Venison Tenderloin

Venison Tenderloin


"Marinate venison in a red wine based marinade for 12-36 hours depending on size of meat and age of deer. Then remove from marinade and grill or roast until meat is medium rare."

Ingredients 13 h 35 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 345 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 345 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs:
  • 3.4g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 57.4 g
  • 115%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 212 mg
  • 71%
  • Sodium:
  • 106 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Combine the red wine, cider vinegar, onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and rosemary in a medium bowl, and mix well. Transfer to a large resealable bag, and put the venison tenderloin into the bag. Close tightly, pressing out as much air as you can. Place meat in the refrigerator to marinate, turning two or three times, for at least 12 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Remove meat from marinade, and place on a roasting rack in a roasting pan.
  3. Roast in the oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or to your desired degree of doneness. For medium rare, the internal temperature of the roast should be at least 150 degrees F (65 degrees C) when taken with a meat thermometer. Let the roast stand for 15 to 20 minutes before carving.
  4. While the tenderloin roasts, heat marinade in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by 1/3. Serve with venison.
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The biggest thing that people need to remember when cooking venison is the deer itself. Where was the deer from? What was the food plot for that deer? How old was he deer? Was it a male? Shot during the rut? Was the deer processed and field dressed in a timely manner and cleaned properly? Deer harvested way up north(upper Michigan etc...) will have a much stronger game taste due to it's food intake. Deer that feed on corn, soybeans, etc...will have a much less game taste. Bucks taken during the rut will be tough and have a very strng game taste. This is all important in the cooking and the preperation (marinating) of the deer.

Tiger Sand

I saw this and had to make a note. My husband does something very simliar to this, but will a few nice additions. First you need to "ice" the loin for several days, then you need to soak the deer loin in milk till the milk is clear, you don't want all of that blood in the meat. You need to pour off the milk then add more several times to get the blood out. I generally do it twice a day for 3 days. It helps remove the game tast as well. Then marinate the loin as listed. After that take the loin and slice it down the middle, place green onion and mushrooms(fresh or canned) then wrap in market thick bacon. You may need toothpicks to hold it together. Grill. We serve this up with what you would a steak. This is wonderful! I hope this helps! We are actually fixing this for Sunday Dinner this weekend. I don't add as much vinegar as they suggested, I do it by taste. Some like it tangy others don't it is up to you.


Delicious!!! However, I added an extra step... After reducing marinade, I strained it, discarded the herbs, onions, etc., added the juice back to the saucepan with some salt and pepper, continued to simmer and whisked in some all purpose flour. It made a very flavorful sauce that clung to the meat. Will DEFINITELY make again!!!