys….like everything I could think of and never once had lamb. What a great idea, can’t wait to try it!

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  6. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    Homemade jerky is so much > than store bought stuff – even the good brands! I had it once at a friends, but never ever made my own and this lamb jerky sounds amazing! Loving the Italian flavors you’ve got going on here – and WOA – that moose was so so close! What an incredible hike y’all 3 had towards the end of this blogger get together.

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  7. Catherine

    Dear Gina, I have never made my own jerky but this sounds like such a great snack and what a beautiful day for a hike. Looks so perfect out there. xo, Catherine

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  8. Linda | Brunch-n-Bites

    Sounds like you really had a good time in Utah! And these jerky…I can’t wait to try this. Our good friend is a fan of jerky, he really does and he would be thrilled if I share this recipe…or even pack it for him :)

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  9. Ashley

    Can you give a description or maybe a picture/video of exactly how you slice the meat? The grain description confused me. Thanks!!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      You just want the grain in the meat running lengthwise in each slice. Think about how you’d cut a flank steak, same idea.

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  10. kita

    Lamb lovers unite! Seriously, woot!
    I love the idea of turning lamb into jerky. And YES that would have been perfect while we were hiking :)

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