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5 Finger-Lickin’ Venison Recipes You Have to Try [PICS]

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Don’t let your hard work stop in the woods, take it to the kitchen!

So you had a great shot, you tracked your deer, and you dressed it yourself. Now impress your friends and family with these delicious venison recipes to show that your skills don’t stop in the field!

1. Bacon-Wrapped Backstrap

Bacon Wrapped Venison
Flickr/Andy Ciordia


  • 2 lbs backstrap cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 qt apple cider
  • 2 bottles original barbecue sauce
  • 1.5 lb thick-cut bacon

Place backstrap pieces in a shallow dish, soak in apple cider, and cover in refrigerator for 2 hours. Remove backstrap and pour out apple cider. Place backstrap back in shallow dish, soak with barbecue sauce, cover and refrigerate for 2 more hours. Preheat your grill to a high temperature. Remove backstrap from refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes prior to cooking. Wrap each piece of backstrap with a piece of raw bacon and fasten with a toothpick. Brush the grill with olive oil. Place backstrap on grill and cook for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally.

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2. Seasoned Deer Burgers


  • 2 lbs ground venison
  • 1 lb uncooked bacon
  • 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce

Chop bacon into small pieces using kitchen scissors or a sharp kitchen knife. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours. After refrigeration, form 8 patties. You can either bake the patties in a glass baking dish at 400 degrees or place them on the grill until done.

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3. Crock Pot Venison Chili

Venison Chili
Flickr/Michael W. May


  • 1.5 lbs ground venison
  • 1 15 oz can light red kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz can dark red kidney beans
  • 1.5 cups medium chunky salsa
  • 1 16 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 tbsp A1 Original Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 bay leaves

Brown venison, leaving some pink throughout. Mix all ingredients in crock pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. Best served with a dollop of sour cream, sprinkled with cheese, and a side of cornbread.

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4. Tangy Treestand Meatloaf


  • 2 lbs ground venison
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp powdered mustard
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 cups bread crumbs

In a large bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Set aside 4 tbsp of mixture for topping. To remaining mixture in bowl, add soy sauce, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and egg. Blend well. Stir in bread crumbs. Add ground venison. Mix will. Shape into loaf in shallow baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes. Cover top with reserved ketchup mixer and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Recipe from Leslie Tubridy

5. Chunky Venison Stew

Venison Stew
Flickr/Garrison Gunter


  • 2 lbs venison stew meat
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 chopped onions
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 1/4  cups water
  • 7 small potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lb carrots, cut into small pieces
  • 1/5 cup all-purpose flour

Brown meat in oil on stove. Add onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, oregano, salt and water. Cover and simmer for approx. 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Add potatoes and carrots, cooking until tender. Combine flour and water, stir into stew, remove bay leaf and serve.

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Now that you have some options and ideas, get in that kitchen and show us what you’re made of!

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