Turkey Jerky

The word "jerky" doesn't conjure images of health, which is why trying to make yourself a turkey jerky might not be the worst idea. The people behind beloved Chicago River North restaurant Hub 51 agree, and thats why they use free-range, organic white-meat turkey for their version. "It's an elevated version of beef jerky," says R.J. Melman, managing partner. "It's healthier, but it still pairs really well with an ice-cold beer." What's more, it's just as easy to make as a beef product. "The goal is for it to be moist and chewy, not dry and flavorless," says Melman. Just be sure to buy the best quality turkey you can find, and slice into consistently thin strips – before you drink.

Hub 51 Turkey Jerky

Yield: 8 servings


For jerky marinade:

  • 1 1/2 cups Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 3/4 tbsp onion powder

For turkey jerky:

  • 1 lb turkey breast tenders
  • 1 bowl jerky marinade

Step One
Slice the turkey breast tenders into thin strips 

Step Two
Place the strips on a sheet pan and cover with the jerky marinade.

Step Three
Let sit in the fridge for 8-12 hours.

Step Four
Place on paper towels to dry off excess liquid.

Step Five
Place in oven at 200°F for approximately 30-40 minutes, until the jerky is dry and golden.