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#6060892 - 12/01/15 03:03 PM Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat
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I was thinking of trying this for our hamburger meat and using bacon ends instead of beef fat to do our grind. Anyone done this? For the spaghetti meat I may just grind some beef fat into it since I'm not sure how good bacon spaghetti will turn out.

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#6060901 - 12/01/15 03:07 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: rexmitchell]
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My brother does that for his everyday burger and swears by it
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#6060902 - 12/01/15 03:07 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: rexmitchell]
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My uncle used to do that and he made the best burgers ever. It'll be great no matter what you put it in.
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#6060917 - 12/01/15 03:13 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: rexmitchell]
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Yea I'm thinking it would be hard to go wrong. Did he just do straight bacon/venison and nothing else? This will be my first year doing my own grind.

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#6060925 - 12/01/15 03:17 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: rexmitchell]
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just pour bacon grease instead of the actual meat
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#6060931 - 12/01/15 03:21 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: rexmitchell]
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He had an old Griswold grinder mounted on the counter. He ran the meat and bacon through it together and then I cooked it on the grill.

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#6061048 - 12/01/15 04:13 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: Cast]
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My uncle used to do that and he made the best burgers ever. It'll be great no matter what you put it in.




Better than Whatabooger? Get outta here! rofl

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#6061072 - 12/01/15 04:23 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: rexmitchell]
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I buy the boxes of bacon ends and pieces then run it thru the grinder and place in sandwich size freezer bags the freezer....I then use my previously ground venison and/or wild pig and mix in whatever ratio for what I am cooking.

I make chili with 3 lbs of wild pig, 3 lbs of venison, and 1 lb of ground bacon.....Haven't had a complaint yet.... food
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#6061137 - 12/01/15 04:59 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: rexmitchell]
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I use the heck out of bacon ends and pieces. For my venison/antelope/or any other lean meat grind for hamburgers I grind 75% venison with 25% bacon. It makes a HUGE difference. I don't add anything to the rest of my ground meat, (normally), until I decide what I'm cooking with it. Yes a little bacon goes great in spaghetti or a sauce piquant!

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#6061146 - 12/01/15 05:03 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: NewGulf]
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My uncle used to do that and he made the best burgers ever. It'll be great no matter what you put it in.




Better than Whatabooger? Get outta here! rofl


Oh, this was way before WB but yes they were better.
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#6061225 - 12/01/15 05:41 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: rexmitchell]
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Opening Day, on this forum, gave me some venison mixed with bacon last year. It was done by Dozers in Fulshear. I gave him some vegetables from my garden. I got the best end of the deal.

I saved it until Cathy came home for Christmas and made spaghetti sauce with it. I had planned to make at least three meals from the batch. Cathy ate the leftovers like they were chili.
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#6061503 - 12/01/15 07:32 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: Cast]
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Originally Posted By: Cast
My uncle used to do that and he made the best burgers ever. It'll be great no matter what you put it in.




Better than Whatabooger? Get outta here! rofl


Oh, this was way before WB but yes they were better.
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#6061627 - 12/01/15 08:20 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: rexmitchell]
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Best way to do this is to cook the bacon on its own. Fully cook it, but limp bacon, not crispy. Add that to your grind along with some of the grease.
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#6061647 - 12/01/15 08:29 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: rexmitchell]
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I've added bacon ends in the past and even ground some with maple bacon. I can smell it when cooking but don't taste the bacon at all.

Most of the time anymore I just grind straight venison unless its a buck I take in for taxi work then I have it ground with beef tallow.

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#6061648 - 12/01/15 08:30 PM Re: Mixing bacon and venison for the ground meat [Re: rexmitchell]
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Try this if you can cold smoke the bacon. Smoke it so much that it is too smoky to be good as bacon then grind with your venison 75/25 venison to bacon. The result will be fantastic. Can pan fry or cook on a Foreman grill and think it was cooked over wood coals. Use hickory or pecan for the smoking as that much mesquite gets bitter IMO

Got that tip from Wensel at Wensel's Lone Star Meats in Hamilton. He sells buffalo burger made that way and will process your deer that way. Some of the best bacon burger you will ever have. Works great in other dishes like Chili, and anything else you might use ground beef for.

And yes it is way better than Whataburger or any other burger place I have eaten at. Bought a Master Chef electric smoker with the cold smoker attachment mostly for this but does good smoking other things like link sausage, turkey, Jerky, brisket....
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