It’s no secret that many dads out there are jerky fanatics, and if your dad is one of them, anything jerky-related is bound to be an excellent gift. And, let’s face it, we all want to impress with our presents! That’s why we prepared this in-depth Father’s Day gift guide for dads who love jerky. Here you will find a list of essentials for anyone who wants to make jerky at home—from powerful food dehydrators to seasoning that gives the snack its trademark flavor and everything in between. You’re sure to ace the gift game with any of these items!
The tried and true staple item for every jerky making enthusiast, the Nesco FD-61WHC dehydrator is affordable, powerful, and perfect for beginners who want to try their hand at dehydrating. This food dehydrator boasts 500 watts of drying power and will ensure you’re able to dry batches of jerky in hours instead of days. What makes it a perfect match for jerky enthusiasts is that this budget-friendly dehydrator comes with its own jerky gun with 3 tips, as well as a pack of 5 jerky spices and cures. Meat excluded, you’ll get everything you need to make mouthwatering jerky with just one purchase! Not only that; this food dehydrator is great for making jerky, but its various add ons and the versatility of this gadget will also allow you to make a variety of different dried foods with the same success.
A lot of people prefer beef jerky made from ground meat rather than the classic sliced dried meat or whole muscle jerky. If your dad is one of those people, he probably already has a jerky gun. Jerky guns are filled with previously ground lean meat and spices for making strips of delicious meat snacks—often less chewy and with a texture that many find they like better than the tough whole muscle. But, before you get to that part, you’ll need to make sure your piece of lean meat is finely ground for the gun. The Turboforce 3000 electric meat grinder is a tool anyone should have at their home, especially a person who makes their own jerky at home.
If a plain old Snackmaster simply doesn’t cut it as a gift for the dad of the year, consider splurging on the best-selling Excalibur 9-Tray Food Dehydrator. There is a reason why Excalibur’s dehydrators are considered to be the industry’s standard. From the make to the performance, everything about this food dehydrator is quality. The 15 square feet of drying space that 9 trays give you makes sure you get a lot of room for drying jerky—and more jerky is a win in anyone’s book.
While some like ground beef jerky, others think that whole muscle jerky is more superior. The thinly sliced lean meat, usually marinated for a day before dehydration, makes for a spectacularly chewy, richly flavored snack. So, unless the dad in question is a hunter (in which case his venison jerky will be cut up professionally in no time), he’ll need the proper knife to make those perfect jerky slices. Dubbed as ‘the ultimate jerky slicing knife’, this 10-inches solid steel, razor-sharp blade is definitely up to the task.
If you really think about it, you can’t just get someone a slicing knife without a cutting board to match it. Well, you can, but if you really want to wow your jerky-loving papa with your gift, you have to show that you put some thought and effort into it. This x-large bamboo cutting board is perfect for slicing meats, as it is spacious enough to make strips of all sizes without having to squeeze it in. Plus, the organic bamboo used for making the board is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and BPA-free—everything you’d want from a cutting board that’s going to be in a lot of contact with raw meat.
Unless you’re gifting the Nesco’s Snackmaster that comes with the jerky gun included, a beef jerky gun or cannon is an excellent present for all the jerky loving fathers out there. The Judge Jerky Gun is a best-selling, all-around favorite meat drying accessory. The two jerky tubes that you get have a 2.7 pounds of capacity and come with two types of extruder nozzles for flat and round strips of jerky. The tubes are made from corrosion resistant anodized aluminum and the extruders are stainless steel—everything feels high end and it’s guaranteed to be durable. The gun also includes an extra-long cleaning brush to make the cleaning part as easy as the actual jerky making part of the process.
If you prefer dehydrators with clear sides that allow you to monitor the process of drying to make sure that the results are perfect to a T (a.k.a you have a perfectionist dad), check out Presto’s budget-friendly but impressive food dehydrator. The see-through cover will give your maestro the chance to keep an eye on his prized cuts while the bottom-mounted fan powered by 600 watts of power turns them into delicious jerky snacks. The four drying racks do offer slightly less room per batch, but for most average users, this entry-level food dehydrator is more than enough.
Unless you’re getting a great deal and buying one of Nesco’s dehydrators that come with jerky spices and cure included, you’ll need to get the cure separately to make perfect jerky. Some prefer to make their own, but others rely on pre-made mixes to give them the flavor that makes their mouth water. Eastman Outdoors popular seasoning and cure packs come in various flavors to suit everyone’s preferences: Fiery Teriyaki, Hickory, Mesquite, Original Flavor, Spicy Jalapeno, Sweet BBQ, Sweet Habanero, and Whiskey Pepper.