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20 Killer Sauces to Elevate Your Wild Game Cooking


As hunters, we know that the thrill of the hunt doesn’t end in the field, it extends to the kitchen, where we make the wild game taste even better. Sure, you can grill meat seasoned with salt and pepper, but why settle when you can have more flavor? Elevate the natural flavor of wild game with these 20 sauces from around the world. From the rustic charm of a Red Wine Reduction to the bold flavors of Jamaican Jerk Sauce, each sauce promises to add an extra layer of excitement to your wild game meals. 

1. Red Wine Reduction: Perfect for pairing with venison, this classic sauce combines the richness of red wine with shallots, garlic, and herbs for an elegant finish.

2. Peppercorn Sauce: Ideal for serving with elk, this creamy sauce features crushed peppercorns simmered in beef broth, cream, and brandy or cognac for a decadent touch.

3. Blueberry Gastrique: Enhance the flavor of duck with this sweet and tangy sauce, made by caramelizing sugar, deglazing with vinegar, and simmering with blueberries for a delightful twist.

4. Chimichurri: Elevate the taste of grilled goose with this vibrant and fresh sauce, crafted from parsley, cilantro, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar for a burst of flavor.

5. Wild Mushroom Sauce: Complement the earthiness of turkey with this aromatic sauce, combining sautéed wild mushrooms with shallots, garlic, thyme, and cream or stock for a comforting finish.

6. Cranberry Port Wine Sauce: Pair perfectly with roasted grouse, this sweet and fruity sauce blends cranberries, port wine, orange zest, and cinnamon to create a memorable dining experience.

7. Juniper Berry Sauce: Enhance the flavor of rabbit with this aromatic sauce, made with crushed juniper berries, onions, stock, and gin or vermouth for a unique twist.

8. Balsamic Fig Reduction: Serve alongside dove for a luxurious combination, as this sweet and tangy sauce combines balsamic vinegar, fresh figs, honey, and rosemary for a sophisticated flavor profile.

9. Mustard Cream Sauce: Complement the richness of wild boar with this tangy and creamy sauce, featuring Dijon mustard, cream, and white wine for a delightful contrast of flavors.

10. Pomegranate Molasses Glaze: Perfect for glazing quail, this sweet and tangy sauce is made by reducing pomegranate juice with sugar, vinegar, and spices for a glossy finish.

11. Argentinian Chimichurri: Pair with grilled venison for an explosion of flavors, as this zesty and herbaceous sauce combines parsley, oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes, vinegar, and olive oil for a South American flair.

12. Thai Peanut Sauce: Serve alongside squirrel for a fusion of flavors, as this creamy and aromatic sauce blends peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce, lime juice, and Thai red curry paste for a Thai-inspired twist.

13. Moroccan Harissa: Add a kick to your wild turkey with this fiery and aromatic sauce, made with chili peppers, garlic, olive oil, and spices like cumin and coriander for a North African flair.

14. Japanese Teriyaki Sauce: Glaze grilled antelope with this sweet and savory sauce, crafted from soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and ginger for a Japanese-inspired touch.

15. Mexican Mole Sauce: Pair with roasted pheasant for a taste of Mexico, as this complex and rich sauce combines chili peppers, chocolate, nuts, spices, and sometimes fruit for a memorable dining experience.

16. Indian Coconut Curry Sauce: Serve alongside grilled duck for a creamy and aromatic dish, as this sauce combines coconut milk, curry spices, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes for an Indian-inspired twist.

17. Peruvian Aji Amarillo Sauce: Add a tangy kick to your grilled goose with this bright sauce, made from Peruvian yellow chili peppers, garlic, lime juice, and cilantro for a South American touch.

18. Korean Gochujang Sauce: Pair with roasted wild boar for a spicy and sweet combination, as this sauce features fermented chili paste, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and honey for a Korean-inspired flair.

19. Jamaican Jerk Sauce: Serve alongside grilled elk for bold and aromatic flavors, as this sauce features Scotch bonnet peppers, allspice, thyme, garlic, and ginger for a taste of the Caribbean.

20. Greek Tzatziki Sauce: Refresh your palate while enjoying grilled venison with this cool and refreshing sauce, made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, and dill for a Greek-inspired touch.

These sauces will add an exciting array of flavors and textures to your wild game dishes, showcasing culinary influences from around the world.

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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