Mouthwatering Venison BBQ Recipe for Food Lovers

Looking for an exciting and unique recipe to impress your BBQ guests? Look no further than this venison BBQ recipe. This recipe combines the rich flavors of venison with the tangy sweetness of BBQ sauce for a dish that is both savory and satisfying.

But why choose venison as your meat of choice? Not only is it leaner and healthier than other meats, but it also adds a touch of sophistication to your BBQ spread. Venison is also a perfect option for those looking to try something new or for those who prefer wild game over traditional meats.

In this recipe, we use a slow cooker to make the process more manageable and flavorful. By letting the venison roast low and slow, it becomes tender and easy to shred. The shredded venison can then be mixed with BBQ sauce for a classic pulled-pork style sandwich or enjoyed on its own.

So whether you’re looking to try something new, wow your friends and family, or simply indulge in some delicious venison, this recipe is the perfect addition to any summer BBQ menu.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Venison BBQ
Venison BBQ

If you’re a BBQ lover and looking for something adventurous and unconventional, then this Venison BBQ recipe is definitely for you. It’s not your typical beef, chicken or pork recipe – this one features the unique flavor of venison.

Not only is venison leaner and lower in fat compared to these more commonly used meats, but it also contains a high amount of protein and iron making it an excellent choice for those who are health-conscious. This recipe uses boneless venison roast which is slow-cooked in a crockpot or oven until it becomes tender and juicy.

But what sets this recipe apart is the barbecue sauce that perfectly complements the tender meat. The sauce has a sweet and tangy flavor with just the right amount of heat that will keep you coming back for seconds.

Plus, this venison BBQ recipe can be used to make versatile dishes. Serve it as pulled venison sandwiches or use it as a topping for loaded baked potatoes! It’s incredibly easy to customize according to your taste too – feel free to add your own flair with spices or herbs.

Overall, if you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to BBQ, give this Venison BBQ recipe a try – not only will it take your taste buds on an adventure, but it’s also a healthier alternative that packs in bold flavors!

Ingredient List

 Time to get wild with some venison BBQ!
Time to get wild with some venison BBQ!

Before starting with this delicious Venison BBQ recipe, it is important to have all the necessary ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 4 pounds boneless venison roast
  • 1 whole venison neck

BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bottle root beer

Home ingredients:

You might already have these at home! Make sure you have:

  • Olive oil for pan-searing meat (if needed)
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Roasting pan or Dutch oven for slow cooking meat
  • Crockpot or instant pot as an alternative to the roasting pan and oven method.

Now that you’ve got everything ready, let’s get started with the recipe how-to!

The Recipe How-To

Now that we have the ingredient list ready, it’s time to dive into the recipe. This recipe can be prepared in a slow cooker or smoked on an outdoor grill. Whichever method you choose for cooking, the key is to cook Low and Slow! Here’s how:

Step 1: Prepping the Venison Roast

Start by trimming the visible fat from the venison roast and patting it dry with paper towels. Rub the meat with olive oil and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper all over it.

Step 2: Cooking in the Slow Cooker

Place the seasoned roast in a slow cooker and add around 1 cup of water or beef broth (enough to cover 1/3 of the meat). Add 1 sliced onion and allow these to cook together on low heat for at least 8 hours or until the meat is fork-tender.

Step 3: Shredding the Venison

Using tongs, remove the venison from the slow cooker and place it on a cutting board. Using a knife or forks, shred the meat into small pieces. Strain the remaining liquid in a bowl.

Step 4: Prepping the BBQ Sauce

In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix 1 bottle of BBQ sauce, 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir occasionally for approximately 4 minutes, until heated and mixed well.

Step 5: Mixing It All Together

Mix shredded venison with BBQ sauce mixture. If too dry, slowly add any remaining strained liquid to create desired consistency.

Step 6: Serving Options

Serve hot with hamburger buns and coleslaw for deliciously classic venison sandwiches. Or try something different by using your venison bbq as filling for tacos or stuffed peppers!

Note that this recipe can also be prepared in an oven or Dutch oven if needed. Simply preheat your oven to 325°F/160°C; follow Steps 1-2 above; place in a roasting pan covered with aluminum foil; bake for approximatley four hours; follow Steps 3-5 as usual when meat is done. You will end up with perfectly moist and tender pulled venison!

Enjoy your delicious homemade Venison BBQ – perfect for any occasion!

Substitutions and Variations

 This isn't your average backyard cookout.
This isn’t your average backyard cookout.

One of the joys of cooking is the freedom to experiment with ingredients and make adjustments to suit your appetite. With the venison BBQ recipe, you have many options for substitutions and variations that can help you create a unique flavor profile or accommodate dietary requirements.

If you don’t have venison roast on hand, you can substitute with deer steak or tenderloin cuts. Season the meat with salt and pepper to taste and cook using any of the methods explained in the recipe- smoked, oven-baked, dutch oven, slow cooker, or instant pot.

For those who don’t eat meat or prefer vegetarian options, tofu and mushrooms are viable substitutes that can hold the smoky and spicy flavors of the barbecue sauce. Replace the venison with large cubed pieces of tofu or sliced portobello mushrooms. Olive oil-coated vegetables such as bell peppers and carrots can also be added to give more texture and flavor contrast.

The barbecue sauce is where the flavors come together, and it’s where you can put most of your own personal twist to it. Substituting whiskey, apple cider vinegar or honey for Worcestershire sauce can help blend different flavors into your BBQ sauce making it more personal. Adding garlic powder, ginger powder, cinnamon, or dry mustard into your recipe will likewise bring depth to the taste.

For those who prefer less sweet BBQ sauce, you can swap root beer bbq sauce with hot chili garlic sauce for a heat kick. Adjusting the amount of salt is important when switching to another kind of sauce since some can be already salty.

As for sides and types of bread to use for serving along with pulled venison sandwiches recipe , traditional coleslaw made with green cabbage, red cabbage as well as white onion blends well will be perfect side dish. You can also experiment on your own or ask around for pairing recommendations based on heat levels and flavor profiles.

Remember that cooking is an art form that provides ample room for creativity; don’t be afraid to make modifications to best suit your preferences–masterpieces are created in small tweaks!

Serving and Pairing

 Trust me, the smoky flavor of the venison is worth the effort.
Trust me, the smoky flavor of the venison is worth the effort.

This succulent and tender venison barbecue is perfect to pair with a variety of side dishes, beverages, and even desserts. When it comes to serving, one great option is to pile the shredded venison high on soft buns or rolls and top them off with some onions, pickles, or coleslaw. Alternatively, you could serve the shredded venison as a topping for nachos or fries for a delicious appetizer or entree.

When it comes to pairing with beverages, a cold beer pairs perfectly with this barbecue recipe. For something sweeter, try serving root beer with your pulled venison- it makes for a delightful combination that will have your taste buds singing!

As for side dishes, our favorite picks are mac and cheese, grilled corn on the cob, baked beans, or potato salad. These classic BBQ sides complement the venison nicely and add an extra layer of texture and flavor to your meal.

For those looking for a healthier option or want to incorporate more vegetables into their diet, a fresh salad or grilled vegetables such as zucchini or asparagus would also pair nicely with this dish.

Lastly, if you’re in the mood for dessert after indulging in this savory recipe, consider finishing off your meal with something light like ice cream or fresh fruit salad. However you decide to serve and pair this BBQ venison recipe, it’s sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Just wait until you see your guests' faces when they try this dish.
Just wait until you see your guests’ faces when they try this dish.

Preparing venison for barbecue can be a time-consuming process, so making it ahead of time can be a huge time saver. You can refrigerate or freeze the leftovers and just reheat them when you’re ready to serve them again.

To make-ahead, place the shredded or pulled venison in an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to three days or freeze it for up to three months. Thaw frozen venison in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

When reheating, ensure you use low heat to avoid drying out the meat. The best method to use is to gently heat it in a slow cooker for a few hours until it becomes tender again. Alternatively, you can place the meat in an oven-safe baking dish with a little water or broth and heat it at 350°F (175°C) until it’s hot all the way through.

Another way to enjoy your delicious venison leftovers is by making sandwiches with them. Simply coat the venison in your favorite barbecue sauce and serve it as a sandwich filling.

Do not forget that storing your venison correctly will prevent spoilage and retain its flavor. When properly stored, your leftover venison should taste just as good as fresh!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get ready to impress with this gourmet twist on BBQ.
Get ready to impress with this gourmet twist on BBQ.

When it comes to cooking with venison, a bit of know-how can go a long way in ensuring you achieve the perfect result. As an assistant for a BBQ chef, I have gathered some tips to help you perfect your venison BBQ recipe, whether you’re using a crock pot, slow cooker, instant pot, or roasting pan.

1. Choose and prepare your venison properly: For the best results, consider using boneless venison roast or neck, which are ideal for shredding and making barbecue sandwiches. When cleaning and preparing the meat, always trim off any visible fat to avoid unpleasant flavors.

2. Marinating: To make the venison more flavorful and tender, marinate it overnight in your favorite marinade or barbecue sauce. Using beer or root beer can also be a massive game-changer in terms of flavor.

3. Timing is everything: Be sure to allow ample time for cooking the venison thoroughly but not overcooking it. If you’re smoking venison meatlowly on a smoker grill or oven, keep checking every four minutes to ensure that the meat stays moist and cooks evenly.

4. Seasoning: The right blend of spices is essential to enhancing the flavor of your venison BBQ recipe. Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon of ground mustard and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce to spice up your recipe.

5. Temperature Control: Venison is best cooked low and slow except if you’re making venison steaks for frying. For pulled venison sandwiches recipe, cook on low for up to 8 hours in a crockpot or slow cooker.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to cook delicious and tender Venison BBQ like an expert in no time. Don’t forget that practice makes perfect!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this venison BBQ recipe is perfect for those who love the taste of slow-cooked, tender and juicy meat that’s infused with smoky and savory flavors. Whether you prefer to smoke, roast or slow cook your venison roast, you can easily achieve pulled venison or sandwiches that are worthy of a five-star restaurant.

Using simple home ingredients and delicious barbecue sauce, you can create an unforgettable meal that will impress even the most discerning food critics. The versatile nature of this recipe means that you can adapt it to suit your individual tastes and preferences – whether you like a hint of spice, a touch of sweetness, or a bold umami flavor.

So why not give this venison BBQ recipe a try today and discover for yourself what makes it one of the best barbecue venison recipes around? Trust us, once you take your first bite, you’ll be hooked for life!

Venison BBQ

Venison BBQ Recipe

This is a great EASY meal that your whole family will love! Just cook the venison and add your favorite BBQ sauce 🙂
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 134.3 kcal


  • 1 -3 lb venison (depending on your family size)
  • 6 -8 cups water
  • salt & pepper (optional)
  • onion (optional)
  • sweet baby rays barbecue sauce
  • hamburger bun


  • Combine venison meat, water, onion, salt and pepper in your crock pot for at least 4 hours or until completely cooked.
  • Drain all juice produced in cooking process along with onions.
  • Place meat on cutting board and pull apart with fork (it should be really tender).
  • Put meat back in crock pot and add BBQ sauce.
  • Put on your favorite bun and eat! That’s it!



Serving: 176gCalories: 134.3kcalProtein: 25.7gFat: 2.7gSaturated Fat: 1.1gCholesterol: 95.2mgSodium: 53mg
Keyword Deer, Easy, Healthy, Inexpensive, Meat, One-Dish Meal, Very Low Carbs, Wild Game
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Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.