"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." - Aldo Leopold

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Venison with Blue Cheese

The sportsman’s universal trick for tasty wild game is to wrap it in bacon. I’m convinced of the pig’s divine existence to provide bacon for us poor sinners here on Earth. Deer, duck, dove, snipe, moorhen, merganser...you really can’t go wrong. Stuff it with cream cheese and maybe a banana pepper; stick a toothpick through it, and one has totally serviceable and quite delicious football food that’s quick and easy to cook on the grill.

Who am I to argue with success?

For the purpose of today, we will be working with venison. A trip to the grocery is in order first. You need:

1 Bottle Stubbs Beef Marinade
1 can blue cheese crumbles
Slab O’ Bacon
Toothpicks

Depending on their hunting acumen, some folks may need to buy venison.

Anyway, I use ham steaks but backstrap is fine, too. Cut the silvery sinew away from the meat and slice into chops three inches across. Cover with Saran Wrap and flatten with tenderizer mallet until ¾ inch thick.

Marinate in Stubbs for at least 4 hours. Stubbs is by far my favorite marinade. It complements the flavor of venison perfectly. I’ve been using it for years and think Uncle Stubbs should pay me royalties for his success since I’ve been trumpeting his products for so long now.

Remove from marinade and lay flat on cutting board to pat dry. Put a pinch of blue cheese in the middle of the steak and roll up with bacon, securing all with a toothpick. Also, don’t skimp on the price of cheese. My wife tends to buy the generic brand that tastes like glue – you don’t need to spend 15 bucks on Amablu but don’t sacrifice the flavor over 65 cents either.

Grill over high heat, 3 minutes a side or until cheese is oozing out. Let sit for five minutes and serve. The bacony flavor of bacon combined with the sharp, saltiness of the cheese blends with the sweet and spicy Stubbs to create a Perfect Storm of taste. Not one element, though, overwhelms the other.

It’s so easy and so delicious. This is my standard “I don’t like venison” recipe for those kinds of people.

7 comments:

Trey said...

Sounds perfect. What time do we eat?

LB @ BulletsandBiscuits said...

When bacon is wrapped around ANYTHING ...it will rock! And Stubbs runs a close second to bacon...I love all his products especially his liquid smoke.

Thanks for sharing this recipe....the bleu cheese crumbles are making my taste buds tingle. I need to try this ASAP!

LB @ BulletsandBiscuits said...

When bacon is wrapped around ANYTHING ...it will rock! And Stubbs runs a close second to bacon...I love all his products especially his liquid smoke.

Thanks for sharing this recipe....the bleu cheese crumbles are making my taste buds tingle. I need to try this ASAP!

Barry said...

We made these yesterday at camp after a day of shed hunting. Awesome recipe, thank you!

Albert Quackenbush said...

Just ate dinner and now I can't stop thinking about BC and venison. I love adding BC to my venison. Dang it, now I have to go get some.

Mark said...

It is only 7:20 AM here, but that still sounds amazing! This recipe is definitely getting saved.

kmurray said...

Oh my gosh, I just drooled! I've gotta try this recipe asap! (Hoping I can find that marinade. Don't think I've ever seen it before.)

Thanks for sharing these Ian. You rock!