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.)

Venison Chili is great anytime of the year! (Photo: HeHuntsSheCooks.com)

No Consensus in Venison Chili Debate of Beans v. No Beans

Our Foodie Friday on Facebook in early March asked a simple question that churned up a potload of answers: Beans in your chili … Yes or No? That’s not like asking about Bermuda or St. Augustine grass for your yard, or if 23 percent protein is better than 20 percent in your supplemental plots....

Spicy-Sweet Venison Loin

Spicy-Sweet Venison Loin, in a Flash (With Video!)

How many times have you ever heard chefs remind you to not overcook meat or it’ll become dry, chewy and something akin to an inedible boot heel? Yeah? A few times? Maybe your mother or grandmother or Uncle Pitmaster who won’t let anyone near his custom grill has said that. “Don’t overcook it!” you’ll...

Figs are a nice, sweet compliment to venison or a great appetizer with venison poppers.

An Easy, Delicious Way to Enjoy Deer Backstraps and Fruit

My friend Heidi lives in Arizona and is an engaging, thoughtful and funny writer. She has a cool blog site with her musings and awesome photos on food and cooking. One of her recent recipes is for a Fig and Ricotta Pizza. Before you curl your upper lip in an “Ewww!” snarl, just don’t....

Smokey Lettuce Wraps

Smoky Venison Lettuce Wraps with Sage Corn Salsa

Wow! This recipe looks pretty doggone incredible and is a super dish to make during summer with fresh corn and other garden ingredients. The fine folks at Food For Hunters whipped up this venison treat. It’s officially called “Smoky Lettuce Wraps with Sage Corn Salsa.” Looks outstanding! You can check out this specific recipe...

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Grab a Spoon and Your Appetite for This Hearty Venison Stew

A hearty venison stew is one of the best things we can enjoy during autumn and winter, especially one with flavor and enough hearty deer meat to stick to your ribs. This recipe from Fran Tenakee comes from the Alaska Fish & Wildlife News and sounds like a doggone winner. Whether it’s from our...

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...

This pot of hot chili has beans and tomato sauce, both a point of contention in the chili world. What's your take on ingredients to use in venison chili?

Venison Chili: Flavorful Dish Comes From the West

Venison chili is a favorite of many hunters. It’s easy to make, you can use ground or chunked venison, and it is so doggone versatile it’s not even funny. Make it mild or hot, spoon it out of a bowl or eat on cornbread or spaghetti, beans or no beans … so many options. Brad Fresch,...

Yeti Tundra cooler

With the Best Cooler, Your Venison Will be Fresher

In 2013 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...