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Venison Marsala

Updated on April 26, 2015
venison marsala
venison marsala

Our friend Tim is an adventurous cook and loves to serve really special meals for his friends. He lives in Missouri and during one of our visits he tried out this recipe for venison marsala.

He isn't a hunter but one of his friends brought him the venison. I helped him look up recipes and this one caught his eye. He adjusted it to use with his smoker with the final part of the cooking completed on his outdoor grill.

What a special meal that was. With the venison we had garlic mashed potatoes, a medley of yellow squash, zuchinni and broccoli, and a fresh garden salad.

Ingredients for Venison Marsala

  • 7 to 9 pound venison roast
  • 3/4 pound of bacon
  • cup and a half of marsala wine
  • chopped onions
  • fresh chopped garlic
  • 2 or 3 pinches of rosemary leaf
  • mesquite chips for the smoker

Instructions

  1. Pierce the meat with the special tool and let it marinate in wine throughout the day.
  2. Wrap the meat in the bacon strips.
  3. Smoke the meat using mesquite chips. He added celery and rosemary to the water with the wood chips for additional flavoring. Smoke it for 8 hours.
  4. Finish cooking it on the grill to brown the meat. Baste it with marsala cooking wine during this time. During the browning, top it with the chopped garlic and onions.
  5. Serve it with your favorite side dishes.

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Follow the Process in Pictures

Marinate it in the marsala wine.
Marinate it in the marsala wine. | Source
Put your flavored wood chips in the smoker.
Put your flavored wood chips in the smoker. | Source
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Put the venison roast on the spit to grill evenly.
Put the venison roast on the spit to grill evenly. | Source
Jaccard Simply Better Meat Tenderizer Knife 45 Blade Stainless Steel Md: 200345NS
Jaccard Simply Better Meat Tenderizer Knife 45 Blade Stainless Steel Md: 200345NS

Stab the venison with this tenderizer before marinating it in wine.

My husband used a meat tenderizer like this for steak and chicken as well, not just for venison.

 
Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker, Top Controller
Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker, Top Controller

Smoke the meat following the directions for your particular smoker.

 

Serve It with Your Favorite Side Dishes

Here we had salad, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, spiced apple rings and the host's family recipe of German marinated cucumbers.
Here we had salad, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, spiced apple rings and the host's family recipe of German marinated cucumbers. | Source

It was a memorable meal!

— Virginia Allain

© 2013 Virginia Allain

Tell me about your experiences cooking venison. Have you tried it with bacon? Do you marinate it? Smoke it? Grill it?

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      I have a venison roast in the freezer. I will have to try this recipe. It looks delicious!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @tonyleather: I sort of thought it would be too gamey, but the marinating and smoking seemed to balance that out.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Not actually a big fan of venison. I think it is too gamey and very much an aqquired taste!