How To Cook Deer Meat
Learn how to cook deer meat so that is moist and flavorful. Deer meat has a reputation for being dry and tough, but that's because it's often prepared incorrectly. Deer meat is very lean and benefits from being marinated.
To cook deer meat, you need:
- 6 (4 ounce) boneless venison steaks
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Steps to cook deer meat:
- Place the venison steaks in a large resealable plastic bag. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl.
- Pour half of the marinade over the venison steaks. Seal the bag and turn it to coat the vension steaks.
- Refrigerate the vension steaks overnight to marinate. Refrigerate remaining marinade.
Drain and discard the marinade from the venison steaks.
- Preheat your oven broiler. Spray a broiling pan with cooking spray and broil the marinaded steaks 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 4 minutes.
- Turn the venison steaks over. Baste the steaks with the reserved marinade. Broil 4 minutes longer, basting often, or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F for medium or 170 degrees F for well-done.
Alternatively, cook venison steaks on a grill over medium-high heat (350 to 400 degrees F) for 8 to 10 minutes, turning once (or until cooked to desired degree of doneness). Another option is to grind up deer meat along with a fattier meat, such as bacon, and make deer burgers. Or, mix with ground pork and seasonings to make deer sausage for breakfast.