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Quick And Easy Venison Marinade


For the fourth of July, we wanted to share a QUICK AND EASY VENISON MARINADE that has become a huge hit in our house. We hope you have a great time celebrating our freedom and our great country today, enjoy!

What is one thing most hunting families have in common? We have lots of deer meat, and not enough new ideas on how to cook it.

Like most, we are always looking for a creative way to cook our venison. A few months ago, I came up with a new marinade that was a big hit with our family. We have used it on whole blackstrap, steaks, stew meat, and even on chicken breasts. We used it to marinate meat for the grill, roasting in the oven, and searing on the stove top. It seems to work for just about anything!

The recipe evolved as I was trying to incorporate a bunch of earthy flavors that would highlight the deliciousness of wild meat. What resulted has fast become our go-to seasoning for venison. The ingredients are simple, and most are likely in your kitchen right now (they are staples in ours).

IMG_2269Quick-and-Easy Venison Marinade Ingredients:

¼ cup apple cider (or apple juice)

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp dried rosemary

2 tsp garlic powder, or 2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

 Put all the ingredients into a large zippy bag and mix well. Then, add the meat and refrigerate for between 2 and 24 hours. The longer you leave it, the more those flavors will infuse themselves into the meat, so don’t be afraid to leave it overnight. Just like that, you’ve got steaks ready for the grill. We hope you love it as much as we do!

If you want some ideas about getting your kids to eat their green veggies along with your venison, you may like this article here –>

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  • Mark Kenyon

    Sounds delicious!

    • Aaron Farley

      It is Mark, versatile too. Good on the grill or oven. Worthy go-to in a pinch marinade.

      • Sheila

        Tried this marinade, it was delicious! My daughter swore it couldn’t be deer!

        • Aaron Farley

          Great! Glad you liked it!


    What type of apple cider do you use, is it a flat cider or vinegar cider.Thanks.

    • Aaron Farley

      Regular Cider, not Apple Cider Vinegar. It can be hard to find, usually in with the apple juices.

    • kfp

      Simply Apple (brand) Apple Juice is GREAT! It’s cloudy, not from concentrate and SO flavorful!!

  • susanm

    Can i use this for my wild hog as well? Lots of game in my freezer. The hogs have been easy targets this year. Good thing as the venison is nearly gone ALREADY. (5 in 2013 but florida deer are bit smaller it seems)! 😉

    • Aaron Farley

      Hey Susan, I think it would work pretty well with wild hog. We have some family down in Florida, and you’re right – the deer are a bit smaller. We put 4 GA deer in the freezer year before last and we ate them in a few months. When you have a descent size family, and eat it often throughout the week, the venison doesn’t last as long as you would expect.

  • susanm

    Thx for replying. Have pork roast defrosting so gonna give it a twirl. And no lie about the deer. My guys go to ohio every thanksgiving so we do get at least 1-3 northern deer every year. Good thing they way they eat. Does go FAST. We even can the tougher cuts for stews,ect. 😉 Saves on groceries for sure.Funny how growing up in PA I wouldnt go near venison. Now…. Lol

  • Canada_Co

    I used apple cider vinegar (it’s what I had on hand) and it came out amazing :) I will reuse this recipe with other meats! Delicious

    • Aaron Farley

      Yay! Glad you enjoyed it 😉

  • http://www.husbandofahomeschoolingmom.com/ HusbandofaHomeschoolingMom

    Outstanding! Messed up and used apple cider vinegar as well and it still was great! Next time I will put a rub on just before putting on the smoker.

    • http://www.rusticman.com theRusticMan

      Great! Glad you liked it!

  • Chuck

    Used this recipe over the winter with our venison and it’s outstanding. This memorial day weekend we camped (only way in via your quad) with some friends who all are hunters. Had a big zippy packed and marinadeing for approx 24hrs. Grilled up that bag of love and everyone was raving even a few girls who didn’t like venison. Glad you shared this secret as now I have a following anytime I pass by a grill. Lol. Simply delicious!!!!

    • http://www.rusticman.com theRusticMan

      Thanks Chuck! Glad you enjoyed it! I’m still loving this way to prep it these days.

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  • Sabrena Fisher

    I don’t usually grill my venison because I think it drys it out. Being from down south I’ve always fried it. What temp do you grill it on and for how long?

  • Steve

    How much meat can you marinade with this mix?? Thanks Steve

  • Rachael

    Can I broil it instead and how long what temp?