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Are You Game? How to Grill or Smoke Venison and Similar Meats

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We often receive emails or messages on social media asking Steven for more information on grilling or barbecuing game meats. This one, from Matt G., is representative:

I really love your shows and cookbooks. Your recipes have expanded my palate and cooking methods. I cook a lot of wild game, primarily deer. Your recipes work very well with that meat. I’d love to see you put out a cookbook geared towards wild game. Keep up the good work!

A few years ago, the fast food chain Arby’s put venison sandwiches on the menus of select outlets. The promotion, which lasted one day, was a publicity coup for the company. But don’t expect to see whitetail burgers at your local take-out place anytime soon. The fact is, unless they hunt themselves or have a generous sportsman in their circle, most Americans rarely—if ever—have the opportunity to eat game meats like venison.

The word venison usually refers to deer, but the word is derived from the Latin word venari, which means to hunt or pursue. Deer and other cervids (elk, moose, reindeer) have been on mankind’s plate since our Neolithic ancestors discovered fire. In the U.S., it is illegal to sell venison harvested in the wild. But thousands of deer farms have sprung up in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas in the past 20 years, making the processed meat available to the general public.

 

Tips on Grilling and Smoking Venison
Like grass-fed beef, venison is very lean with little intramuscular fat or marbling. But there are several ways to enhance its succulence and tenderness:

Naturally tender cuts, like the loin and backstrap, should be cooked to medium-rare. Overcooking will dry them out.
Drape or wrap the meat with bacon before grilling or smoking.
Marinate tougher cuts, such as the leg, in your favorite marinade. Any marinade suitable for beef will work well with venison. (See Steven’s book, Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades for ideas.) A few juniper berries, crushed with the side of a knife or cleaver, pair well with game meats.
Expose meats that will be cooked for several hours to flavor-enhancing smoke, then wrap in unlined butcher paper or foil with a small amount of liquid—beef broth, fruit juice, soda pop, wine, or beer—to finish the cook. Be sure to save any juices that accumulate for serving with the meat.
Serve a jus, gravy, herbed butter, or sauce on the side. One of our favorites is Steven’s Three Hots Horseradish Sauce. Fruit sauces or salsas are also complimentary to game meats.
Add ground suet or fatty bacon to ground venison for the juiciest burgers.

 

 

A Quick Guide to Venison Cuts and the Best Cooking Methods
As with all barbecue, of course, it’s important to pair the cut of meat with the most appropriate cooking method. Here’s a quick guide:

Venison Backstrap or Strip Loin
This cut, which runs on either side of the spine, is prized for its tenderness. (Trim off any visible silverskin before grilling.) Similar to but smaller than a beef tenderloin, it is best when grilled whole to rare or medium-rare over a hot fire. (It can also be cooked using the reverse-sear method.) Let the meat rest briefly, then slice into medallions.

Venison Rack
This includes the backstrap and ribs and can be grilled just like rack of lamb. Again, the meat will retain more juice if you leave the rack intact, then separate into chops after cooking the meat to medium-rare. Season the outside as you would prime rib—garlic, rosemary, and salt and pepper, for example, Dijon-style mustard, or a compound butter like Shallot Sage Butter.

Venison Leg/Haunch/Rump
The four muscles that make up the leg (see the banner photo above) can be smoke-roasted whole, spit-roasted, or cut into steaks. When cut into cubes, it also makes good Dutch oven stews or chili. Alternatively, you can trim off the fat and sinew and turn the meat into venison jerky. [SEE LINK BELOW, CIALINA.]

Venison Shank
If you’ve ever eaten osso buco, you know how proper cooking can turn this collagen-rich cut into something sublime. We like to give shanks an hour of fragrant wood smoke at 225 to 250 degrees, then transfer them to a foil drip pan with a half inch of liquid (beef broth, wine, beer, etc.) on the bottom. Cover tightly with foil and cook at 300 degrees until fork-tender. The time will depend on the thickness of the shank. Serve with polenta, mashed potatoes, or rice.

 

Grilled and Smoked Venison Recipes
1. Wine-Marinated Elk Loin
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2. Herb-Crusted Venison Filets With Horseradish Sauce

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3. Smoked Venison Jerky

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Thai-influenced Sticky Peanut Butter Ribs

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The single best barbecue experience I had in 2019 was at Blood Bros. BBQ in Houston. That's saying a lot given that I also had my first taste of many other establishments churning out top tier smoked meats—Truth BBQ, B's Cracklin' BBQ, Grady's Barbecue, Sam Jones BBQ, and Buxton Hall. What was so exhilarating about Blood Bros. to me was not just the quality, and every meat I tried was stellar, but the effortless melding of barbecue with other cultural influences. In general, this is what makes eating in Houston more exciting than most places, the melting pot of cultural inputs ends up outputting food in a manner that doesn't feel forced—it's not “Fusion” food, it's just their food. A group of Vietnamese friends started up Blood Bros., and the menu feels like an organic a sampling of everything they grew up eating in Houston that resonated with them. It's mostly Asian, but not strictly so, and sometimes Vietnamese, and other times not, like Thai sticky peanut butter ribs, which was one of the standout meats for me. During this quarantine period I was having very fond memories of those ribs and decided to make my own recipe for them as an ode to Blood Bros.

I have no idea what the Blood Bros. recipe is for these, I just knew that they blended Thai cuisine and American barbecue really well and didn't hold back on the spicy. So I used my personal knowledge of each cuisine to devise a recipe I thought would do the inspiration justice. It started with some homemade red curry paste, and I highly recommend making this stuff at home in a mortar and pestle for maximum flavor. I used the curry paste as the base of a wet rub, to which I added fish sauce, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper.

I then slathered the sauce all over a rack of St, Louis cut spare ribs. They definitely looked a lot different than the dry rubbed ribs I'm used to making, but I figured different is the right development path for this recipe.

Next I placed the ribs in the smoker that I had running at 225°F. I used a couple fist-sized chucks of apple wood to impart a light smokiness. I chose a more mellow wood because I thought without the heavy spice layer of normal barbecue, heartier woods could end up tasting a little too overpowering in this scenario.

Once the ribs were going, I went back inside and started on the sauce, which is the heart of the flavor of this recipe. I looked at my normal barbecue sauce recipe and started subbing out ingredients and changing quantities in a way that would make it taste like a melding of American barbecue sauce with Thai flavors. This began by swapping onions for shallots, which I sautéed and then added in a larger the usual amount of garlic along with ginger and Thai bird's eye chilies.

Then I whisked in the foundational ketchup with a fair amount of creamy peanut butter, providing the ribs namesake flavor and sticky character. To that I added rice vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, red curry paste, fish sauce, and lime juice. After cooking for bit to meld the flavors and thicken slightly, I seasoned the sauce with salt and pepper but something felt like it was missing. I was racking my brain on what to add to give the boost of flavor I thought was absent, and finally I had an idea—I added in a squeeze of tamarind concentrate and that ended up providing the perfect sour note and little extra savoriness to make the sauce feel complete.

With the usual barbecue ribs, the exterior starts to darken and turn overly brown or black after a few hours of smoking, which is why I spritz the ribs with a liquid—normally apple juice—when they hit a good mahogany color to avoid overcooking the rub. I had originally planned on doing that here, using rice vinegar to spray them down, but the ribs didn't turn a deep red until right at the end of cooking, so it wasn't needed at all.

At the same time they started to look beautiful, they were also almost done, which I tested by lifting one end of the rack with a pair of tongs and judging how they bent. So with just 30 minutes or so of smoking time left, I applied the sauce generously, wanting that thick and sticky sauce coating I experienced at Blood Bros.

And after the last stint in the smoker, they were done and looked good, but they were about to get a whole lot prettier thanks to a garnishing of cilantro, peanuts, and pepper slices.

By now my mouth was watering and my anticipation for a taste of these ribs had grown even more, making the obligatory photo shoot before eating feel even longer than it normally does. Upon that first bite, I was brought back to my memories of how excited I felt eating each dish at Blood Bros. While the ribs tasted familiar, they were not an exact copycat recipe, which in a way I preferred because they were more representative of my experience and skills, even if the original concept was not my own. They still had the seamless blend of cuisines going on for them, with the smoked pork and complex, layered sauce making them solidly American barbecue, but the overall flavors more reminiscent of Thai cuisine with a strong heat backed up by acidity and complimentary herbal notes. The peanut butter in the sauce also pushed them further in the Thai direction while also delivering the “sticky” promise of the recipe title. I can't wait to go back to Blood Bros. and try even more things, but the only problem is that there's so much great and utterly unique food in Houston that returning to the same place twice is not something I do often with all there is to try there that really can't be had, or at least doesn't feel the same, anywhere else.
Published on Thu May 7, 2020 by Joshua Bousel

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Thai-influenced Sticky Peanut Butter Ribs Yield 4 servings Prep 30 Minutes Cook 6 Hours Total 6 Hours 30 Minutes Ingredients For the Sauce 1/2 cup finely minced shallots 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh garlic 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger 3 Thai bird's eye chilies, thinly sliced 1 cup ketchup 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter 1/3 cup rice vinegar 1/3 cup palm or light brown sugar 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 teaspoon tamarind concentrate Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper   For the Ribs 3 tablespoons palm or light brown sugar 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon Kosher salt 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 2 racks St. Louis-cut spare ribs 2 fist-sized chunks of light smoking wood, such as apple or cherry   For the Sauce 1/3 cup Roughly chopped roasted peanuts 3 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro 4 Thai bird's eye chilies, thinly sliced Procedure To make the sauce: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add in shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, but not browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in ketchup, peanut butter, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, curry paste, fish sauce, lime juice, and tamarind concentrate. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer sauce to an airtight container and store in refrigerator until ready to use. To make the ribs: In a small bowl, mix together sugar, curry paste, fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Remove membrane from back of each rack of ribs and trim meat of excess fat. Spread seasoning mixture all over each rack of ribs. ire up a smoker or grill to 225°F, adding chunks of smoking wood when at temperature. When the wood is ignited and produces smoke, place the ribs in smoker or grill, meaty side up, and smoke until the ribs bend slightly when lifted from one end, 5-6 hours. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, brush top of each rack with sauce. Remove ribs from smoker and garnish with peanuts, cilantro, and chili slices. Slice ribs between bones and serve immediately.
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Reverse seared bone in ribeye for an awesome steak salad

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Who needs sous vide when you get results like this with the reverse sear method? I smoked (cherry wood) this bone in ribeye steak low and slow over indirect charcoal heat until reaching an internal temperature of 110f when we then cranked the heat for a direct sear over the live fire. Once the crust was perfect on our ribeye we let it rest for 10min before slicing and serving.  Used Fogo black for the rub.

Here is how it came out, and a link to the video for more details, process etc. 

If you'd like to see the video: https://youtu.be/oXF7pVm_pOI

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10 Dishes Every Beginner Barbecuer Should Master

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If you’re new to grilling and/or barbecuing, it can be difficult to know how to get started. Perhaps you’ve bought a book, such as Steven’s iconic How to Grill, or consulted a friend or family member who seems to know what they’re doing. Maybe you’ve haunted chat rooms or other social media groups, hoping to pick up a few pointers, only to become confused by terms like “reverse-sear” and the “3-2-1 method.”

But the easiest way to acquire this old-as-time skill is to just do it. Like anything worth mastering, it takes some practice. You’ll need to build up experience managing time and temperature, two variables that can really mess up a grill session.

To help you develop some traction during this, National Barbecue Month, we’ve selected ten of our favorite dishes that will acquaint you with the basics—direct versus indirect grilling, for example—but encourage you to expand your comfort zone. And if you have any questions, any at all, feel free to contact us for a personal response in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or Instagram. We’re always happy to help.

10 Recipes Every Beginner Barbecuer Should Master
1. The Great American Burger

Burgers are often the first thing people crave when the first warm days of spring or early summer arrive. Nothing fancy here. Just old-fashioned goodness—a perfectly cooked burger oozing flavor and juice, dressed modestly with traditional accompaniments.

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2. Chicken Wings

Can’t get to Buffalo or your favorite wing joint? These Buffa-Que Wings soak for several hours in a spicy marinade before being smoke roasted to crisp-skinned perfection.

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3. First-Timer’s Ribs

This recipe is a blueprint for rib perfection, even if it’s your first experience barbecuing these meaty bones. If you’re cooking for more than three or four people, invest in a Best of Barbecue Rib Rack. It holds four racks of ribs upright in the space that normally accommodates one.

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4. NOLA Smoked Shrimp

Warning: Boiled shrimp will lose its allure once you’ve added smoked shrimp to your repertoire.

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5. Cattle Drive Steaks

We get it: Pricy Porterhouses and T-bones can make or break your reputation as a live fire cook. We have two bits of advice: Invest in an accurate instant-read thermometer (insert the probe through the side); and never desert your post. This steak gets a flavorful coffee-based rub before hitting the grill. But your favorite rub—like Montreal steak rub or even coarse salt and pepper—can be used, too.

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6. North Carolina Pulled Pork

This pulled pork with the alliteratively named Pig Picker Pucker Sauce takes its cues from Lexington, North Carolina. Pulled pork is hard to mess up as long as you’re patient and pull it while it’s still very hot to the touch. Meat claws and lined food-safe gloves make the job much easier.

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7. Basic Beer Can Chicken

Moist, succulent, and flavorful. And did we mention crisp skin? For more on Beer Can Chicken, read on.

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8. Planked Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze

Indigenous people of the American Northwest were among the first to roast salmon over cedar, a cooking method that deserves its phoenix-like rise from history’s ashes. This method also avoids the problem of the fish sticking to the grill grate.

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9. Fireman’s Corn
Husked, grilled sweet corn is a revelation. You’ll never boil it again.

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10. Grilled Pineapple with Mezcal Whipped Cream

This incredibly easy dessert makes a fine finish to a grilled and/or barbecued meal. Fresh slices of pineapple are dredged in spiced sugar, carmelized on the grill, and served with whipped cream laced with mezcal, a smoky cousin of tequila. (Feel free to substitute tequila or rum.)

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