Coyote Jerky

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Introduction: Coyote Jerky

About: I am a trapper, crafter, and creator of the bizarre!

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Now let's get started!

You might remember me as the lady who published the Possum Jerky Instructable, and I'm now back with another unique version of this tasty wild game recipe! This time, instead of opossum meat, I have used coyote meat, along with a few other added ingredients.

Coyote is another species that is not known for being edible, however when properly handled and prepared, it can taste just as good as lean beef!

Here is what you'll need:

  • One coyote, freshly harvested. A local trapper may be able to provide you with one if you don't hunt or trap, yourself.
  • Sharp knife
  • Rope or skinning gambrel, to string up the animal for preparation
  • Oven or meat dehydrator
  • Container for marinade



    Marinade Ingredients:
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Soy sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • McCormick "Smokehouse Maple" Seasoning
  • McCormick Pork Rub (or, brown sugar, onion powder, and chili pepper mixed together to make your own)

Step 1: Properly Handling Coyotes & Their Meat

This step may be disregarded if you have obtained an already-harvested coyote. However, if you catch your own coyote, understand that this is an intense and often aggressive animal when approached. Move cautiously when approaching one and dispatch it with a single shot to the head, which is clean, humane, and will not damage the meat.

Skin the coyote as soon as possible, or at least remove the organs if you cannot get it skinned right away. The coyote is a predator species with a lot of bacteria in its digestive system, and this bacteria can start to cause rapid decay if the carcass is not handled quickly enough. If you skin a coyote and notice any green coloration around the belly or sides, do not eat the meat.
Only the freshest, cleanest, healthiest-appearing animals should be chosen for safe consumption!

Step 2: Prepare the Meat

The first photo shows an outline of where to find the best cuts of meat on a coyote. The backstrap is the most tender, flavorful cut so I would reccomend using this for your jerky. The legs can be more sinewy and are best cut into smaller pieces for stew meat.

To begin, hang the animal up by its hind legs, and make an incision from one ankle to the other. Work the hide downwards like a tube and cut it off at the nose cartilage. The hide can be put in the freezer for another project at a later date!

After your coyote is skinned, cut out the long strips of meat along the back (as seen in the second photo), and then remove the legs if desired.

For jerky making, put the meat in the freezer until it feels firm (but not frozen solid) this will make it easier to cut into thin, even strips.

Step 3: Marinate and Dehydrate

Apologies for lack of photos here, but the process is easy to describe: After your meat has been cut into thin strips, add equal parts Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and apple cider vinegar, enough to entirely cover the meat.

Add salt and pepper, maple seasoning, and pork rub seasoning to taste. Mix the seasoned marinade thoroughly into the meat strips and place in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. After this time, you'll notice the meat has turned a darker color, meaning it has soaked in the marinade and is ready to dehydrate.

Place your coyote strips in a dehydrator at it's highest meat setting, and allow to cook for 4 to 6 hours, checking it at least halfway through the process and turning the pieces over if needed.

For oven cooking, set the oven at 200 degrees and allow to cook for the same amount of time, but with the oven door slightly propped open to allow for proper air flow and drying. Again, check on it at least halfway through and remove any smaller pieces that may have dried before the others.

Step 4: Finish and Enjoy!

After your coyote meat has been thoroughly dried, remove it from oven or dehydrator and allow to cool to room temperature. It's now safe and tasty to eat, and many people are surprised at how good this "wild dog" can taste after it's been spiced up and cooked to perfection!

It's a healthy, all-natural snack and better yet, the entire animal can be used if you kept that pelt aside - I even made the skin of this same coyote into a taxidermy mount ...but that's an Instructable for another time! ;)

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    TrapperEllie, this looks really good which I’ll get my friends that are able to hunt now for them to get some coyotes.

    If you get a chance being we have a new predator now that’s worse than coyotes in South Florida, I sure would like some ideas on possibly python as what is good for jerky and other meals.

    We have restaurants that are making specialty pizzas called the Everglades special which has gator tail,frog legs, and python but they won’t $100.00 per slice!

    If you get a chance to try it, please share it. Now, I’ve been making beef sticks using spice packs from other companies that taste like slim Jim’s. Would these also work on the coyote or is it to gamie tasting?

    When I saw your profile pic I'm all like "Awwwww a little puppy doggie" just because I'm mature like that

    Looks good, just try not to Wolf it down...

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    If you have never tried it, you should. Just because it is Canis latrans from the canine family doesn't mean you shouldn't eat it. Coyote makes a fine meal.

    WOW! Another mind opener on instructables. Now if you were only about 50 years older, now wait a moment, I wouldn't wish that on you. Try again. If I were only 50 years younger ! That sounds better doesn't it?

    Moose, caribou and bear we have and enjoyed.

    We have only been invaded by this species (coyote) only a few years ago, so with your permission I will spread this instructable as far and wide as I can.

    Perhaps I might be fortunate enough to receive a taste.

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    Thanks! You can share this anywhere you'd like :)

    This a wonderful post. The back straps looks like a great piece of meat. Good to see an animal that is usually only utilized for it's skin providing table fare too.

    I have actually already made a video like that!
    And as you can see, I put my hand in many different varieties of commonly used steel traps and absolutely none have broken my arm or caused any sort of extreme pain. Hopefully this helps give you a better understanding of how these traps work!

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    Wow. Trap-fu. Glad you're okay!

    You can eat anything you want. Why are people commenting that they didn't know the animal could be eaten?

    Respect! I love it when people prove me wrong.

    I am a hunter but it seems entirely cruel and unsporting to use a trap that catches the foot of the animal, which could be stuck there for many hours in SEVERE PAIN before it is found. I'm pretty sure these traps are 100% illegal in the UK for that reason. Furthermore, in my training as a deer stalker, we were instructed to 'minimise the pain and suffering of the animal', which means, in a lot of cases, not taking the shot unless we were 100% sure of killing the animal instantly.

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    These traps don't cause "severe pain". I can stick my own hand in one, and though it's a tight grip, there is no real pain, especially since these traps have a rubber padding on the jaws. And it's not "unsporting" at all. To even catch a coyote in one of these traps is a huge challenge, in that the animal has thousands of acres to roam freely, and to get him to step on just a specific 2-inch circle of ground over the trap trigger, is simply not an easy feat! Many people think we just toss traps on the ground and catch whatever walks by. But it simply doesn't work that way. It requires time, effort, dedication, and a knowledge of the target species and it's habits, habitat, and travel patterns to even have a chance of catching it at all.

    Please understand that a coyote is not a dog. Even though it may look like one, and is a canine, it is not the same species as a domestic dog and is not in any way tame or companionable. They are wild animals and they can pose a threat to livestock and native wildlife which is why I trap them.

    Also, I've been flagging many comments here as "Not Nice" because they do not correspond with Instructables' policy which asks for comments to be positive and constructive. So if you disagree with this subject, please just click the "back" button and move on to viewing a different Instructable that better suits your interests. Thank you!

    As far as traps go, I'd much rather see a contest with a lot of hunters, but I know that it's not so easy to defend against Wile E. for 24 hours every day (unless maybe you have a drone with the right programming, and that would be illegal in the USA). The problem that I've heard is that you have to get them all or they will be back. There are interesting Native American stories about children having a Spirit Dog (coyote) "companion", though. About 55 years ago I visited someone who had arctic wolves living around his cabin with no fence that were allowed to roam and hunt almost anywhere they wanted, but there weren't so many people bopping through the forests back then. I would have been a quick snack as a 6 year old kid even with my parents present if there wasn't some kind of social recognition. I wonder if a coyote has ever shared their food with a human. Probably a rare situation, if ever.

    Thank you for the fantastic Instructable! I'd say Waaaaaaaaaaaaah! in your honor, but my cousin could better represent than me. His nickname was "Coyote" during the 1960s, for a good reason.

    This is quite interesting, never thought about making Coyote into jerky. I will say that I have a couple of Coyote hides and they are some of my favorite. Thanks for sharing!

    Shut up man you should go get a life.. JK

    Yay! I was just wondering when you were going to post another project! I had no idea you could eat coyote, but it's great you can use the entire animal!