Easy Grilled Venison Backstrap - The best way to prepare venison backstrap! Delicious and flavorful with no gamey taste!
I'm busy cleaning out our chest freezer in the basement because "we're expecting more meat." And that's a good thing. Living in Wisconsin, hunting season each November is a BIG deal, and it's always been an important time of year for our family. My husband, Josh, hunts in a crew with several other guys, so whatever is shot, is shared. That means, most years, we're able to replenish our freezer with fresh venison. We're very fortunate.
WHAT IS VENISON?
If you've never heard of venison, it's deer meat. From sausage and bacon to burgers and steaks, we eat it in so many different ways. I've been eating it since I was a child, and most family parties feature a plate of venison sausage or hot sticks we like to garnish our Bloody Mary's with.
So, this easy Grilled Venison Backstrap recipe is for all of the hunters and their families out there. Just like our family is starting to clean out our freezer in anticipation for the fresh meat, I'm assuming other families are doing the same.
If you're struggling with how to prepare your deer backstrap, you've come to the right place.
Some people may think that venison tastes, "gamey." I can assure you that with this marinade, you'll never use that word again.
CAN I USE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR THE MARINADE?
Both apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar can be used for marinades, however, apple cider vinegar can give food a more sharp and biting taste. The balsamic vinegar enhances the flavor of the meat and we prefer it to apple cider vinegar for deer backstrap.
If you need to substitute, red wine vinegar would be a better swap.
You don't want to overcook the deer backstrap. Medium rare is usually perfect. It's some of the most tender and lean meat you'll ever taste. This grilled venison backstrap gives filet mignon a run for its money for sure.
IS DEER BACKSTRAP THE SAME AS TENDERLOIN?
No, backstrap and tenderloin are two different things, although you often hear the words interchanged when people are talking about venison.
Backstrap refers to a length of loin on the back of a deer and tenderloin are the two strips of very tender meat under the loin, behind the ribs.
For all of you who may not have access to venison, you can try this marinade with beef tenderloin or ribeye steaks. I promise you're going to love it. Enjoy!
Venison Backstrap Recipe
- 3 pounds venison backstrap (I used three loins about 10 inches long each)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- In a medium bowl whisk together the olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar.
- Rinse the venison loins in cold water and place inside of a plastic ziplock bag.
- Add the marinade to the bag and set in the refrigerator.
- Allow to marinate at least 2 hours (overnight is best).
- Get your grill hot, clean the grates and lay the venison on the grill.
- Grill 6-8 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reads 130º(rare) - 140º(medium rare) Fahrenheit.
- Let the meat rest for 10 minutes.