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8 Ways to Use the Venison in Your Freezer [PICS]

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Do you still have some venison from last season in your deep freezer?

Summer is in full swing, but another deer season will be here before you know it. If you’re looking for tasty venison recipes, we’ve got you covered.

Venison is a great addition to your summer BBQ menu and a comfort food staple. Here are some of our favorite recipes, so you can use the venison in your freezer and make room for more!

1. Jerky

Honest Food

Jerky is one of the easiest ways to prepare venison – and it makes a great snack to take with you on camping or hiking trips.

This chipotle jerky recipe has just the right amount of spicy kick, and you can use the recipe on pretty much any game meat.

2. Burgers

Brad Smith

This burger recipe just screams backyard BBQ. Layer in some roasted jalapeño or Serrano peppers for extra spice.

For the guacamole, combine fresh avocados, tomatoes, jalapeños, salt, and a squeeze of lime. No peas necessary!

3. Fajita Lettuce Wraps

Brad Smith

Regular beef fajitas are tasty and versatile. However, if you need a new take on the basic fajita, try venison.

These fajita lettuce wraps are quick, easy and healthy. If you need an extra kick, add some roasted peppers to your wrap!

4. Slow Cooker Venison Stew

The Freckled Foodie

Nothing conjures up images of mom’s home cooking better than a hearty stew. This slow cooker venison stew is super easy, tastes delicious, and you can freeze leftovers for later.

You can tweak the recipe to your taste by adding potatoes or seasonal vegetables.

5. Sausage

Flickr / Joan Nova

Making sausage at home is easy, with the right equipment. If you don’t have a meat grinder, make sure your knives are extra sharp.

Deer hunting expert Marty Prokop created recipes for two types of venison sausage: breakfast sausage and Italian sausage.

6. Venison Guisada

Flickr/Jason Hammer

Carne guisada is a Tex-Mex staple. This recipe takes the traditional Latin American beef stew and adds a twist.

It’s a great dish to serve with Spanish-style rice and beans a la charra!

7. Grilled Deer Heart

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Hopefully you kept some offal, organs, and other lesser-eaten deer bits.

This grilled deer heart is served with grilled peppers and onions – and it looks amazing! If you didn’t save the heart this time around, read this recipe and make sure you save the next one.

8. Barbecue Bacon Venison Roll Up

Brad Smith

Did someone say bacon? This recipe has it all: venison, jalapeños, cheese, and of course, bacon! It’s quick, simple, and no grill required.

Take some venison out of the freezer tonight and start dreaming of deer season.

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8 Ways to Use the Venison in Your Freezer [PICS]