We’re going to tape a podcast this morning and I’ve had venison steaks marinating in Spiedie sauce for two days. I figure since the deer meat is so lean we gotta add some fat in there somehow. Good friends Eric Lorden and Craig Kimberley home smoked some bacon earlier in the week so what the hell, let’s mash this shit up and see how it come out.
I made a little foil tray and sliced up some bacon which I’ll use a couple different ways.
First core out the top of an onion, make some slits inside and stuff some bacon in the top. Next slice up some more bacon and let it render some of that fat to put on the venison that Ian Fulford brought.
After cooking the onion bacon and smashed potatos using indirect high heat for about a half hour we take the lid off and cook the marinated venison steaks directly over the heat about 3 minutes per side leaving them a medium rare.
Using the melted bacon fat I drizzle that over the venison after it cooked and took it off the grill to rest for about 5 minutes. Closed the lid and then pulled everything off at the same time to eat.
I had never had a positive experience eating venison before this, but we all agreed it was absolutely outstanding. A huge part of the success was due to letting it marinade for two full days in the vinegar based Spiedie sauce which really broke the venison meat down and added a ton of flavor. That and the smokey flavor from the apple wood and charcoal- a total winner meal.
We’ll be smoking some South Rockport Woods deer. I hear they’re particularly delicious.
As you can see from the photo, there’s not a lot of fat in deer meat so the plan is to smoke it between 225-250 degrees until it reaches 135 degrees internally. But first we’re going to marinate it to tenderize and break down some of the connective tissue and add as much moisture to the venison as possible.
what better marinade to use than The Spiedie sauce that Friends Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz brought from Upstate New York. Spiedie marinade is special to the Greater Binghamton NY area. So special that they have a Spiedie festival every year to celebrate all type of meats cooked with the Special Spiedie marinade.
Gonna let it marinade for over 24 hours.
Pat and Jimmy tell me the Lupos brand is the original and the standard.