Venison Sausage Smoked Shots

Use your venison sausage to make these popular appetizers for your next get-together

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With holiday parties in full swing, I’m often asked to bring wild game appetizers for everyone to try. One of my favorites is this sausage recipe.

These sausage appetizers are perfect for any party.

Whether you make your own sausage or take your deer to a processor, this recipe is always a huge hit with everyone who tries it. This particular pack of sausage was gifted to us on a recent Louisiana duck hunt and came from Van’s Deer Processing and Sporting Goods down in Brandon, MS. If you’ve ever had their sausage, then you will probably agree that its some of the best out there. 

Cut the sausage into 1" lengths and cut the bacon in half.

You can use toothpicks to pin the bacon to the sausage, but I like to use 4 or 5 inch wooden skewers to make it easier for guests to grab and hold as they walk around and mingle with other guests. 

Use longer wooden skewers to make easy eating on the go.


1 pound of venison smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch links

8 oz cream cheese softened

½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

¼ cup sliced jalapeños, diced

2 tbsp Myron Mixon Original BBQ Rub

1.5 pound sliced bacon, cut in half

Wooden skewers or toothpicks

Cooking Instructions

These are pretty simple. Start by adding the cream cheese, jalapeño peppers, shredded cheese, and BBQ rub to a bowl.

Add the filling ingredients to a bowl.

Stir until well blended. 

Blend the topping ingredients.

Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each piece of sausage with a half strip of bacon, leaving the bacon standing a quarter to a half inch above the top of the sausage and flush with the bottom of the sausage link. Pin the bacon in place with a skewer or toothpick. 

Wrap the sausage with bacon and pin it in place before filling with cream cheese mixture.

Use a spoon to fill the cavity on top of each link with the cream cheese mixture to fill it to the top of the bacon. Preheat your Traeger to 350 degrees.

Grill until the bacon is done.

Place the links directly on a grill grate, cream cheese up. Grill for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is cooked through. 

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