Deer Sausage

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by joelarbear, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. I'm going to make some deer breakfast sausage patties. I have a 7 lb. shoulder that I'm going to use. I've eaten some ground deer from this particular deer, and I noticed a gamier than usual taste to it. Will soaking it overnight in buttermilk take some of this gamey flavor out, or would you recommend brining it, an if so, what brine would you use?
  2. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't soak my venison. By the time you mix some pork and your spices and herbs in for the sausage, you probably won't notice a gamey taste.
  3. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    As Bassman said, be sure to add pork @ about 20 -30 %.
  4. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Don't do a thing as far as soaking or brining. As far as gamey taste goes, well just remember. Deer meat is not beef, its a whole different animal just as lamb, goat or buffalo all taste different from one another. I love the taste of pure venison steaks myself. The deer meat takes on a flavor from what its been eating mostly. Deer taste different from ones harvested in northern woods compared to the ones where I hunt, corn and soybean. Taking into consideration that the meat was field dressed properly and handled properly throughout, the "gamey taste" is just venison. With that said, here is a recipe that I think you will enjoy very much.

    10# recipe

    2 Cups Ice Cold Water

    5# Ground Venison

    5# Ground Pork Butt

    2 Tbls Salt

    1 Tbls Ground white pepper

    2 Tbls Rubbed sage

    1 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

    1 Tbls Nutmeg

    1 1/2 Tbls Thyme

    1 Tbls Cayenne

    1 Ground tsp Corriander

    2 cups Ice cold water. Take all the spices and mix them well in the ice water then add that to the batch of meat. This insures that the spices get a chance to be more evenly spread throughout the meat versus trying to sprinkle them on there.

    For maple flavor, use 1/4 cup Pure Maple syrup per 10#.

    Either stuff into small Sheep casings or into game bags. If no game bags, wrap up in wax paper and Semi freeze and cut into patties and freeze again into serving size. Make sure all spices are ground very fine. I would try splitting this batch after all the spices are mixed in and make 5# the way it is and the other 5# mix in 1/8 cup pure maple syrup. Both are great. Also, you have to pay a bit more attention to this when cooking as they can burn faster than store bought as they are not bathing in grease.
  5. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    WOW, I got nothing to add.

    Bassman, Icruzen & Meat Hunter pretty much covered it
  6. trapper

    trapper Smoke Blower

    While it will never taste like beef or pork, most of the flavor that people object to is in the fat and connective tissue of the deer. Make sure the meat is trimmed of ALL fat and silverskin and I think you will be much happier with it. I mix 50/50 with whole pork butts. Leave most or all of the fat on the pork butts.
  7. Meathunters recipe is what I use but I leave out the sage.
    Like trapper said be sure to remove the silverskin and deer fat.

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