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The 15 BEST Venison Recipes

The 15 BEST Venison Recipes

Whether you're divvying up your fresh harvest or using up meat from that fully stocked freezer, we've rounded up our favorite venison recipes for after the hunt.

Venison is a healthy, high protein and low fat meat that lends itself well to almost any application. Swap in venison for your favorite lean beef recipes like kabobs, chili, stir fries and more for an easy and lean version. If you're looking for a more hands-on project, venison is the perfect addition to sausage like snack sticks, brats, and summer sausage when blended with pork or beef. So how should you cook venison? Here are our best venison recipes:

bacon wrapped ground venison shells

1. Bacon-Wrapped Venison Buckshots

With a full shot of flavor, these Bacon Wrapped Venison Buckshots are the perfect way to change up your venison game with an original venison recipe. Ground venison is loaded into a pasta shell casing with cheese, then wrapped in bacon and glazed in BBQ Sauce. This ground venison recipe is a bullseye for sure!

2. Venison Bacon

Venison bacon is an easy and delicious way to use your venison harvest. Unlike bacon in the traditional sense, deer bacon is traditionally made from a combination of ground venison and a fatty cut of pork versus a whole muscle meat like pork belly. What you’re left with are flavorful venison bacon-like strips that can be fried up for BLTs and sandwiches, crumbled into salads, or served alongside your eggs in the morning.  

3. Country Fried Venison Fingers

Taking it down-home-country! Country Fried Venison Fingers add a nice comforting deep fried layer to your next bite! Check out this super easy venison recipe.


4. Venison Poutine

You like fries? You like cheese? Well, this venison poutine recipe will not disappoint. With deep fried cheese curds and crispy warm fries that compliment grilled strips of venison there is no doubt that this will fully satisfy any craving.


5. Venison Short Ribs

Venison often gets a bad wrap for it's potential to be dry, but a secret ingredient in this recipe helps retain moisture in these Smoked Venison Short Ribs. Venison short ribs may be smaller than your traditional rib, but what they lack in size they make up for in flavor.


6. Venison Burnt Ends

An easy and delicious appetizer or snack, these venison 'burnt ends' are wrapped in bacon, sauced then smoked until tender. 


7. Venison Snack Sticks

Snack sticks, beef sticks, slim jims, whatever you want to call them, these on-the-go meat treats are a staple in sausage making. Learn how to make the perfect Honey BBQ Venison Snack Stick.

8. Venison Chili

Chili is always a safe bet. This ground venison recipe not only gives a twist to your regular chili, it is also easy to make with this Ten-Point Venison Chili Mix. Add all your favorite goods plus your meat and ta-da! Venison Chili is served!

 9. Pull Apart Venison Meatball Sliders

The perfect hunting season football party snack, these pull-apart venison meatball sliders are the perfect way to use your ground deer meat. This recipe can be made with all beef or pork too!


10. Smoked Venison Sausage

Make the most of your harvest with these easy and delicious Homemade Smoked Deer Sausages. Whether you're processing your own deer or getting it from your local butcher or meat market, homemade venison sausage is easy to make and one of our favorite ways to enjoy deer meat.


11. Breakfast Hash

This is a breakfast of champion, hunters! Venison breakfast hash is the ideal way to start out a day and fill your belly before the hunt kicks off! Plus, it's the ideal ground deer recipe: easy to make, filling and full of flavor!


12. Venison Philly Cheesesteaks

A fan favorite made with a twist! Venison Philly Cheesesteak has all the makings of your favorite cheesesteak, but a leaner twist. The perfect way to use your vension!



13. Venison Summer Sausage

earn how to make delicious, tangy homemade deer summer sausage with our tried and true Jalapeno Cheddar Venison Summer Sausage recipe. A staple in the Midwest, this large diameter cured sausage can be made from a mixture of pork, beef, venison or other combinations of wild game.



14. Venison Jerky

Snacking made easy. Whip up a batch of venison jerky with our Variety Kit. Everything you need except the meat. Does it get any better?!


15. Venison Kebabs

Not only are kebabs colorful and easy to make, they also great with hunks of venison for a super tasty skewer. They also make for a super easy venison recipe!

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