A jerky gun is a small hand held kitchen appliance that is used to form raw ground meat into thin strips or round sticks. These thin raw meat strips and sticks are then typically dehydrated into jerky via a food dehydrator or home oven. The size of the raw meat strips discharged from a jerky gun are typically 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick by up to 1 inch wide while the raw meat sticks are usually 1/2 inch in diameter.
A jerky gun is similar to a caulking gun in appearance, size, equipment parts and manner of use. A jerky gun basically consists of four major parts: