“Who wants to go camping in Bakersfield?!” I must have really amazing and devoted friends. I was planning this camping trip around our farm tour in Kingsburg up north. Camping in Cow Town, ahem, I mean Bakersfield, was one of the few options and yet I still I had all kinds of friends who were interested in going!
So my friends and I were planning on venturing north up Interstate 5 somewhere between Mexico and Canada to go on a backstage tour of an Abundant Harvest Farm (The company I am currently working for) A farm tour in the spring, baby animals, free samples of organic produce and oh yeah, also camping and fishing along the way; sounds like an awesome quick little getaway, right?
Except there appeared to be no tent camping, only RV camping in Kingsburg where the farm was located. I looked into us taking a detour to Sequoia National Park and camping there for a night (It’s only forty-five minutes out-of-the-way) but the camp sites they have and the good hiking spots are farther into the park and with our limited amount of getaway time it just wouldn’t be reasonable time wise.
Luckily we discovered some camping site at Pyramid Lake, about halfway to Kingsburg and we would still be able to camp in a mountain setting and not Cow Town.
It does not matter where you are camping, be at the mountains, the desert or Cow Town, this premade Buffalo Style Turkey Jerky is absolutely fantastic!
Buffalo Style Turkey Jerky with Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dip
Did you know that buttermilk is extremely low in fat? I didn’t believe it either and found it really surprising as blue cheese dressing is known to have a lot of fat in it! This blue cheese dressing is mainly buttermilk with a little Greek yogurt added as well as blue cheese and use your favorite hot sauce. (I used a Serrano chili version I bought on Amazon)
Buffalo Style Turkey Jerky
1 pound turkey tenders, sliced about as thin as you can
1 cup Franks Buffalo Sauce
2 tsp ghee
Mix the Buffalo Sauce and the ghee in a in a plastic bag. Put the turkey pieces in the bag for 6-12 hours (in the fridge)
Spray your dehydrator trays with coconut nonstick spray. Layer the turkey on the dehydrator. Turn on for 2-4 hours until the turkey has no moisture left.
You can also make this turkey jerky in the oven if you don’t have a dehydrator. Set the oven temp at 150, put a towel in the oven door so that the oven will go to a lower temperature (Ideally 130) If your oven can be set at 130 skip this step. Put the turkey jerky in the oven for five hours at 130. If it is not as dry as you like it leave it in another hour.
Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dip
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp your favorite hot sauce
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp fresh parsley
Combine all in a food processor.