In the summer the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven to bake dog treats.
It’s just been way to hot at Casa de Kolchak to turn on the oven and let’s be honest? When it’s nice outside, I’d rather be off enjoying life with my dogs than cooped up in the kitchen making homemade dog treats. The good news is, there’s another way! Dehydrator dog treats are perfect to make in the hot weather.
Dehydrator dog treats are my summer go to recipe.
Because a dehydrator works by circulating warm, but not roasty hot air, the machine doesn’t generate a ton of heat, plus I have power on my deck, so I can plug that suck in outside and avoid running it indoors altogether.
Usually, when I make dog treats in the dehydrator I don’t worry to much about pre-cooking the meat. Yes, not cooking it through can leave behind traces of bacteria, like salmonella, but since my dogs are raw fed (and I believe the canine system is much better equipped to handle these bacteria than our human systems are), this slight risk doesn’t cause me a lot of concern. In the summer however, when the heat and especially the humidity are high, it takes me longer than usual to dry out our treats and I feel better knowing the meat was cooked through prior to drying it.
I still don’t want to turn on the oven though and thus, BBQ DIY Dog Chews were created.
Chances are the BBQ becomes the food prep MVP of your home during the summer. Most people I know use it several times a week and so, it was the easiest most logical choice for our latest dog treat recipe, which is super easy and drives my dogs absolutely WILD.
Since it’s already on, there’s no extra pan or tray to clean up. It won’t heat up the house and WHO DOESN’T LOVE BBQ?!
- 3 lbs. Lean Pork Loin (You can substitute chicken, beef, fish or another lean protein, if you prefer)
- Optional Marinade:
- 3/4 c minced Sage or Parsley
- 1 cup real Maple Syrup (not the flavoured sugar/corn syrup alternatives)
- 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
If desired, stir together Maple Syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Soy Sauce and Sage or Parsley.
Slice Pork Loin into generous 1/4" - 3/8" medallions. Place pork slices in a Ziploc bag or covered dish and place in the fridge to marinate over night.
Heat the BBQ to medium heat. (Ideally, you can cook your own dinner, then toss these on while the BBQ cools down!) Place pork medallions on the grill and cook 2 - 4 minutes per side, until pork is cooked through.
Remove pork from BBQ and place in the dehydrator. Turn to 165F or the "meat" setting. Dry for 8 - 12 hours until chews are firm and non-pliable. Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place. Do not refrigerate or freeze, as the moisture will rehydrate chews and cause them to spoil faster.
Fully dried treats, if properly stored, will keep fir up to three months, though you'll probably run out of them long before that!
Not a pork fan? We gotchoo covered. Check out all of our great dehydrator dog treat recipes here or help your pooch cool down with a homemade frozen dog treat.
What is your go to homemade dog treat to make when the weather is warm?