Welcome to the forums, Berrde... What does your name stand for BTW?
You guys are right, venison jerky is scrumptious. I've not tried the jerky gun yet, although I have a friend who does it that way and it comes out real good. Does it make a mess of the oven racks, etc? Oh and, if you added your spices along with the Tender-quick, wouldn't that allow the meat to take it the flavor a little longer? I may answer my own question here before I'm done (LOL!), but I'm thinking that marinading may not be such an issue with the ground meat... Hmmmm
I tend to over-dry mine, I guess I'm just afraid of some kind of food poisoning, so you could actually stab someone to death with a piece of it, but I like it that way.