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cowgirl 09-15-2008 10:51 AM

Venison Pastrami with Hot German Tato Salad
I had two small venison roasts in my freezer (from the hind quarter), wanted to use them up before deer season.

I used the Tender Quick method to corn them. This is enough to do about 5 lbs of meat... I used maybe 1/2 of it...

5 tablespoons Tender Quick
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground paprika
1 teaspoon ground bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

I mix this up, rub on the meat, then shake off any excess....

Wrapped and let cure for 5 days....

I soaked in fresh water overnight, because something came up and I was interrupted...

Then I rubbed with a mixture of garlic, juniper berries, bay leaves, mustard seeds, allspice, onion powder and lots of cracked black pepper...

Threw them into the smoker with some apple wood and some tatos...

Made hot german tato salad with the smoked tatos....

The venison pastrami turned out great...

The tato salad was good, but the dressing on the salad overpowered the smoky flavor IMO. It was good though. :)

wlh3 09-15-2008 11:02 AM

Man CG does that pastrami ever look good. Way lean, beautiful color from the corn. I'll take mine on rye please:icon_bigsmil

tommykendall 09-15-2008 11:05 AM

Damn - that's some beautiful grub.

cowgirl 09-15-2008 11:08 AM

Thanks wlh3 and TK!
I didn't have any rye on hand, but did put some spicy brown mustard on the sandwich. :)

Ron_L 09-15-2008 11:15 AM

OK... I'm officially hungry.

Looks great, CG! I'm not a hunter but i think I'm going to start driving the back roads near dusk with my lights off hoping a deer jumps out in front on me :-D :-D :-D

Harbormaster 09-15-2008 11:23 AM

I knew I shouldn't have looked...

Allenave 09-15-2008 12:41 PM

Fantastic looking venison. You care to share the recipe for the 'tater salad?

MayDay 09-15-2008 03:09 PM

Very nice! Sure wish I had access to game meat. How does venison pastrami taste compared to regular?
Kamado Claypot, Cobb

cowgirl 09-15-2008 03:13 PM

Thank you Ron, Harbormaster, Allenave and MayDay!!

MayDay, the flavor of the pastrami is very similar to beef...hard to wild game taste, but I can still tell that it is venison.
Does that make sense? lol:redface:

Allenave..I usually use baked or boiled potatoes for the salad, but wanted to try it with some smoked. can peel the potatoes.
I used 5 cooked tatos
browned about 5 pieces of bacon
cooked some onions and leeks in the bacon drippings
added about 1 TBs of flour to the pan
then added...
1/3 cup of water
1/4 cup of cider vinegar
2 TBs of sugar or more if needed

Makes kind of a sauce...
Add the cubed potatoes and gently toss.
Season with salt and pepper and top with crumbled cooked bacon

It's supposed to be served warm.

Hope this helps ya Allenave. :-D

Smokinrubcom 09-15-2008 03:17 PM

I will have to try that this year :) Looks very delicious


cowgirl 09-15-2008 03:20 PM

Thanks Mike...I'm kind of using up my last years venison. Sure hope I get another one this year. lol

Paulie G. 09-15-2008 05:06 PM

Food looks great as usual.

Grumpy's Q 09-15-2008 05:35 PM

Dang Cowgirl that looks good!

BBQ Grail 09-15-2008 07:16 PM


Great job, as usual.

But where's the picture of the "hot german"?

jestridge 09-15-2008 10:11 PM

prolly best looking deer I ever seen dont like deer

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