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Southern Cuisine: Smoked Venison Roast

Updated on August 25, 2011

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!

BBQ cooking is great for venison!
BBQ cooking is great for venison!


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    • 2patricias profile image


      7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Sounds interesting, and very tasty.

      I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      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.

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      8 years ago

      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!!!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Venison is great if you cook it right!

    • shoeaddict profile image


      9 years ago

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

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

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

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      10 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      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.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      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 profile image


      10 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      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.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

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

    • bearclawmedia profile image


      10 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

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

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      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!

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

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

    • ehern33 profile image


      10 years ago

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

    • PrettyPanther profile image


      10 years ago from Oregon

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

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      Patti Ann 

      10 years ago from Florida

      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 profile image


      10 years ago from Irl


      Sounds delightfully delicious.

    • breakfastpop profile image


      10 years ago

      Dear habee,

      Sorry, I just can't go there!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile image


      10 years ago from Georgia, USA

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

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      Putz Ballard 

      10 years ago

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


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