Recipe: Sweet Potato Jerky Treats for Dogs

The perfect, one-ingredient treat that your dog will love!

If you haven’t realized it by now, we’re crazy about our dog, Katie. Although we know she’s a pet … not a person, she adds a whole lot of personality to our home. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like a four-legged friend to share unconditional love with one’s family!

When it comes to feeding Katie, we try to make healthier food choices that use real ingredients. That’s true for her treats as well … like these Sweet Potato Jerky treats we made for her this weekend.

One ingredient sweet potato jerky that's so delicious, you may not want to give it to your dog!
Rest assured, we don’t make treats every week. So what’s the occasion? Today happens to be Katie’s adoption day. I know it’s kind of silly, but we’ve penciled a reminder onto our calendars. Eight years ago today she came home with us, and we are so grateful to have her in our lives. It seems like just yesterday she was this tiny ball of fluff in my son’s lap.

My son, Ben, and Katie the day we picked her up.

My son, Ben, and Katie the day we picked her up.

To celebrate her adoption we usually make a homemade treat. This week I wanted to try something totally different, and I find this great recipe off The Humane Society’s website for Sweet Potato Jerky for dogs.

Let me tell you, this jerky is amazing. Yes, I’ve tried it, and I think Katie and I may have to arm-wrestle over it. 🙂

And look how simple it is!

How to Make Sweet Potato Jerky:

  1. Slice up sweet potatoes into long, thick strips. Place the strips on parchment-lined cookie sheets.

First you cut up thick slices of sweet potatoes to make sweet potato jerky.

  1. Bake the sweet potato strips in a 225 F degree oven for 3-4 hours for a more tender jerky treat, or cook them longer if you want them crunchier.

Bake your sweet potato strips for 3-4 hours at 250 degrees F to make sweet potato jerky.

  1. Cool the sweet potato jerky treats and store them in an airtight container.

Cool your sweet potato jerky treats and store them in an airtight container.

  1. Before sharing a treat with your dog, adjust the size of the pieces so they are appropriate for your dog and do not present a choking hazard. Also, always watch your dog when giving them treats.

And what’s the end result? One happy dog! Just look at Katie waiting for her homemade Sweet Potato Jerky treat! She was a little disappointed when she only got a small piece of this jerky strip.

Sweet potato jerky treats are the one ingredient treats that your dogs are sure to enjoy!

Although this jerky is so easy to make it doesn’t really need a “formal” recipe, I’ve posted one below.

Hope you and your dog enjoy these amazing, healthy, one-ingredient treats!

Cheers!

Bruce

One ingredient sweet potato jerky that's so delicious, you may not want to give it to your dog!

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Sweet Potato Jerky for Dogs
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Recipe type: Pet Treats and Food
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Serves: 16-20 strips of jerky
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
Instructions:
  1. Scrub your sweet potatoes and make sure they are free from any mold.
  2. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Using a sharp knife cut the sweet potato lengthwise into long slices that are ½ to ⅔-inches thick. I like to cut each slice in half to create two long strips from each piece.
  4. Bake sweet potato jerky in the pre-heated oven for 3-4 hours or until they reach the desired tenderness. You may want to occasionally flip the strips occasionally when they're cooking in order to help them dry out more evenly.
  5. Cool jerky and store in an airtight container. Jerky strips will last 2-3 months if crisp or 2-3 weeks if more tender.
Notes:
We recommend organic ingredients when possible.

Make sure you cut or tear the jerky strips into an appropriately sized treat for your dog. Also, always watch your dog when giving them treats to make sure they don't choke on them.

If you're making a lot of jerky or drying a lot of fruits and veggies, consider buying a food dehydrator like this deluxe 9-tray one from Excalibur.

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One ingredient sweet potato jerky that's so delicious, you may not want to give it to your dog!

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2 thoughts on “Recipe: Sweet Potato Jerky Treats for Dogs

  1. Thanks for this cool recipe. I’ve just purchased a food dehydrator, and have been having a few misses while getting the hang of it. Any tips on people recipes or storage for dehydrated foods? (for example, I made sweet potato chips that were AWESOME on day one, by day 2 they were only suitable for the dogs.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Teresa:

      So glad you liked this recipe and thank you for your comment. I’m by no means a food dehydrator expert, but storing your dehydrated foods properly is a really important part of the whole process. Airtight containers and the use of food safe oxygen absorbers will help extend the shelf life of dehydrated foods.

      Hope that helps some, Teresa!

      Cheers!
      Bruce