It takes only a few extra steps to make a venison marinade that will enhance your hard-earned venison for the table. For any cut of meat made for the oven, grill, or skillet, the flavor is everything. The same is true for game meat!
- 1.5 – 2 lbs. venison back strap (or your favorite cut of venison)
- 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- Prep: Cut your backstop, loin, or favorite cut of venison into 1 inch thick steaks if not already done. Using a sharp knife, trim all the silverskin from the meat.
- Create Marinade: Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl and stir well until the salt dissolves. Place your venison into a gallon size freezer bag and pour over the marinade. Remove as much air from the bag as you can. Allow the steaks to marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, but no more than 6.
- Cook: Cook the steaks on a pellet smoker, grill, or cast-iron skillet with a preheated temperature of 350˚F. If making venison steaks, they only need 4-5 minutes per side.
Pellet Smoker: Preheat to 350˚F. Each steak only requires 4-5 minutes of cooking per side. Since venison does not have a high natural fat content, you’ll ruin your steak by overcooking it.
Regular Grill: Grill until you reach an internal temperature of 135˚ to 140˚ F to reach a medium-rare to medium steak.
Cast Iron Skillet: Look for a key internal temperature of 135-140˚F to reach a medium-rare to medium steak.
When you reach a key internal temperature of 135-140 degrees (medium-rare to medium), pull them off the heat immediately and allow them to rest under foil for 7-10 minutes before serving.
Make Ahead: You can make this marinade up to 24 hours ahead. Keep it in the refrigerator. However, marinate the meat for only 2 to 6 hours.
Other Cuts of Meat: This marinade is delicious with other cuts of meat like beef and pork or game like elk and moose.
Nutrition information does not include the cut of meat you choose.
- Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
- Calories: 19
- Sugar: .2
- Sodium: 87.9
- Fat: 1.9
- Carbohydrates: .6
- Protein: .1
- Cholesterol: 0
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