Front Leg of Venison Whole

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by woodcutter, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My nephew dropped off a front leg of his deer to see what it would be like if we smoked it. I seasoned it yesterday with SPOG, Chilli Powder and Thyme.

    In the smoker for 1 hour @ 220 with oak hunks.

    Then added bacon.

    Brought to 158 and pulled.

    Now I'm waiting for him to have his dinner and tell me how it turned out.

    Thanks for looking!
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2012
  2. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Ah man! Looks great. Can't wait to see some sliced pics!  I'll be doing my own mule deer leg post here soon.

    Tell us about the flavor, etc etc and if you'd change anything next time around.
  3. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Looks great! Did it pull easily?

  4. Tried making Venison summer sausage for the first time ever today at my buddy's house, and although those didn't come out how I'd like, we also threw in a front leg from the deer. Sorry, I don't know what the rub was, but man was it good.

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    Last edited: Nov 26, 2012
  5. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Unfortunately when I took the last picture I wrapped it up in foil for my nephew to pick up. He told me on Facebook it was amazing. I asked him how it came off the bone but haven't heard. He said it was juicy and tender (which in my opinion is the toughest part of the deer) and he loved the rub.

    Paulkucz that leg picture looks extremely edible to me!
  6. Juicy & tender - sounds like you did a fine job.  I may borrow your bacon blanket to try out on a leg of my own - hadn't thought of that before. Thanks
  7. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sounds like a job well done to me.
  8. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  9. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great, and I'm glad it turned out well. I've thought about doing that but read that bone in doesn't do well?
  10. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I wish I could have tried it myself. I didn't think of doing this with my own deer. In the past I trim these pieces up for sausage. What is your thinking with the bones? Just curious.....
  11. gersus

    gersus Smoking Fanatic

    Idk. I was going to do the same thing, and still have a front shoulder in the freezer. When I read about others doin it here I decided not to. Hopefully someone who knows will post.
  12. 1beezer

    1beezer Smoke Blower

    Looks great!!!
  13. Hey, I just signed up today on the forum. I am a long time smoker fan, but not very knowledgeable. I have one of those little Brinkmann electrics with a water pan. I usually fill the water pan, soak chips and place them in the bottom and let it rip for a few hours. So far so good, but it's time to step up and learn more effective ways of doing this. The main reason is that I shot a deer yesterday and want to make good use of the meat. I want to do one of the front legs like you did yours. Any advice based on my little smoker and new guy status?
  14. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It was pretty simple to do. I sprinkled salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder, some chilli powder and a little thyme the day before it went on. I smoked it the whole time at 225 degrees. After the first hour the meat looked like the outer layer was drying out and having dry venison before, I laid a few pieces of bacon on top. After that I just watched my internal temperature and pulled at 158. I told my nephew that it would come off the bone better at 195 but we were both thinking it may start to dry out by that time. He loved it at 158.

    Next deer I'm doing this again the same way only I would like to try for a higher temp to see if it would pull of the bones. It really is a lot of different thicknesses and it might not work.
  15. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Please post some pictures and how and what you did. This was the first time I did a leg and didn't even get to taste it but it smelled really good.

  16. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great from here too! [​IMG]
  17. pike2

    pike2 Smoke Blower

    after de boning the shoulders on my deer there's allot of silver back and tendons in them.
  18. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree, that is why I'm interested in cooking this in the smoker. I hate trimming the leg especially the shank. I would think if you could get it to pulling temp without drying it out it should fall apart. I really wish I would have been around to sample this leg.
  19. pike2

    pike2 Smoke Blower

    finished up on the hind end today and the shank meat on them were pretty dried out,      you might consider injecting with a brine,   ive had a few roasts left in alittle to long but well under 200deg and the centers turned into mush   (without tenderizers)  never smoked a shoulder before but id keep checking the tenderness after the meat hits 160,  
  20. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks!  How did it taste?

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