My husband is a big deer hunter. A friend of his manages a ranch in South Texas, which means Brad goes deer hunting at least 3 times a year, if not more. He doesn’t hunt for trophy bucks, he hunts for the pure joy of waking up at 4am to sit in a deer blind in complete silence for hours on end and to bring some deer meat home. Personally, I don’t think a zombie apocolypse could get me out of bed at 4am, but to each their own I suppose. I’m actually thankful for Brad’s hunting skills, because I know that in the event of a zombie apocolypse, natural disaster, or if the Hunger Games really happened, Brad wouldn’t die and and we wouldn’t starve – yay!
Anyway, since Brad hunts often, we have a stash of frozen deer meat in our 2nd freezer at all times. Eating venison isn’t my fave, but it’s tolerable. Brad can throw a marinated slab of backstrap on the grill and eat it like it’s no big deal, but I can pretty much only eat venison that is fried or cooked in the crockpot. Which brings me to the resason for my blog post – yesterday was Brad’s birthday and his birthday dinner request was shredded venison sandwiches. A few years ago, I found a recipe for shredded venison sandwiches on tasteofhome.com. I make these sammys once or twice a year, and they are actually quite good.
Each time I make them, I change things up a little bit because the recipe calls for several different spices and I usually get creative and just use what I have in the house. This time around, I soaked the meat in milk overnight to help remove gamey flavor that venison has. I accidentally overcooked the meat (very easy to do with venison because it is so lean) so I ended up mixing the meat and juices together in my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I added a bit of water and some BBQ sauce to moisten the meat a bit it turned out to me more like a venison sloppy joe, which I actually preferred to the shredded venison sandwich!
Sidenote: If you’ve never used your stand mixer to shred beef or chicken, you really need to try it. Anytime a recipe instructs me to grab two forks and shred meat that I have just cooked, I say, “psh, yeah right” and throw everything in the stand mixer bowl. If you use the blade attachment, you will get finely shredded meat at the flip of a switch.
I’m always looking for new venison recipes to try. If you have one to share, I’d love to read it!