10 Awesome Venison Recipes for Deer Hunters

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

What's your favorite recipe for deer meat?

I’ll give you the top three reasons I deer hunt. Backstrap. Tenderloin. And backstrap. Food — that’s the main reason we hunt, right? It is for me and many hunters that I know. I’m not saying you shouldn’t hunt for fun or to be with family and friends. Those are excellent reasons, too. But I just can’t ever seem to get the thought of pan-seared backstrap smothered in gravy out of my mind.

And from all of the recipes he cranks out, neither can Timber2Table’s Michael Pendley. He reveals two new recipes each week and they’re always hard on the appetite and easy on the taste buds. Here are my 10 favorite Timber2Table recipes for venison.

Deep-Fried BBQ Venison and Cheese Pockets

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1 | Deep-Fried BBQ Venison and Cheese Pockets

Having some people over? Need a plate of good finger foods? Try the deep-fried BBQ venison and cheese pockets. These taste great and are perfect for watching the ball game, a snack or a full-blown meal for that matter.

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Chip Bag Camp Venison Tacos

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2 | Chip Bag Camp Venison Tacos

I love this idea. It’s incredible. A true modern deer camp meal if you will. Everything you love about tacos in an easy-to-eat bag of chips. Just fork it out bite by bite. Truly awesome idea. Pendley might just be a genius.

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Keith

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3 | Keith's Sweet and Spicy Venison

You can’t go wrong with this one. It’s heaven on a stick. And it has that sweet and spicy combination taste that we all love. This one will be a house favorite with the first bite. That I can almost guarantee.

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Michaela’s Venison Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

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4 | Michaela’s Venison Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Are you a Sloppy Joes fan? Never buy those store-bought mixes again, then. Use Pendley’s blend of ingredients to make them the next go around. You won’t be sorry you did.

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Smoked Rack of Venison

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5 | Smoked Rack of Venison

Oh my gosh. This might just be the best one on this list. Do you like ribs? You ain’t American if you don’t. And if you haven’t clicked the link below and tried this recipe, you’re behind the times. Because this one will blow the taste buds right off your tongue. It’ll ruin you for any other foods you ever eat.

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Venison Loose Meat Party Sliders

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6 | Venison Loose Meat Party Sliders

This is the ultimate party food. You can’t beat venison sliders for when the guys (or gals) come over. This is where it’s at. Great food. Great flavor. Great for whatever event you have planned. Put this on your short list of get-together grub.

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Venison Philly Cheesesteak Dip

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7 | Venison Philly Cheesesteak Dip

Okay. Never mind. Maybe this one is the ultimate party food. Regardless, one thing is for sure, it’s the ultimate chip dip. There’s no doubt about that. You can’t go wrong with the venison Philly cheesesteak dip.

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Venison Tamale Pie

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8 | Venison Tamale Pie

This is a classy dish right here. The venison tamale pie is an excellent dish if you’re wanting to impress someone. It’s great for those “fancy dinners.” The presentation is phenomenal. The taste is even better.

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Smoked Venison and Onion Sandwich

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9 | Smoked Venison and Onion Sandwich

Wow. If you love meaty sandwiches, this is the one for you. Packed full of flavor, the smoked venison and onion sandwich will blow you away. It’s that good. For real. If you haven’t tried it already, might want to soon.

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Steakhouse-Style Pan-Seared Backstrap with Easy Garlic Butter Pan Sauce

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10 | Steakhouse-Style Pan-Seared Backstrap with Easy Garlic Butter Pan Sauce

I saved the best for last. You can’t beat the steakhouse-style, pan-seared backstrap. Put a little garlic butter pan sauce on it and there’s no going back. You’ll make this one for life. I assure you. You want some.

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All recipes and photos by Michael Pendley. If you liked these, check out our Timber2Table blog. It’s full of recipes for all wild game species.

Editor's Note: This was originally published May 18, 2017.

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