Big Game

Venison Backstrap Sandwich with Maple Blueberry BBQ

Recipe by: Megan Sauer of Fennville, Michigan

Many outdoor enthusiasts not only hunt their own venison, but they also tap Maple trees to craft their own syrup, and will readily take advantage of foraging for wild berries given the chance. This recipe shared by an Outdoor News reader combines these ingredients to develop a tasty Maple-Blueberry sauce that tops your easy to assemble venison sandwich.

Bear Meat Bratwurst Sausage

Chef and Author Eileen Clarke dubbed these "Bear Hot Brats" and offers options for cased or patty type sausage prep.

Chef and Author Eileen Clarke dubbed these “Bear Hot Brats” and offers options for preparing the meat as a cased or patty-type sausage. Instead of bear meat, antelope, venison, caribou or moose meat could be utilized to prepare homemade bratwurst sausage with this recipe.

Basic Wild Game Meatballs

Having relied almost exclusively on wild game meat while living in remote Alaska, I developed this meatball recipe that held up well in several types of dishes.

This recipe offers a versatile meatball that works well into Italian-inspired tomato based sauces, or for the cream-based sauce that ensconces the classic Swedish meatball.

Since you’re working with leaner game meat, you will want to balance your ratio of ground meat with an equal amount of ground pork so that your meatball will stand up. The foundation of the recipe here originally relied on ground moose meat, however you can substitute venison, elk, caribou, antelope or even ground wild turkey meat.

Tomato-and-Brown-Sugar-Braised Shoulder

Excerpted from Venison by Jon Wipfli. Copyright © 2017 Voyageur Press. Photography copyright © 2017 Matt Lien. Published by Voyageur Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

For hunters who value the connection between their white-tailed deer harvest and preparing a quality venison dinner, Outdoor News has partnered with chef Jon Wipfli to feature an excerpt from his new cookbook Venison: The Slay to Gourmet Field to Kitchen Cookbook. Follow Wipfli’s recipe for Tomato and Brown Sugar Braised Shoulder with White Cheddar and Jalapeno Grits utilizing your venison.

North of 64 Deer Camp Chili

  There is a certain camaraderie that accompanies fall hunting season, when friends and relatives join together at “deer camp” for a hearty meal. In the spirit of the traditions that accompany a successful hunt, this recipe submitted by Paul Nesbitt of DeForest, Wisc. is a tried and true venison chili recipe that begs to be topped with a handful…

Caribbean Jerk Jerky

Use your venison for this flavorful jerky recipe by author Eileen Clarke

Eileen Clarke shares a recipe using ground meat as the base for making homemade jerky. The special recipe for a Caribbean-inspired jerk seasoning is included, but the foundation of this recipe can be adapted to your personal taste using a variety of different spice bases such as Buffalo Wing or Italian.

Pecan Crusted Wild Game Filet Mignon

A Winning Entry into the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild Recipes and More Contest

  An original recipe  © by Tim Kraskey, of Maple Grove, Minnesota Pecan Crusted (Wild Game) Filet Mignon 1/2 Cup pecans, toasted 1/2 Cup flour 2-3 Tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped 2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped 4-6 cloves garlic, minced 1 whole filet mignon or back strap (venison, elk, or buffalo) trimmed of fat Vegetable oil 1/2 Cup Dijon mustard 1/8 Cup…

Venison Cheesy Pasta

This recipe was submitted through the 2017 Outdoor News Taste of the Wild Recipes and More Contest!

Congratulations Krystal Schmidt!                 Venison Cheesy Pasta – Recipe submitted by Krystal Schmidt of Fredonia, WI INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. venison hamburger meat 2 cans “Ranch Style” beans 2 (12 oz) pkgs. “Velveeta” brand Shells & Cheese Dinner 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies Salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: Cook venison…

Homemade Venison (or Bear) Pastrami

This recipe is from Eileen Clarke’s new cookbook, “Tenderize the Wild: Marinades, brines and rubs for wild game”

Chef Eileen Clarke shares tips for crafting your own pastrami.By Chef Eileen Clarke From the Chef: Yes, I know it looks complicated. And seeing a beautiful, fragrant pastrami in the deli, only makes you wonder if it’s possible. But it is. Just take it one step at a time: first you brine/corn the meat, then you smoke it.  Then you…

Stir-Fry Bear

A recipe by Glenn and Judy Helgeland

The bear meat handling/cooking instructions included with this recipe are from a book by Bill “Bearcrazy” Wiesner published by Target called The Bear Hunting Obsession of a Driven Man.

DIY Corned Venison

Whether it’s for sandwiches or for the traditional meal of corned meat served up with cabbage, potatoes and carrots, Chef Susan L. Ebert shares this recipe from the pages of her cookbook titled The Field To Table, that uses venison as the star.

Thai Venison Lettuce Cups

Typically served in lettuce cups to be eaten as a salad with an intensely flavorful Thai Sauce, you can also serve this recipe with rice and other veggies. The ingredients call for fish sauce, but if you can’t find it at your local store you can substitute with soy sauce. You can also adjust the heat level by adding more or less chili peppers.

Homemade Wild Game Chorizo Sausage

Chorizo Sausage Recipe by Chef Eileen ClarkeBy Chef and Author, Eileen Clarke A lot of people swear that a four-to-one ratio of lean-to-fat is perfect for wild game sausage, but that produces a dry sausage, not the creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture of sausage made with any other meat in the world. Sorry, it’s a pet peeve of mine. Game meat is…

Venison Meatball Subs Topped with Mozzarella

If you garden, odds are you still have a few tomatoes hanging around as we head into deer hunting season. This recipe calls for fresh Roma tomatoes, but you can use a can of diced tomatoes instead. You could even make your meatballs ahead of time, and use commercially prepared marinara sauce instead of the homemade version, to craft a quick and hearty meal.

DIY Wild Venison Cheese Dogs

Enjoying your own homemade hot dogs crafted from the deer you harvest yourself is great. Adding cheese to the mix? Does it get any better? Chef and Author Eileen Clarke shares her DIY recipe for cheese dogs that are perfect for the grill.

Marinades Gone Wild: Brineade-Infused Fajitas by Chef Eileen Clarke

Chef and Author Eileen Clark’s Venison Fajita    Just in case you haven’t been keeping up with the “serious” cooking magazines, there is a new version of fusion cooking.  Fusion cuisine used to defined be concepts like Mexican Lasagna, or Chinese Tacos.  But these days the latest two cooking words to be fused together are brines and marinades – dubbed…

Venison Chili Recipe

Another great Outdoor News discovery, a simple venison chili recipe found in the pages of the cookbook Game for All Seasons (Great American Publishers). By veteran hunter, fisherman, and chef Harold Webster, author of the best-selling The Complete Venison Cookbook, delights sportsmen and those who cook game with 292 seasonal recipes for venison, fish, fowl, and other delicacies from the field and waters.