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- About Venison: Qualities | “Gamey” Meat | Interchangeability
- Basics: Sausage & Charcuterie | Fat | Marinades | Cut a Flat Iron Steak | Prepare a Deer Heart | Dry Aging
- Recipes by cut
- Buy my venison cookbook – we sell signed copies
Venison, a/k/a deer meat, may or may not be the most popular game meat, but it is definitely the most abused. This page aims to give you tried and tested venison recipes to help you get more out of your deer, elk, moose or pronghorn.
I can’t tell you how many people I have served venison to who have had to overcome some prior bad experience with it. “Ew, it’s so tough. It tastes like liver.” Yes, if you overcook it and handle the meat poorly when you kill the animal it will be poor fare at the table.
Venison is lean, clean meat. Higher in protein and lower in fat than beef, it is as free range and healthy as you get. If you’ve never tasted venison, it is close in flavor to grass-fed beef or bison. Rich, lean, but easy to overcook. A general rule is to cook the tender cuts a bit less than you think, and to cook the tougher cuts a bit more than you think.
I have found that while the taste of elk or moose or whitetail deer or mule deer may differ slightly, the cooking methods and recipes are all interchangeable. And if you are worried about it being “gamey,” here is what you need to know about gamey meat.
Below are some of my favorite venison recipes, grouped by style of cooking or cut of meat.
A primer on making deer meat sausages and curing whole cuts of venisonRead More
Demystifying Deer Fat
Not all venison fat is bad. Here’s some of the science behind what’s in venison fat and why it behaves the way it does, so you can make your own decision about whether to trim or keep it.Read More
A primer on how to make the best use of marinades for your venison, along with some sample recipes.Read More
How to Cut a Flat Iron Steak
Instructions on how to cut one of my favorite steaks from an elk, moose or large deer.Read More
How to Prepare Deer Heart for Cooking
It’s easy – all you need is a very sharp knife and a well-lit place to work.Read More
Dry Aging: How and Why
Detailed tutorial on dry aging, even if you don’t have a fancy dry ager.Read More
Venison Recipes by Cut of Meat
Venison Medallions, Backstraps, Tenderloins
Recipes for the tenderest part of the deer.Read More
Ground Venison Recipes
What to do with all that venison “burger” the butcher gave you.Read More
These are usually from the back legs, and are good for long, slow cooking to make sure they’re tender.Read More
Venison Stews and Soups
Pretty self-explanatory, these are my wintertime dishes.Read More
Flanks and Shanks
This is the venison equivalent of beef shanks, flank steak and skirt steak.Read More
Venison Wobbly Bits – Heart, Liver, Kidneys, Tongue
Offal. Innards. Variety Meats. In some cases, these are the best parts of the animal. Here’s how to cook them properly.Read More