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.)

Mmmm ... grilled venison is great any time of the year!

Dear Santa, My Deer Camp Kitchen Needs These 3 Things …

Black Friday deals, Christmas lists, Thanksgiving hangovers, turkey comas, football, your best Christmas tree ornaments, ugly sweater parties, scads of family, religious faith and church services … it’s that time of the year again to get stirred up about all these wonderful things. Deer season, of course, is part of the mix. We’re jumbled...

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)

Serve This Delicious Stuffed Venison Loin for Thanksgiving

If you’ve been fortunate enough to kill a couple of deer this season and have a backstrap or two in mind for Thanksgiving, then you must consider doing this outstanding recipe that will knock your family’s socks off. Stacy Harris, author of several fantastic cookbooks and owner of Gameandgarden.com, has one of the best...

Gut It Cut It Cook It

Learn the Best Ways to Process Your Own Venison

Labeling one of the most popular books in the Deer & Deer Hunting library a cookbook is, quite honestly, a misnomer considering the vast information found within its pages. “Gut It Cut It Cook It” for years has been one of the favorites of deer hunters who are truly part of the DIY crowd....

Whether your venison stew is made in a traditional method or with the cool CanCooker, you'll enjoy delicious meals and have family asking for more.

Easy Venison Stew Batters Away the Winter Blues

Imagine a good evening in the deer stand or blind, coming back home or to camp and within an hour or so everything’s ready for a rib-sticking chowdown while you’re telling tales of the hunt. Or if it’s raining and you’re at camp with some vegetables, spices and a venison roast. All you need...

Engel Deep Blue cooler

With the Best Cooler, Your Venison Will be Fresher

Last year when I was preparing to drive west for a deer hunting trip to Kansas, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to bring home my buck to enjoy the delicious meat. Fortunately I was able to kill a nice buck, as did the rest of our crew. It had a big body...

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The Easiest Way to Make Outstanding Deer Jerky

Venison jerky is a fantastic snack when you’re hunting, needing something to gnaw on while watching Madison Bumgarner throw an immortal Game 7 or are sitting there fishing in spring weeplng softy because deer season is still months away. There, there. Your best deer jerky can get you through those rough patches and cold days...

Steve VanDeKeere loves hunting and good venison on the table.

Fantastic Deer Jerky Has a Peppery-Garlic Kick

Steve VanDeKeere of Indiana is a diehard hunter and outdoorsman, and like many of us he loves to put venison on the table. I asked him recently if he had a good deer jerky recipe and VanDeKeere didn’t disappoint. “My deer jerky recipe has a semi-peppery/garlic taste,” he said. “This recipe yields 2-2.5 pounds...

Barbecue done right! It doesn't hurt to have some great sides, either.  (photo by Dan Schmidt)

How to Make the Best BBQ in a Smoker

I recently had the opportunity to try smoking for the first time — smoking meat for barbecue, of course! Seeing that we blew through all of our prime venison roasts this past winter and spring, I decided to break down and buy a Boston pork butt from the store (yes, I know, “blasphemy!”) for the...