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Whole Smoked Venison Backstrap


I recently prepared a beef brisket on my Traeger smoker for a baby shower a few weekends ago. I always like to utilize the maximum space when I have the smoker running so I decided to also prepare a smoked venison backstrap and some smoked salmon. I didn’t have much time to be too creative so I choose a tried and true method and utilized three different blends of Traeger’s pre-made seasoning. I have had a lot of good results with these seasonings so I was trusting in the preparation of the brisket, the backstrap, and the salmon. I utilized almost the same preparation methods, with some time adjustment, as I did for the brisket. The results were out of this world. The smoked backstrap made amazing tacos and some delicious sandwiches as well. I sliced the meat very thin which made it melt as you ate it.


1 Whole Venison Backstrap

Traeger Big Game Rub

Queso Fresco

Pickled Onions

Traeger ‘Que BBQ Sauce

Corn Tortillas or Sliced Bread

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  1. The night before you intend to cook, lay out the back strap on a pan
  2. Amply season with the Traeger Big Game Rub
  3. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator
  4. The next morning, remove the wrapped meat and allow the meat to come to room temp
  5. Pre-heat your smoker to 225 degrees
  6. Unwrap the meat and place in the center of the smoker grate
  7. Cook for 2-3 hours or until the meat reaches an internal temp of 130 degrees to 145 degrees. 130 degrees is equivalent to rare, 145 is equivalent to medium. I like mine rarer.
  8. Remove from heat and allow to rest for 15 minutes
  9. Slice thin (approx. ¼ inch thick) across the grain
  10. Top with queso fresco, pickled onion, and Traeger’Que BBQ Sauce.

Justin Townsend

Justin (Choctaw) is an avid hunter, angler, and chef whose passion for the outdoors lead him to create Harvesting Nature in 2011. He continues to hunt, fish, and cook all while sharing his experiences with others through film, podcasts, print, and with recipes. He also proudly serves in the United States Coast Guard.

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