There's nothing quite like the flavor of venison. This easy-to-cook Venison Steak is a good choice for anyone wanting lean meat full of flavor. Your taste buds will enjoy trying wild game meats, like this juicy venison steak.
If you've always wanted to try deer meat or cook deer steaks on your own, now is the time to do so. This deer steak recipe is simple and easy to make without the worry of toughness or gamey flavor.
Cooking venison steaks isn't hard to do, but there are a few steps and things to remember the first time you do. Below, we'll go over the best way to make juicy venison steaks. You're about to have the best-tasting wild venison steak ever. (and if you're cooking up your own deer that you hunted, it's a great feeling!)
- Venison steak - You can get a cut of venison from the local butcher in town.
- Brown sugar - This adds sweetness to the dry rub recipe.
- Smoked paprika - Smoked paprika is delicious, but you can also use regular if smoked isn't available.
- Garlic powder - For flavor.
- Onion powder - For flavor.
- Kosher salt - Just a little salt is great for helping to tenderize the red meat.
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How to Make Venison Steaks
Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees.
Add all of the seasoning mixture to the venison.
Place the meat into the smoker for 50 minutes or until a meat thermometer shows the internal temperature to be 135 degrees.
You can also make the perfect venison steak in a cast iron pan, on the pellet grill, or on a hot grill. Whatever cooking method you choose, just pay attention to the internal temperature of the steaks. I think it's fun to try a different way of cooking this lean cut of meat.
- Spicy - If you want to give your juicy steaks a bit of heat, add some cayenne pepper to the dry rub.
- Olive oil - You can drizzle olive oil, salt, and black pepper on this venison steak recipe as well if you don't want to make the dry rub.
These Venison Sliders are another variation that I love to make!
While it's true that deer steak is typically going to be chewier than beef steak, that doesn't mean that the piece of meat has to be chewy. Cuts of venison can have more muscle fibers, so it's a good idea to rely on the cooking process to help tenderize the meat.
If you're worried that the steak is going to be chewy, add some meat tenderize before cooking it. Also, cooking them to a medium-rare status will help them be tender as well.
If you want to soak the deer meat in lemon juice or tomato juice, this can be a good option as well to help tenderize the meat. The high activity can break down the meat in a way that makes it juicy and delicious.
There are actually a lot of ways that you can add flavor and taste to these steaks. The dry rub recipe here is a great one, as it balances out a lot of different flavors. Most seasonings will work fine with this type of meat, so have fun trying out different flavors.
In addition to the seasoning, adding a little bit of garlic butter to the top of the steaks after they are cooked is a great way to alleviate the worry of dry steaks.
Just about anything! You can cut the steak into smaller pieces and make venison tacos, or even add the leftover meat to soups and stews. It has a great flavor and taste and is really versatile in how it can be used.
If you just want to reheat and it is just like it is, you can easily do that, too. Just warm it back up low and slow, and enjoy that wonderful flavor.
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- 1 venison steak
Sweet & Smoky Dry Rub
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar optional
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the smoker to 225.
- Rub venison with seasonings.
- Smoke for 50 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 135.