How to Prepare Venison Roast

When preparing a venison roast, you have to be prepared for a somewhat gamey taste. While you can marinate most cuts of venison, the marinade simply won't get into the center of a roast, so you'll want to use spices to counter the gamey flavor.

You will also want to make sure you do not overcook your venison roast, since overcooked roast is not tasty. Use either a crockpot or a braising technique when cooking this recipe for venison roast. Dry-roasting techniques will leave your roast tough.

Prepare your roast by marinating the venison in 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup water, ½ cup cooking oil, ½ cup sugar, salt and pepper. Let the roast marinade, turning it once, for 12 to 18 hours.

Discard marinade after draining roast and patting it dry.

Lubricate your roast with cooking oil or beef fat. Rub a combination of spices into the roast. This can be a pre-made Cajun rub, jerk spice rub or a homemade combination of sage, rosemary, thyme and coriander. In any case, you want to coat the outside of the roast with a thin layer of spice, and then let it sit for 30 minutes in the refrigerator to absorb the flavors.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Heat up a skillet with a thin layer of cooking oil. Brown the roast on all sides, about four minutes per side. Scrape drippings into a roasting pan, and add one cup of water or red wine. Place roast in pan, and cover pan.

Place roast in oven (covered), and cook at 325 degrees until internal temperature of venison hits 160 degrees. How long this takes will depend on how big your roast is, so check the temperature after the first hour, and then every 15 minutes after that. Each time you check the roast, baste it with the liquid inside the roasting pan. When the roast hits 160 degrees, remove it from the oven, slice and serve immediately.

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