Make these four tried-and-true deer camp meals to feed your buddies and clear space for this season's haul.
All hunters have been guilty at one time or another--the season opener is just around the corner and your deep freeze still contains remnants of last year's success. Sure, the tenderloin and prime cuts didn't make it past December, but there's still some lingering packages of ground venison and a shoulder roast stuffed in a corner. Try these four meals for a satisfied stomach and a fresh start on a full freezer!
1. Deer Chili
Every old-timer has their own legendary chili recipe. If you haven't established yours, click here for some inspiration. Don't be afraid to mix things up a bit. Secret blends have been known to include beer, bacon, cola, brown sugar and even chocolate. Chili is a great way to use up deer burger, and it can be cooked over the fire, on top of the stove or in a Crock-Pot. Your perfected recipe is sure to be a camp favorite, so choose your bunk accordingly.
2. Pot Roast
After a long, cold day in the stand, coming back to a warm roast and potatoes feels like five-star dinner reservations. This is where the Crock-Pot really shines. Simply brown your roast the night before, then place it in the Crock-Pot with potatoes, vegetables, and your favorite seasoning the next morning. Plug it in and let your meal cook on low while you hunt. Try pouring in a can of cola to make the meat extra tender.
3. Venison Stew
Much like a pot roast, deer stew is a welcomed relief to numb toes and an empty stomach. If you've never made it before, these eight recipes will be sure to get you started. Stew is an excellent way to utilize tough chunks of meat while feeding the whole crew. Leftovers have been known to only get better the next day, if the pot isn't licked clean the first night!
4. Deer Jerky
OK, so this one isn't really a meal, but there's no arguing that a pocket full of jerky is a deer stand essential. Save yourself some cash and clear freezer space by making your own ahead of time. Jerky can be made with whole-muscle cuts of meat or ground venison. Just like chili, everyone has their own trusted blend of marinade and spices. If you're looking to switch things up, be sure to try This Year's 5 Best Venison Jerky Recipes. Remember: just because you made enough to share doesn't mean you have to.
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