Deer season begins - Filling the freezer for the smoker

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by bustedluckbarbq, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Had an ok opening day.... My daughters first hunt.... she spotted these coming in:[​IMG]

    Gramason and me unloading:
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice harvest! I'm starting a bit of an experiment today. Helped a bud quarter out a deer the other night, and I kept the rib/spine comglomeration. gonna see what I can do about some venison ribs. or, at least get about 10 or so lbs for sausage, failing the first objective.
  3. Is it ok to smoke frozen venison ? I always understood it had to be used asap once thawed.
  4. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It usually gets cured after thawing. But if not, it's still OK if properly processed for a day or so.

    Actually it's recommended to freeze ANY wild game at some point, as it kills certain microbes most common in wild raised animals.

    I eat it without freezing sometimes myself, 'cause I know the source of the meat, but any stuff I do for other folks is frozen for a few days first.
  5. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Update on above: Sausage meat. Sigh. Too much tallow around/thru ribs to even attempt a rib cut anywhere, darn it! But I still got like 5 lbs. of good meat off what was destined for the trash :{)
  6. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Well that's 5 lbs you wouldn't have had and that's good in my book!
  7. smokeys my pet

    smokeys my pet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice load busted. Can't wait to try some out.
  8. cheers, thanks for the advice.

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