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5 Tips to Turn Wild Game into Great Table Fare

Following these simple preparation steps will have you cooking venison like a pro

Grilling wild game to be flavorful and tender isn Grilling wild game to be flavorful and tender isn't necessarily an easy task. Fortunately, there are products available to help slide the difficultly scale to easy side. (Jeff Phillips photo)

By: Tastefully Done Marinades

The best cut of wild game – tenderloin – aren't necessarily needed to have finger-licking flavor and tenderness. In fact, lower-grade cuts of meat can be used to obtain the same results.

Below are five simple cooking tips for preparing wild game to perfection.

1. A marinade is far better than an injectable or dry rub

What? You heard right. Injectables only infuse a small segment of the meat, leaving the surface flavorless. Also, a lot of injectables don't use the necessary additional fat (not the kind that requires more gym time!).

2. Use the vampire technique and dry meat before marinating

This adds an additional layer of flavor to wild game as it soaks up twice as much hearty marinade. So before marinating, keep the meat uncovered in the refrigerator on top of a strainer to drain the blood overnight. A certain "Count" in Transylvania would be proud.

3. Add fat to marinade

No, not because wild game is lean. Adding fat to marinade adds an additional layer of flavor while binding the marinade to your meat. Most marinades leave this crucial part out. Don't make that mistake. When marinating wild game, use one that is flavorful and contains fat. This will insure the flavor is evenly distributed. When grilling, the fat will slowly cook off while effortlessly basting the meat. Marinade without added fat is like cornflakes without the milk, wine without cheese, and the internet without selfies.

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Tastefully Done offers one of the very few marinades to contain a very important ingredient – fat. To be specific, this isn’t the “bad” fat you might be thinking. (Jeff Phillips photo)

4. Marinate longer

To really breakdown the fibers of wild game meat, it's best to marinate for at least 2 to 3 days. This will insure the marinade has properly broken down the fibers and infused the marinade evenly into the meat. This requires some meal planning; marinating can't be done last minute.

5. Remove wild game meat out of the refrigerator a half hour before cooking

Getting meat close to room temperature will help reduce the risk of overcooking. Forget this step and the meat will have to first warm up on the grill before the actual cooking process starts. This can lead to overcooking, which can lead to some dirty looks from your family at dinner table.

Follow these five steps to master wild game cooking perfection.

For more information about Tastefully Done Marinades, please visit: www.tastefullydonemarinade.com

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