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Southern Cuisine: Smoked Venison Roast

BBQ Cooking

I've always enjoyed deer hunting and venison. Some people don’t care for venison because they say it was a “wild” or “gamey” taste. I say they haven’t tried BBQ cooking their deer meat! When prepared properly, deer meat tastes like good lean beef. Cooking on the smoker for several hours is a wonderful way to get smoky flavor into the flesh, and it always comes out tender and moist.

For this BBQ cooking recipe, I usually use a deer ham, but a good sized shoulder will work, too. Make sure you remove all the fascia – the white covering – from the meat, and wash the roast well with cool water.

Using a sharp knife with a narrow blade, cut small deep slits in the meat and insert bits of garlic. Mix meat tenderizer with water and use a syringe or meat injector to place the tenderizing solution in the slits, also.

Make a paste of flour, meat tenderizer, garlic salt, black pepper, and Italian dressing. Rub the entire roast with a generous amount of the paste. Let the roast sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.

Venison doesn’t have much fat, so you’ll need to add some. The best way I’ve found to do this is to do your BBQ cooking or smoking along with a cured ham. Place the deer roast on the bottom rack of the smoker, and the pork ham on the top rack. As the ham cooks, the fat will drip onto the venison. If you don’t want to cook a pork ham AND a venison roast at the same time, wrap the venison in bacon instead, and secure the bacon slices with toothpicks.

After the roast has rested, place it on the smoker. Use pecan wood, applewood, oak, hickory chips, or mesquite to give the meat a wonderful taste and aroma.

Be sure to keep the water pan full. You can use water or apple juice, or a combination of both. This moist heat prevents the meat from becoming too dry.

Depending on the size of the roast, we usually smoke it from ten to twelve hours on our electric smoker.

When the meat’s done, remove it from the smoker and let it sit for about 20 minutes before carving. Use any leftovers in soups or stews, or shred it and mix with barbecue sauce for great venison barbecue. BBQ cooking works great with venison!

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BBQ cooking is great for venison!

BBQ cooking is great for venison!


2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on October 21, 2012:

Sounds interesting, and very tasty.

I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 29, 2011:

Peggie, has it been cooked, or just cured? Ask the person who gave it to you. If it's already been cooked, just warm it up.

Peggie on July 12, 2011:

A neighbor gave me a smoked/cured ham roast. What is the best way to thaw it out and how do I prepare it? Need food 911,now!!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 17, 2010:

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Venison is great if you cook it right!

shoeaddict on December 12, 2010:

I also like deer meat a lot but hard to make it very tasty.. Very useful hub. Thumbs up :)

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 05, 2010:

I don't know, RM. Maybe someone just has a lot of spare time! lol.

rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on January 05, 2010:

I don't get it either. If you look at the thread, I tried to ask a couple questions, but still don't really see where the payoff is. Doesn't sound as if it benefits or hurts us. Not sure the benefit to the site owner either. Can't he use the tracker for each hub and get 9 to 12% for up to 2 hours if a person clicks through? relache answered per referral tracker, which was not what I was trying to get at.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 05, 2010:

Hi, RM. Yeah, I saw that post and checked out the site. Found a bunch of my stuff there. I don't understand the purpose of the site??

rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on January 05, 2010:

habee this hub is on that site The Best of HubPages. Did you see the thread today? I went there, clicked on recipes and there you were. One of my Arthritis hubs is on the site too. Sounds like the site is no real benefit nor harm.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 03, 2010:

What does kangaroo taste like?? Have you ever eaten bear, Bear?

bearclawmedia from Mining Planet Earth on January 03, 2010:

Thanks Habee, I used this method on a bit of kangaroo. It was brilliant.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 02, 2010:

Robert, you got that right!

John, come on over for dinner!

Pop, why not?? Do tell!

Itakins, thanks for the comment!

Patti, hope you found it useful. Happy hunting!

Panther, thanks so much for stopping by!

HH, I guess I never thought about deer in Germany. I always learn from you!

It's okay, Ehern - you only live once on Earth!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on January 02, 2010:

I love deer meat and in Germany we eat it a lot. Thank you for your recipe.

ehern33 on January 02, 2010:

You have to stop these recipes. I am gaining weight just by reading them.. Sounds just to good!!

PrettyPanther on January 02, 2010:

We had venison quite a lot when I was growing up. It's delicious! Great tips!

Patti Ann from Florida on January 02, 2010:

Excellent - this is so true - my son is a big hunter and we always have deer meat - so many people don't know how to fix it properly - great tips!

itakins from Irl on January 02, 2010:


Sounds delightfully delicious.

breakfastpop on January 02, 2010:

Dear habee,

Sorry, I just can't go there!

Hmrjmr1 from Georgia, USA on January 02, 2010:

Habee - you get the green button on this one for sure; I gotta go burn some meat I'm so hungry now! Good Job!

Putz Ballard on January 02, 2010:

Your right Habee, deer meat is very good but has to be prepared just right and cooked slow.

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