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Sep 12, 2011 09:20 AM

spit roasting a whole deer

I have spit roasted a lamb and a pig, but now i would like to spit roast a whole deer. obviously there is a big risk of the meat drying out, i have learned that apparently one can inject the haunches with beef broth or pork fat which helps keep it moist. any thoughts greatly appreciated. thanks

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  1. Quite honestly, other than the back strap, deer is only suitable for making sausage, IMHO. It's much too lean. Maybe you could inject and mop it as it cooks but you're probably still looking at a 5% success rate for a heck of a lot of effort.

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    1. re: achtungpv

      yeah maybe your right. i am still going to give it a go so many deer here at the moment. gonna stud it all over with pork back fat but will take loin off before putting on spit roast. will cook loin at very end on grill.

    2. Where's that guy who was trying to buy a llama the other day?

      1. Sounds like an awesome project! It might help to brine it first, that could help you with moisture loss? You could also lard it all the way through with strips of pork and a larding needle, although that might already be your plan

        Or what about trying to pit roast it like they do with cabrito? I have done that with lamb and it kept them very moist.

        1. Hi, irish...:

          Um, you might want to reconsider this. My attempts to do venison in a Texas Pit were total failures. Even when you get the outside right, the long cooking turns the meat's interior into a soft, grey goo, like thick toothpaste.

          If you're feeding a crowd, maybe strip it out, skewer, season and flash fry in a turkey fryer? Czechs call this chslik.


          1. I hate I missed this thread. I am the LLama guy. "Injecting it" with strips of pig fat using a larding needle is perfect. I helped do this to a whole elk in Austin Tx. The "needles" are cheap and there are defenestrations on youtube that show it. I am looking at doing it to a whole ostrich or emu later this year.

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            1. re: JB BANNISTER

              Maybe time to change your screen name! Emu? really?

              1. re: smtucker

                I keep my real name and face to make it easy for people to find me. Cause people do come across these animals and what to let me know. Yes I am going to cook some big birds.

              2. re: JB BANNISTER

                thanks still havent gotten round to doing this. but will eventually... hadnt thought of youtube for this.

                  1. re: JB BANNISTER

                    That is a little scary looking, like something out of a horror movie. (not because it is a llama, just the splayed, human-like form)

                    How did it taste?

                    1. re: cleobeach

                      Everyone loved it. I think I will try and have one every year at Bovinova from now on.

                    2. re: JB BANNISTER

                      It looked like the end of the movie Martyrs

                  2. re: JB BANNISTER

                    I can picture it: JB in a mumu cooking an emu in an umu!