How to Cook a Venison Joint

Written by m.b. lachlei
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Cooking venison can be challenging first time, especially a joint of venison. Too often, cooks make the mistake of treating venison like beef, which ends up making for a tough or even inedible hunk of meat when finished. If you have a crock pot, use a slow-cooking method. It works especially well on tougher meats, but also works well on tender meat.

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Things you need

  • Venison joint or roast
  • Paper towels
  • Crockpot
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 packet dried onion soup mix
  • 227gr. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, cut in wedges
  • 2 large peeled carrots, cut up
  • 1 large celery stalk, cut up
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Sauce pan
  • Spoon
  • Stove

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    Cooking a Venison Joint

  1. 1

    Turn on crock pot on high. Wipe venison with paper towels to absorb extra liquid.

  2. 2

    Place venison in centre of crock pot and pour olive oil, garlic and pepper over it, turning a few times to make sure it's coated.

  3. 3

    Open cream of mushroom soup and dried onion soup and pour over venison.

  4. 4

    Add vegetables so that they're evenly dispersed throughout the crock pot. Add the wine and beef broth.

  5. 5

    Put the lid on the crock pot and cook the meat and vegetables on high for four to six hours.

  6. 6

    Remove a cup of the liquid from crock pot and set it aside to cool. Once cool, mix flour in and return to the crock pot, mixing well.

  7. 7

    Cook the venison joint for two more hours.

  8. 8

    Remove the venison from the crock pot and put it on a plate to cut and serve. Remove vegetables to either eat or discard. Reserve the mushrooms.

  9. 9

    If the juice is not the consistency of gravy, transfer it to a sauce pan and heat on the stove medium-high, stirring frequently, until thick.

  10. 10

    Slice the venison joint and serve it with gravy and rice or noodles.

Tips and warnings

  • Tougher portions of venison will require longer cooking times and lower heat. Set the crock pot to low and cook for eight to 10 hours.
  • Boneless venison will take shorter time to cook than venison with the bone in.
  • Always cook game thoroughly to avoid parasitic infections.
  • In areas where Chronic Wasting Disease is common, have your deer tested for the disease. If it tests positive for the disease, do not eat any of the meat.
  • Having a butcher properly bone the venison reduces the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease.

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