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How to Cook a Venison Joint

Updated November 21, 2016

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

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

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

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

  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. Cook the venison joint for two more hours.

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

  11. Tip

    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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Things You'll 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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