A Guide to Perfectly Grilling Venison Steak

Grilling venison steaks is an art that requires finesse and careful attention. While similar to beef, venison has its own unique qualities that demand special treatment. In this guide, we will explore the secrets to grilling venison steak to perfection, ensuring a tender and delicious result that will leave you wanting more.

The Art of Venison Steaks

Venison steaks, unlike roasts, are best enjoyed on the rare side. Overcooking them can result in a dry and unpleasant eating experience. To bring out the best flavors, it is crucial to understand the nuances of grilling venison steak.

Seasoning for Simplicity

You don’t need elaborate spices or marinades to enhance the flavor of venison steak. A sprinkle of salt and pepper is often sufficient. Of course, if you have Wild Mushroom Seasoning salt or Montreal Steak spice on hand, they can add an extra kick. For optimal results, let the steaks sit at room temperature for 30 minutes after seasoning.

A Handy Trick for Doneness

Determining the doneness of a venison steak can be a challenge. However, with a simple trick using your fingers, you can achieve the perfect level of doneness. Place your thumb and forefinger together and use the muscle just below your thumb’s base to gauge the desired level of cooking.

  • Thumb + Forefinger: Rare
  • Thumb + Middle finger: Medium rare
  • Thumb + Ring finger: Medium
  • Thumb + Pinkie finger: Well done
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Mastering this technique will ensure that your steaks are cooked exactly how you like them.

The Grill Master’s Tips

Before firing up the grill, it’s essential to acquaint yourself with its nuances. Different areas of the grill may have varying temperatures, so strategic placement of the steaks is key. Thicker steaks should be positioned on hotter areas, while thinner cuts on colder spots. By doing so, you will avoid uneven cooking.

Grill Time!

Once your grill is preheated to at least 500°F, it’s time to let the grilling magic happen. For steaks that are ¾ to 1 inch thick, grill each side for 3-4 minutes before flipping. Thicker steaks, measuring 1 inch or more, may require around 5 minutes per side. Remember, cooking time depends on multiple factors such as grill temperature, steak thickness, and outside temperature.

Resting for Perfection

When the steaks have reached your desired level of doneness, use your high-tech finger method for precision, and remove them from the grill. Transfer the steaks to a pie plate or casserole dish, and let the magic unfold. To ensure ultimate tenderness and flavor, it’s time to add a touch of butter. Simply dot each steak with around 1 tablespoon of butter (feel free to adjust to your preference). Cover the dish with foil and set a timer for 10 minutes, allowing the steaks to rest.

The Finishing Touch

After the resting period, your steaks will have accumulated a pool of delectable meat and butter juices in the dish. Tilt the pan to one side and add a splash of your favorite vinegar. The acidity will elevate the flavors and create a simple yet flavorful pan sauce. If you’re serving the steaks to adults, spoon the sauce over the steaks on the individual plates. Alternatively, if you’re feeding children or a larger group, slice the steaks and toss them with the sauce in the pan.

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Grilled Venison Steak

A Final Note

Grilling venison steak is an art that requires finesse and attention to detail. By following these expert tips, you can achieve a perfectly grilled venison steak that is tender, flavorful, and satisfying. So, fire up your grill, embrace the flavors of the wild, and enjoy a delicious venison feast.

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