The Neck Heart - Great Smoked Venison

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by smoking b, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Today I decided to smoke a neck heart to eat  [​IMG]


    I started with this neck heart.


    Gave it a basic SPOG treatment making sure to get some inside the heart.


    Then into the MES it went at 225. AMNPS running hickory & maple

    I need to figure out what else to make with these  [​IMG]    I haven't had a neck heart for a while - I'm looking forward to it  [​IMG]  
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014
  2. Well I decided to go with some lemon pepper chicken so far...

    I started with a couple boneless chicken breasts  [​IMG]   & mixed up some lemon pepper rub I like to make.


    Here is the lemon pepper rub I made.


    I also crushed a few cloves of garlic & got some lemon juice ready.

    I drizzle the breasts with lemon juice, rub them with the garlic & then apply the lemon pepper rub.


    Here they are after getting the rub.


    I then put them in a container & drizzle some more lemon juice on them gently & put them in the fridge for a couple hours till I'm ready to grill them.

    I still need to figure out what else to make... I'm leaning toward steamed broccoli & something else maybe??

    Updates to follow...
     
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  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What animal did the neck and heart come from??  Venison?
     
  4. Yup - they came from one of the deer I got.  I like them as a combo  [​IMG]
     
  5. Ok the heart is done  [​IMG]



    It is foiled till the rest of the things are ready. I need to fire up some Stubbs & get the grill going for the lemon pepper chicken. Since I'll have it going, I'm gonna do some taters on it with the chicken while the broccoli steams...

    Updates to follow...
     
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  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good B. We haven't been lucky enough to get a combo like that the last two years now... Maybe next season.

    Are we gonna get to see the sliced photos???

    Mmmmm making me drool in my beer!
     
  7. Thanks Case  [​IMG]   Yeah I'll definitely share the photos when it's all done  [​IMG]   It's smelling great now!  [​IMG]
     
  8. Ok more progress...


    Neck is done & resting.


    Taters ready for the grill.


    As usual I improved some with crushed red habanero & seeds  [​IMG]


    Lemon pepper chicken on the grill too - I added a piece with some sauce just for something to do...


    Broccoli steaming away...
     
  9. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Man that neck looks like a tri tip!!! Gonna be tasty!!!!
     
  10. And time to eat!  [​IMG]


    Slicing the heart.


    Closer view.  [​IMG]


    Moist & tender.


    I only wish these were bigger.


    Cutting into the neck.


    It is very tender & juicy as well.  [​IMG]


    Better view of the juicy goodness.


    My first plate - neck heart combo.


    My second plate - lemon pepper chicken, broccoli & taters.


    Both my plates ready for action - time to go eat!  [​IMG]
     
  11. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You have that neck looking like Prime Rib. [​IMG]
     
  12. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man they look great. Maybe I shouldn't pitch the heart and make burger out of the neck.
     
  13. It was very tasty Case!  I am absolutely stuffed!  [​IMG]
     
  14. Thanks Todd!  [​IMG]    Nobody around my little neck of the woods appreciates how good a neck can be if you go about it right - until you let them taste it that is!  [​IMG]   I've converted a lot of the locals here [​IMG]  
     
  15. Thanks man! Yeah I would give them a try - I bet you don't regret it!  [​IMG]
     
  16. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How do you cut up the neck?
     
  17. Most of the meat will slice off with a good sharp knife. After that a fork will help you get the rest pretty easy. Let me know if you try any - if you do, I doubt you'll make burger with any more of them...
     
  18. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I always hated trying to debone them. Did you measure the temp of the neck?
     
  19. Yeah they can be a pain for sure - not a problem when you smoke them. I did monitor the temp.



    You can see the hole from my probe in these 2 pics - just be careful to stay away from the bone...
     
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  20. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What temp did you take them too.
     

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