Cooking Venison and Game

Here’s everything you need to know about preparing the tastiest, healthiest red meat on the planet. From cleaning to cooking and serving, our expert staff provides loads of practical advice on enjoying nature’s bounty. You’ll find tons of great recipes, too. (Vegetarians need not apply.)

Gumbo is fantastic and versatile, too, so if you want to add some deer meat or sausage then it won't hurt a bit! (Photo: MonsoursPhotography.net)

Break Out the Gumbo Pot and Spicy Venison Sausage, Too

After the recent post here about gumbo and such, I started poking around for a few more Cajun recipes that could incorporate deer meat into them for a different flavor. Louisiana folks love their deer hunting and, in my opinion, it’s one of the most underrated states in the Southeast for big bucks. The...

Properly prepared venison jerky will bring smiles to your entire family. (photo by Dan Schmidt)

27 Benefits of Hunting, Eating Wild Venison

Whether you’ve been eating venison and other wild game for years or have just begun, there’s absolutely no doubt whatsoever that it’s a clean, healthy, nutritious lifestyle when you’re enjoying the bounty from a hunting trip. Check out this series of facts about the benefits and be sure to share this with your friends...

One of the great things about deer chili is its versatility, and folks definitely like to put their own twist on things when they make it.

3 Easy, Fantastic Venison Chili Recipes to Make Now

Winter’s here, no doubt, and with the possibility of some even nastier weather hitting this week it’s not a bad idea to whip up some venison chili. A hearty bowl of chili, some crusty garlic bread or cornbread, and whatever spicy hot sauce you may want to add … mmmm, mmmm. That does sound...

If you don't have any venison just yet, try out Scott Leysath's recipe with beef. (Photo courtesy of The Beef Checkoff - wwwBeefItsWhatsForDinner.com)

Ready for a Creative, New Way to Prepare Your Venison?

We’re never too big on Cream of Mushroom as a go-to for venison dishes, and often see hunter-chefs resort to some worn out recipe that isn’t tasty. “Prepare venison, put into slow cooker with giant can of Cream of PastyGoo and some herby pepper, cook the snot out of it and then eat it with...

Who knows what might be inside this delicious venison burger? Bacon? Cheese? Diced jalapenos? Just a little change or two could jack up your celebration.

Why Cooking Your Venison ‘All the Way’ is a Terrible Idea

You’ve had terrible meat before, right? Overcooked, gray, hard, tasteless hockey pucks that are hard to chew? Dry to the point of doing that tongue thing like Tom Hanks in “Big” when he tried caviar? Yes. The answer is yes. We all have had, at some point in our lives, terrible meat. The person...

Lentil Soup with Venison and Sausage hits the spot on a chilly autumn evening! (Photo: GameandGarden.com)

Knock Off that Cold Blast with Lentil Venison Soup

Combining lentils and venison is a great way to enjoy these savory flavors and give Ol’ Man Winter a nice 1-2 punch across the jaw. This great recipe comes to us from Stacy Harris, author of Happy Healthy Family, who said it’s one of her family’s favorites. “This is a scruptious one-pot meal that is healthy...

Stacy Harris, who created this venison tenderloin, and Scott Leysath both enjoy the ease of preparing this dish, which is fantastic for you and your family. (Photo: Stacy Harris, GameandGarden.com)

Holiday Venison Recipes Can Be Simple and Delicious

Several years ago while hunting in Austria we had the opportunity to dine in a few nice, local restaurants that featured some simple, probably “Euro-inspired” meals that still resonate in my aging memory bank. One was at a restaurant that probably, for lack of a better term, would be considered a chain. It wasn’t...

Ernest Hemingway burger recipe  from Hemingway Museum in Cuba

Would Venison Help Make Hemingway’s Burger Better?

Ernest Hemingway is, or was, a lot of things: writer, bon vivant, drinker, hunter, angler, probably a bully at times, world traveler and lover of good food and beverage. A couple of years ago Hemingway’s papers and such were released by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. These include items ranging from...