Tips on How to Cook Venison

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Hey everyone! Today, I want to talk about cooking venison. If you’re like me and love the outdoors, you might have tried venison, which is deer meat. It’s super tasty, but cooking it can be a bit tricky. I’ve learned some cool tips along the way, and I’m excited to share them with you!

1. Keep it Lean and Clean

First things first, venison is lean. That means it doesn’t have much fat. This is good for keeping it healthy, but it can also make the meat a bit tough if you’re not careful. To start right, make sure your venison is clean and trimmed of any silver skin or fat. This helps in cooking it evenly and making it taste better.

2. Don’t Overcook It

This is super important! Venison can become tough if you cook it too long. The best way to keep it tender is to cook it medium-rare or medium. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. You’re aiming for around 145°F for medium-rare. Trust me, this makes a huge difference in how your venison tastes.

3. Marinating Magic

Since venison is so lean, marinating can add much-needed moisture and flavor. You can make a simple marinade with things like olive oil, garlic, herbs, and maybe a bit of vinegar or lemon juice. Let the venison sit in the marinade for a few hours, or even overnight in the fridge. This helps to tenderize the meat and adds awesome flavors.

4. Slow and Low is the Way to Go

Slow cooking is your best friend if you’re cooking a tougher cut of venison, like the shoulder. Simmering it at a low temperature for a few hours makes it super tender and delicious. You can use a slow cooker or cook it in a low oven. Add some broth, onions, and herbs, and let it do its thing.

5. Quick and Hot for Steaks

For steaks, though, you want to cook them fast and hot. Get your grill or pan really hot before you put the steaks on. This helps to sear the outside and keep all the tasty juices inside. Just a few minutes on each side, and you’re good to go!

6. Let it Rest

This is a step a lot of people skip, but it’s key! After you cook your venison, let it rest for a few minutes before you cut into it. This helps the juices redistribute, making the meat more tender and juicy when you eat it.

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7. Be Creative

Finally, have fun with it! Venison is super versatile. You can grill it, stew it, roast it, or even make burgers. Try different spices and herbs to find what you like best.

Cooking venison can be a fun adventure. With these tips, you’re well on your way to making delicious meals that everyone will love. So go ahead, give it a try, and see how amazing venison can taste!

Venison can be cooked all year round but I prefer to cook it in the winter season. Here in this article are some tips on how to grill in the winter.

David Patterson

David Patterson is a seasoned BBQ enthusiast with a wealth of experience in the world of grilling. With a passion for the art of barbecuing, he has spent countless hours testing various grills and exploring new recipes. David’s extensive knowledge and expertise make him a go-to resource for all things BBQ-related. Read more about David Patterson.

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