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Vegan jerky is perfect for a camping trip, after a workout, as a high-protein snack, or—scratch that: It’s always a perfect time for vegan jerky. All you need is a dehydrator and a few ingredients—and you’re on your way.

Here are 8 recipes that showcase all the beautiful possibilities:


Why it’s great: Prep time is only 10 minutes, and like mushrooms, eggplants are flavor sponges.

Flavor notes: liquid smoke, tamarind, and soy sauce


Why it’s great: Jackfruit is the new tofu because of its out-of-this-world texture.

Flavor notes: maple syrup, paprika, and black pepper


Why it’s great: The author of this recipe recreated the flavor of bottled barbeque sauce.

Flavor notes: liquid smoke, garlic, soy sauce, tomato, and cayenne pepper

Portobello Mushroom

Why it’s great: Mushrooms have a naturally chewy consistency and readily absorb other flavors.

Flavor notes: tamari, maple syrup, and chili powder


Why it’s great: Drenching cauliflower in tahini helps to create the right texture.

Flavor notes: tahini, Sriracha, and vegetable broth


Why it’s great: It’s a very simple recipe, because the watermelon flavor does most of the work.

Flavor notes: lime and cayenne pepper


Why it’s great: This recipe is a sweet treat, perfect for fall.

Flavor notes: maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger


Why it’s great: Hearty seitan soaks up flavor and is high in fiber and protein.

Flavor notes: tamari, ginger, and garlic

If you’ve made it this far, you’ll also want to see our favorite brands of vegan jerky.

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