Cooking a meal for the in-laws who've never eaten venison. I had planned on making a backstrap. There will be 5 people. What would everyone recommend for a good recipe for first timers?
Never Had Venison
I had a trial run yesterday just to try some of the suggestions here. We did a marinaded tenderloin with the primary ingredient being soy, also including lemon juice, garlic and sugar. You'd have to ask my wife for the exact recipe, she "winged" some of it.
Fried in cast iron pan until medium rare, rest 5 minutes and served. Delicious! And tasted like beef. I think we will be doing something similar for the family. I'd like to add a mushroom-red wine sauce to add some extra flavor.
Edit: These are all really great suggestions keep them coming!
I really enjoy serving venison or other wild game to people who “don’t like the gamey taste of wild meat”. I never mention what the meat is until their plates are clean. Then I disclose that it was actually deer, antelope, bear, wild hog, etc.
I have two theories on the “gamey” taste people refer to. One is that it could be taste that develops from freezer burn. We all know someone who has a 4 year old roast in their freezer and gives it to someone who “wants to try venison”. Due to inexperience in cooking this delicate meat, most people over-cook the hell out of it which brings out a freezer burned liver flavor.
My second theory is that people’s palates have become trained to appreciate McDonalds burgers and gas station burritos. They begin to believe that is truly what meat tastes like. Meat that is probably inferior to mid-grade dog food and supplemented with chemicals and preservatives. Who would want to eat a deer when you have these options?
My wife’s ears bleed when I get on my soap box about this, so pardon my rant. I simply appreciate and take pride in knowing where my meat comes from.
Been doing this with backstraps for years and everyone loves it. Leave backstrap whole, trim off fat and silver skin, spread minced garlic from a jar over entire piece, sprinkle with Montreal Steak Seasoning then wrap in bacon and refrigerate a couple hrs. Charcoal grill works best here but gas will do. Depending on size of backstrap grill on the first side 9-12min, flip and do the 2nd side for 5-7min, let rest for 5 min, slice and enjoy! Do not overcook!
That’s all real good stuff.
Me personally, I’d cut it into thick fillet mignon like pieces and use my favorite rub all over it. Then I’d bacon wrap them with some high end bacon. Finally, I’d throw them on a HOT grill to char/seat on the outside while keeping them nice and red and juicy on the inside.
Excellent/compatible side and beverage options are waaaay too numerous to even begin.
I usually mix my own rubs and seasonings but for those who don't. Larwrys herb and garlic marinade is the ticket. If you can use it on wood duck k breast cook it to rare on a campfire and find someone who doesn't like it I'd bet it's because u told them it was duck
Kind of off track but relates to the cooking of venison.
I acquired a sous vide cooking device a year ago and it has done an excellent job cooking wild game. Super tender and evenly cooked through in and out. Just have to sear everything on a cast pan or on the grill to at a little burnt edge to it.
I have not marinaded any backstrap to date, but I have mixed up some melted butter, soy sauce, and brown sugar for a mopping sauce to brush on while it's grilling. It doesn't really permeate the meat too much, but it does give the outside a nice sweet crust. I really like it, but for whatever reason my wife and daughter don't. They're fine with salt and pepper.
Has anyone just used a can of coke with nothing else as a marinade? Or like a coke/brown sugar mix? I like the sweetness of what I do, but think they'd cook better if I wasn't constantly opening the lid to brush it on.
I'm going to try a little 7 up next time.
The only reason I marinate it that long or longer is, I can do it up the night before, throw it in the fridge and if I have work, fish or hunting the next day I don't have to prep mid day. Get home fire up the grill or smoker and cook for less than 2 hrs and ready to eat.
I found no difference from a 4hr to 12hr + marinate time either