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Venison Recipes Your Family Will Love

 Updated: Nov 9rd, 2020
Venison Jerky

As the air gets cooler and the leaves change colors, you know it's time to pull out the blaze orange and get your gear ready for another hunting season. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or if this is your first time venturing out into the woods, it's easy to get amped up for that first kill of the season. Whether you harvest one deer or multiple this year, get ready to fill your freezer and prepare any of these delicious venison recipes for yourself, your friends, or your family. Take advantage of the many different cuts a deer provides by matching each section with a tailor-made recipe that maximizes the flavor of the cut.

South of the Border Sloppy Joes

South of the Border Sloppy Joes

From: Scott Leysath at The Sporting Chef

Vension cut: Any finely diced section

A twist on a classic meal, this recipe combines messy, delicious sloppy joes with spicy taco flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground of finely diced venison (about 2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup celery, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2/3 cup tomato salsa
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tequila (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • warm corn or flour tortillas
  • chopped red onion
  • Shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion, peppers and celery and cook until onions are translucent.
  2. Add cubed meat to pan. Once browned, stir in garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, cumin, salsa, lime juice, brown sugar and tequila. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 90 minutes. Stir in cilantro and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon meat onto tortillas, top with onion and cheese.
Grilled venison thai noodle salad

Grilled Venison Thai Noodle Salad

From: Scott Leysath at The Sporting Chef

Vension cut: Loin, tenderloin or hindquarter

Give your venison dish an Asian flare and pull the grill out of hibernation for this refreshing noodle salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds venison loin, tenderloin, or trimmed hindquarter
  • 1 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • tomato wedges
  • pinch or two Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro

Marinade and Dressing

  • 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 cloves garlic
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger, peeled and sliced
  • cooked noodles

Instructions

  1. Combine dressing/marinade ingredients and mix well. Divide mixture in half.
  2. Place venison in a glass or plastic container or zipper-lock plastic bag. Pour one-half of reserved marinade mixture over. Toss to coat and refrigerate for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. Remove venison from marinade, place on a hot grill or skillet (or in a 250 degree smoker) and cook until the internal temperature is 135 – 140 degrees. Allow venison to cool and slice across the grain into thin strips.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together sliced venison, cucumber, onion, tomato wedges, salt, pepper and all but a couple of tablespoons of the reserved marinade. Toss remaining marinade with the noodles. Mound noodles on plates and spoon salad mixture over.
Venison stew

Venison Jerky

From:Raschell Rule at Game and Fish

Venison cut: Loin, tenderloin, steak

Delicious and full of flavor, jerky is an age-old, tried-and-true method of preserving meat that remains a fantastic way to make your venison go farther.

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds of venison, preferably larger cuts
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian hot paprika (adjust for your preferred hotness level)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Worchestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Trim any fat off your cuts, and slice them into 4-inch strips roughly between a quarter and a half-inch thick. Partially freezing the meat makes it easier to cut. Pound it lightly and set it aside as you prepare the marinade.
  2. Combine the rest of the dry and wet ingrediants and mix well. Pour over the venison strips, then cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Line a cookie tray with foil and place the venison strips on the sheet, taking care not to overlap the meat.
  4. Preheat the open to 15-174 degrees or the lowest teamperature it has. Bake for 3 hours, then turn the strips over and bake for another 3 hours until meat is dried out.
Venison stew

Venison Stew with Dumplings

From:Rick and Jen at Food for Hunters

Venison cut: Stew meat or roast

Perfect for cold winter evenings, this hearty venison stew is easy to make and will satisfy everyone at your dinner table. Serve it with some warm, crusty bread and a fresh salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds venison roast, cut into large cubes
  • 2 sweet onions, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 large russet potato, cubed
  • 1 large yam (or 2 small, cubed)
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 tbs. lard
  • 2 1/2 cups of beef stock
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves

Dumplings

  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. dried (or 2 tsp. fresh) thyme leaves
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of self-rising flour
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • generous pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Clean venison of all silver skin and fat. Cut into large cubes, about 1 ½ inches. Dab dry with paper towels then season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of lard over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven. Brown venison on all sides, remove venison and set aside.
  3. Add onion and a pinch of salt to the same pot. Sauté onions until they start to caramelize, stirring often. Add crushed garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  4. Once onion and garlic are cooked, return venison to the Dutch oven. Add 2 ½ cups of beef broth. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  5. While venison is simmering, peel and chop potato, yam, and carrots.
  6. After venison has simmered for an hour, add vegetables and bay leaves, cover and simmer for another 45 minutes to an hour, or until veggies are tender. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  7. Whisk ½ cup crème fraiche, ½ cup milk, and 2 eggs together. Then add in 1 tsp. thyme leaves, 2 cups of self-rising flour, ½ tsp. of nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Mix together just until mixture comes together. Do not overwork ingredients.
  8. During the last 10-15 minutes of cooking your stew, scoop dollops of the dumpling mixture on top of the stew. Increase heat to medium-high, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until dumplings look light and fluffy. Dumplings are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle of a dumpling comes out clean.