25 recipes to try if you have a freezer full of deer meat


It is almost that time of year when hunters will be bringing home venison and families will be wondering what to do with all that meat. The average deer will produce between 75 and 150 pounds of meat, which is certainly enough to fill a freezer and keep a family well fed through the cold Maine winter.


Here are 25 delicious recipes that will liven up your winter dinner menus. At the end of this post are three videos that show you how to butcher a deer, how to wrap and freeze deer meat, how to grind deer meat, and how to make your own deer jerky.

Bon appetit!

Venison Tenderloins with Blueberry Sauce

Venison Stock

Venison Stir Fry

Venison Roast in a Dutch Oven

Herb Crusted Venison Medallions 

Grilled Venison Backstrap

Venison Stew

Slow Cooker Venison Roast

Venison Chile Con Carne

Elk or Venison Jerky

Venison Meatballs with Pasta Ribbons

Venison Sausage Burgers

Slow Cooker Apple-Scented Venison Roast

Barbecued Venison

Venison Sauage with Potatoes

Korean BBQ Crockpot Venison

Gunsmoke Chile

Venison Lasagna 

Venison Gyros

Braised Venison with Rosemary and Shiitake

Deer Jerky

Drunk Deer Chili

Venison Tips and Rice

Venison Schnitzel

Bacon-Wrapped Venison Tenderloin with Garlic Cream Sauce

This video shows you how to grind venison into ground meat.

And this video shows you how to make your own venison jerky.

This is a video that shows you how to butcher a deer.

And finally, this video shows you how to wrap and freeze venison.