Venison Sloppy Joes – NOM!

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  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!


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