Thursday, January 27, 2011

Texas Saturday Night

I'm guest posting over at Thrifty Decor Chick today! If you're new here, welcome!

Every few months all of my husband's brothers and their families gather at our house for dinner. I love how all of our traditions melt into one unique meal as we gather around an often chaotic table. It's one of my favorite things.

Since it's been deer season around here, our freezer is stocked with venison. And nothing goes better with venison than stuffed bacon-wrapped jalapenos. {or so I'm told...I can't take the heat!}

4 simple steps:
1. Chop off the stems; get rid of the seeds.
2. Stuff with cream cheese.
3. Wrap with bacon.
4. Grill over medium heat, lid closed, 10 minutes or so. Watch them carefully. They can char easily!

Now, for the superstar recipe of the evening. We used venison backstrap and it just can't be beat. But stick with me, because even if you don't have any game meat on hand, this is a show-stopper for just about any type of steak.

Soak the steaks in apple cider. NOT apple cider vinegar. Apple Cider. It doesn't sound right, does it?! Let it sit covered in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

Then pour off the cider, pat the steaks dry (extra step, but important), and soak the steaks in barbecue sauce for 2-3 more hours.

Heat your grill and wrap the steaks in thick-cut bacon (we discovered that it did make a difference in the flavor if we went cheap and used thin bacon).
Grill the steaks on medium heat with the lid closed for 15 minutes, turning steaks occasionally.

Absolute perfection. If you love filet mignon, you'll love this venison recipe. And I don't have a final picture because I couldn't convince myself to stop eating long enough to photograph.

But to make it up to you, and to probably reinforce the redneck stereotype that so many people have about Texas, here's a picture of one of my brother-in-laws and our entertainment for the evening.

We're not rednecks, but we do say y'all a whole lot. Just sayin'.

Have any wild game recipes you want to share?


  1. I can't wait to try this. We have tons of venison in the freezer! I'm going to pull a peice of backstrap out to thaw for Saturday! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm so glad, Kelsey! Let me know how it turns out!

  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it sounds fabulous! My hubby just stocked the freezer with this years deer{s} ... I am always in search for a new recipes! :)

  4. Yummy! I may have to find an occaision (is that spelled right???) to try this!

  5. Oh bless you for posting a venison recipe! We have a bit of deer and oodles of elk. I'm always looking for game recipes. I'm especially stumped by elk roasts, but it is my mission to discover/come up with some delicious recipes this year. Just discovered your blog and am enojoy it!

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