Simple Venison Marinade
I love game meat, especially venison and wild pork. And I’ll admit that I get a little carried away with the fantasy of eating ‘off grind’, but it just doesn’t seem right to take pristine natural game meat and smother it in some commercial steak or BBQ sauce containing high fructose and a host of other chemicals. So I’ve been mostly using Keith Snow’s Organic Montana Steak Seasoning sprinkled on the meat, the problem is not much flavor penetrates into the meat and you have to use a ton of season. Unfortunately making my own sauces is beyond my current cooking skills and there are a bunch of other skills I’m working on ahead of sauce making like brewing my on beer. Anyways I was preparing some venison steak for my visiting in laws and decided to wing it with this marinade and it turned out to be a big hit. It’s delicious, simple, very easy and almost ‘off grid’ due to it’s simple and common ingredients that store well.
-Apple Cider Vinegar
-Dry Steak Seasoning (I’ve been using Keith Snow’s Organic Montana Steak Seasoning but you use whatever you have and you could make your own pretty easy from the garden)
-Salt (I use sea-salt)
Start with a separate bowl and DO NOT add the marinade to the meat until you are finished making it, this part is essential so you can taste it as you go. Figure out how much liquid you need to fully cover your meat by eye balling it. Add vinegar and water at a rough ratio of 60/40 till you get the desired volume, pour in some steak seasoning till it looks similar to fully mixed Italian dressing. Add ~2 cloves of crushed garlic per pound of meat. Now taste it with a spoon, it’s pretty bland cause the salt in the steak season is now diluted throughout the vinegar/water. Add salt to the marinade till it has a nice taste to it, I like mine pretty salty.
Now the marinade is done, pour it over the steak a few minutes or hours before you cook it and enjoy. I cook venison pretty lightly as so not to dry it out, just enough to the point where the center of the meat is warm, that’s it. This makes for tender, juicy, and delicious little steaks right off the grill with no further seasoning necessary. It’s also outstanding for taking as to go lunches if the steak is not over cooked initially. Steak prepared this way is very good cold for lunches or if you reheat in the microwave if you it won’t over cook into leather as easily.
Enjoy and leave any questions or comments below.