Many will tell you that venison does not need to be marinated, that the natural flavor of the meat only needs a touch of salt and pepper and a hot cooking surface to taste delicious. While those folks have a good point, some cuts of venison really benefit from a little tenderizing and flavor – and that’s not to say you can’t marinade a steak either, it’s really all up to the cook in the kitchen.
If that cook is you, and you’re stumped on what to do after hunting for venison, here are some great marinades that won’t destroy your venison but rather enhance its natural flavor.
Look, the Ancient Romans may have had their fair share of problems, but they did know how to host a pretty spectacular feast. Since wild game was commonplace from soup kitchens to the royal palace, having a tried-and-true marinade was a necessity for every chef. Straight from the pages of “On the Subject of Cooking” that is often attributed to Apicius, this recipe makes a marinade and gravy for any cut of venison.
Image and Recipe via: Silk Road Gourmet
Here we have a great classic. Red wine is the perfect accompaniment to game meats, especially when you allow them to soak in it as a marinade for a few hours. This recipe includes allspice and mustard, which will add a nice earthy tang to your meat without being overpowering.
Image and Recipe via: Arkansas Outdoors Online
This recipe is a great basic marinade that you could tinker with and alter to suit your own tastes. What’s important is the apple cider, which helps break down some of the tissue in the meat to tenderize and plump up your cut.
Image and Recipe via: The Rustic Man
For a true “steak-like” flavor to your venison meat, grab the A1 and some soy sauce. The results will surprise you, especially with the addition of oregano and basil. If you’re trying to sneak a bite of venison into an anti’s mouth, well – this is how you git ‘er done. As noted in the WikiHow article where we got the image, this recipe would go great with some venison jerky.
This is not for the traditional venison lover, but rather those who love a little bit of Asian zing and aren’t afraid to experiment. The honey leaves a tasty residue on the venison that will create a nice glaze over the meat while cooking. To tenderize meat with this recipe, add a little bit of lemon juice to break down the meat tissue.