In my opinion, there are few recipes are versatile as pastrami. From the pastrami Rueben, to my favorite panini madeRead more
Paul Prudhomme’s blackened redfish set the culinary world on fire in the mid-80’s and I’ve been a huge fan of the flavor and cooking technique ever since. I’ve blackened everything from the typical proteins like catfish and chicken to venison and duck.Read more
This is my take on the classic South Philadelphia Hot Beef Sandwich, except I’m using beaver. Yes, that’s correct, beaver. Beaver is often an overlooked wild game meat, but trust me, as long as you avoid the castor glands when skinning and butchering, it is excellent. Among the game meats I’ve used for this recipe, it ranks up there with bear and is far superior to venison.
I smoked the meat for about 1-1/2 hours and then put everything in a cast iron Dutch oven and slowly braised it on the pellet grill until the meat fell apart, which took an additional 3 hours or so. This is a delicious, but sloppy, sandwich so be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand.
I removed a vacuum sealed bottom round roast from the freezer from the buck my wife harvested this past fall and allowed it to thaw in the refrigerator. I planned to wet age the roast for around 28 days, removing the meat every two weeks or so to drain any blood before resealing. This process allows enzymes to break down connective tissue while vacuum sealing removes oxygen which can increase bacterial growth and can lead to spoilage. When the roast was finally ready to hit the smoker, mother nature had other plans. By the time the weather had improved, the roast had aged an extra week and was around 35 days.Read more
It’s been almost 7 years since my wife and I wandered the streets of New Orleans, but I can still taste the duck from Emeril’s, the muffalettas from Cochon Butcher, and the funky po boys from Killer Po Boys in the back of the Erin Rose Café. As we traveled from the usual tourist spots to the off-the-wall locations and feasted on everything from beignets to oysters to gumbo, there was one thing my wife requested at almost every spot: red beans and rice.Read more
As the archery and waterfowl seasons come to a close, we turn our attention to smaller quarry, such as squirrels. Squirrels are not only a blast to hunt, especially for kids, but they are also delicious. This recipe is pretty simple but it does require submerging the meat in a wet brine for 2-3 days. The brining process keeps the meat juicy and can also help to tenderize tough pieces. These make a perfect appetizer for those weekend movie nights or football games.Read more
My family and I typically make our own venison sausage from scratch, but occasionally I come across a new seasoningRead more
Smoked Sausage is a great way to use any ground game meat you may have from last year or even your current year. The addition of the ancho and chipotle add some great spice to the sausage. Check out John’s smoked sausage recipe for more delicious details. #harvestingnature #fueledbynatureRead more
I sat across from my daughter at a favorite local restaurant which specializes in southern cuisine, and I watched her devour a giant platter of cajun-inspired chicken and waffles. I thought this would be a great dish to try with venison, and I was shocked at how well it turned out and is by far the favorite venison meal of both my kids.Read more
The fall hunting season is finally here and as we head into the woods to hang treestands in pursuit of whitetail deer and other large game, I can’t help but remind hunters it’s also a good time to do a safety check on our equipment.Read more