Been making lots of jerky lately. I make large batches at a time, multiple flavors and use different kind of meats. The concept I use is very simple. I weigh the meat I'm using. Calculate out 2% salt. Add spices of the day, in this case, roasted fennel seeds, smoked paprika, espelette chili, black pepper, garlic granules and onion powder. Rub into the meat well and marinate overnight. Lay in dehydrator or smoker depending on flavor, and dry.
I like my jerky on the chewy side, so I do not dry till it snaps. Takes a while to get used to when to pull it out. It hardens a little more when it comes out of the cooker so pulling it at the right time is crucial. I'm happy with this combination of spices with the elk, marries well with the gamey love.