For years we’d have a freezer full of venison every hunting season. Since I grew up in Central Florida, I wasn’t use to the taste of deer meat, and honestly wasn’t a fan. However this venison marinade totally changed my mind!
You can only make so much venison jerky, right? (Although I’m sure my kids would disagree, they could eat jerky all.day.long.)
When we process our deer meat we try to keep as many cuts of steak as possible. I know lots of people turn their meat into ground beef but this venison marinade changed my mind and now we try to get as many steaks as we can.
If you have family members that aren’t fan of the gamey taste of venison steaks you have to try this recipe.
The “gamey” taste is gone and your friends and family probably won’t know they are even eating venison with this recipe.
Venison Marinade for Steak Lovers
- 1 cup white vinegar
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 2 tablespoons oregano
- ½ teaspoon onion flakes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 6 lbs. venison steaks
- Mix ingredients together and pour over venison steaks.
- Marinate for at least 8 hours, preferably 10-12.
- Grill or broil venison to your liking.
For this recipe, don’t shortcut the marinade time. The longer you marinade the venison steaks the better they taste.
In fact, one easy recipe hack is to mix together all the marinade ingredients then place into a bag. Add the venison steak then place in the freezer. I prefer the sealer bags (and if you are processing your own venison meat you probably own one).
The vacuum sealed bag causes the marinade to be fully absorbed by the steaks and the taste is amazing. In fact I recommend using vacuum sealer to marinate the meat even if you aren’t freezing it.
If you plan on making this a freezer meal you’ll need to plan ahead. The venison marinade needs to be frozen with the steaks the first time you freeze it for storage. It’s not safe to thaw and refreeze the deer meat.
The venison marinade and steak will keep in the freezer for at least a month.
My favorite marinades