How to Cook Deer Meat on the Grill - Steaks

Steak on a grill Congrats! You were successful this season and have plenty of deer meat in the freezer, or, at the very least, you should congratulate your neighbor whose freezer is full and has generously given you their...

Steak on a grill
Steak on a grill

Congrats! You were successful this season and have plenty of deer meat in the freezer, or, at the very least, you should congratulate your neighbor whose freezer is full and has generously given you their surplus. Now, what to do with it?

Follow these simple steps on how to cook deer meat on the grill to impress all your buddies in deer camp, or wow your friends and family at home.

  1. If not already done so, cut meat into steaks. The tenderloin or, backstrap as some may call it, is preferred. Other steak cuts work very well, too. Cut 3/4 - 1" thick.
  2. Prep grill, or grill pan, to medium-high heat. Brush olive oil on grate, or pan ridges.
  3. Place steaks on the grill, evenly spaces apart for 4 minutes. Lift and rotate steaks (Do Not Flip) 90 degrees and place back on grill for 1-2 more minutes. This will create excellent grill marks.
  4. Flip steaks over and repeat Step 3. Lightly sprinkle salt and pepper over the top. After the 4 minute mark rotation lightly sprinkle brown sugar over the tops of each steak.
  5. Remove steaks from grill to your serving dish, cover with aluminum foil and let them rest for 3-5 minutes. Then serve.

This simple approach provides a savory, medium-rare steak that your buddies will ask for every year in camp.

If medium to well-done is preferred, add 1-2 minutes per side and place a small bit of butter on the steak after you've flipped it. Deer meat is very different than beef, it has no fat in it. Beef is a marbled fat, whereas deer only has fat on the outsides and is cut away from the meat before cooking.

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