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This is a hunting site. Yeah some are shocked. My question to everyone and no BS. Do you truly love Whitetail venison/meat? Pretty simple question. In all honesty for me if made into sausage, German or breakfast I'm all over it. Chicken fried i'm in. As a just alone and on the grill type of meat, not so much.

If you donate it or other that's cool as lone as it's legal. I know plenty of guys who just give away the meat they take. I can eat it but it has to be to my liking,

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Yes and so does my home crew. Venison in the skillet or crockpot is great, on the grill not so much. Axis can grill on the pit but not whitetail just my opinion others may disagree.

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Some cuts are good on the grill, some cooked down in the crockpot, and some wrapped in bacon and smoked. Thereís lots of good things to make with different cuts, and some cuts are better off being ground up and turned to sausage. Do I love venison as in being my favorite, no, but I sure do enjoy eating it.


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Prefer venison for chili and this is a mother great venison dish.


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Not for me. The videos of this recipe all showed chopsticks. Do you?


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I broke out my wok and it was a done deal within ten minutes. It's a great dish for leftovers. Simply stick it in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

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Never for grilling for me. Do the math. Beef is cheaper.


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Backstrap grilled to 135 degrees is pretty darn good.

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Originally Posted by Herbie Hancock
Backstrap grilled to 135 degrees is pretty darn good.


Better than a prime tenderloin?


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I haven't eaten ground hamburger in years. I used ground venison exclusively. Love me some fried blackstrap too,

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Venison is fine. Axis is devine.


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I truly enjoy eating whitetail venison. There are many ways I enjoy it grilled, fried, chili, sausage, jerky....

I like beef but if I have a choice between a home cooked steak or a back strap I will take a back strap every time.

Just me but I really like it, now if talking about Axis or whitetail, axis wins every time and prefer axis bakstrap to beef ribeye.

I am on a low fat low salt diet so these days I go for the leanest beef and when doing that no doubt I prefer venison to beef

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Originally Posted by bill oxner
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Backstrap grilled to 135 degrees is pretty darn good.


Better than a prime tenderloin?


Iíll say itís better than a prime tenderloin. I donít cook it over 130 and itís delicious. I donít care to much for the overly fatty steak cuts. Having said that I prefer a dry aged prime steak over venison. I donít like fried food ether so I typically grill or sous vide the backstrap. Vensiom just needs to be cooked different then beef. Iíve learned most people have never had it cooked right. The problem is it cooks very fast due to the leaness and if you donít like medium rare steak than your going to have a tuff time enjoying .

But you really canít compare it to to really prime beef cuts. There just different animals all together. Seems like comparing chicken to duck. I really do love venison. That doesnít mean it has to be my single favorite type of meat. My favorite would be a dry aged ribeye. But my second favorite would be a sous vide backstrap at 129 degrees.

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Originally Posted by bill oxner
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Backstrap grilled to 135 degrees is pretty darn good.


Better than a prime tenderloin?

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Originally Posted by bill oxner
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Backstrap grilled to 135 degrees is pretty darn good.


Better than a prime tenderloin?


It can be equally good.


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I like it. I enjoy the flavor itís has, and Iím not one to soak on ice and bleed the meat out to make it mild either. I don't try to make it something its not, If you want it to taste like beef, butcher a steer. I like a beef ribeye as much as the next guy, but between a beef sirloin and a deer backstrap, I will choose the deer, the flavor is much better IMO. Backstrap grilled over hot Mesquite coals to about a rare plus makes a good steak. I like it chicken fried, and when ground with a little fat or bacon added makes a great burger. I prefer the sausage I make 30/70 Pork/Deer to any other. The flavor and texture of the deer is excellent.

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yep, I truly love WT venison cooked in a multitude of ways. Of course my favorite is Chicken or German fried. I also really like to take tenderized cutlets, season with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder, marinate in zesty Italian dressing for a few hours, then onto a hot grill over coals for a few minutes per side (while still moist) and use for fajitas. Another favorite around my house is a stuffed/wrapped whole (or 1/2) backstrap in the smoker for a few hours. My mom used to do a whole bone-in shoulder roast in the oven that was okay but not my favorite. We also use a lot of venison hamburger in a whole variety of dishes instead of beef HB.


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It is my main source of protein daily. But I'm not a huge fan of it on the grill. It is a SUPER STAR in the chili pot. Also it's great in a carne gusiada.(SP)


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Yes I really like venison. Cut steaks and grill or sear in cast iron just like you would beef steak keeping it rare helps a lot with the tender ness. I like venison jerky. Many of the ways we use it has it fried or mixed with pork etc. but how many ways do you eat beef that isn't ground or fried or etc? I have also made fajitas that were great also.


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Originally Posted by Caskins
I haven't eaten ground hamburger in years. I used ground venison exclusively. Love me some fried blackstrap too,
My family has gotten to like it better than HB meat also.

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We almost never buy hamburger at the store, but use venison burger and tenderized round steak all year. Bacon-wrapped backstrap medium rare on the grill, venison breakfast sausage and German sausage are other favorites. I have tried roasts several, but have never been satisfied...grind it up!

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Originally Posted by bigbob_ftw
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Backstrap grilled to 135 degrees is pretty darn good.


Better than a prime tenderloin?


It can be equally good.


Yep

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Originally Posted by bigbob_ftw
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Backstrap grilled to 135 degrees is pretty darn good.


Better than a prime tenderloin?


It can be equally good.

I love a well prepared and cooked venison steak, but i'd say someone isn't being objective on that taste test. Backstrap/loin is an inferior cut of meat when compared to the beef tenderloin it is also not near a prime cut of marbled beef.


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The only way I like it is hamburger with some beef fat added or made into sausage or jerky.

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I also think it is dependent on preparation and care of the meat. My wife grew up in a no wild game household, if they ate fish it was at a restaurant and other than that it was beef/chicken/turkey only. We eat something made of venison 3-5 nights a week with no complaints.


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Yes I love whitetail meat. My son and I go through 3 deer a year. I cant remember the last time I bought a beef steak to cook but I will eat one if dining out.

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Originally Posted by don k
The only way I like it is hamburger with some beef fat added or made into sausage or jerky.


Same here. When I was a kid we ate venison all the time. It was that or nothing around our house.


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yep!!! all we eat. Ground is the way we use it most. I don't even add the fat to it anymore.

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