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#6248681 - 04/05/16 12:25 PM Tenderizing deer meat???
Hunter Daddy Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
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Whether BBQing or frying a piece of deer meat (backstrap or hindquarter), what do you do to tenderize it? It seems that it always comes out "tough" even if its undercooked. I like it medium to medium rare.

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#6248686 - 04/05/16 12:28 PM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
BMD Offline
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Registered: 06/21/07
Posts: 40539
Loc: Rockwall, Texas
Let it soak in vegetable oil and Adams fajita seasoning let sit in frig for 24hrs then grill it pull it rare and you can cut with a fork
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#6248692 - 04/05/16 12:31 PM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Hunter Daddy Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
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Sounds good BMD! I'll try that!

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#6248704 - 04/05/16 12:41 PM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 09/10/12
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
can always hammer with a meat tenderizer ... I usually will put in saran wrap first, this keeps stuff from splattering and keeps the tenderizer clean.
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#6248823 - 04/05/16 02:26 PM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
StretchR Online   content
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 309
Loc: Hutto, TX (Williamson Co)

Can also use a "Jaccard" meat tenderizer. They are sold all over. Here's the company website:

http://www.jaccard.com/Original-Super-Meat-Tenderizer--48-Knife_p_10.html

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#6248834 - 04/05/16 02:38 PM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 09/16/09
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meat hammer is the best thing to use and you dont have to hit it that hard enough to get the desired texture! i always use a the hammer then soak in milk for a few then season, flour and into the grease. works like a charm cheers


Edited by NewGulf (04/05/16 02:39 PM)

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#6249042 - 04/05/16 04:59 PM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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I invented an electric meat tenderizer attachment that looked like a small old fashion washing machine rollers. I couldn't sell it,but you can buy a bigger one.
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#6249248 - 04/05/16 07:32 PM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Never had to tenderize backstrap.
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#6249540 - 04/06/16 12:12 AM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 08/27/09
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Loc: Forney, Tx
My gramma swears soaking it in Vinegar and water over night. I might try that tomorrow. I always use Coke I weight and the a meat tenderizer, the Coke doesn't leave any flavor
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#6250982 - 04/07/16 10:03 AM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
We have a hand-crank tenderizer for the ham steaks, they get run through that before we package them. Never had a tenderness problem with backstrap.
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#6251527 - 04/07/16 06:55 PM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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You might try buttermilk. It works pretty well.
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#6251774 - 04/07/16 10:09 PM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Simple Searcher Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext
Dry aging make a huge difference, if you have the facilities
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#6251996 - 04/08/16 08:35 AM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Texas
Probably the biggest two things I can think of for ensuring tender venison
1- select a good cut of meat for what you are wanting to make
2- cut it correctly, cross grain

I don't tenderize, marinate, or age the venison steaks I grill. Cut them about an inch thick season with kosher salt, course black pepper, and a little garlic, and cook very high heat for a short time, just long enough to sear the outside. I prefer them rare, wife likes medium. They are always good, most of the time as tender or more so than select steaks from HEB etc.

If chicken frying I will pound with a meat mallet or run through my crank tenderizer.
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#6252935 - 04/09/16 02:12 AM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Hunter Daddy]
waymond5414 Offline
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Registered: 03/20/16
Posts: 31
Soak in Italian dressing is a good way to make em
Tender. 24-48 hours

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#6254541 - 04/10/16 03:51 PM Re: Tenderizing deer meat??? [Re: Simple Searcher]
TexasJohn Offline
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Registered: 11/08/05
Posts: 112
Loc: Fort Worth TX
Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
Dry aging make a huge difference, if you have the facilities


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