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Feb 15, 2012 05:02 PM

Ground venison?

Does anyone know of a MD source for ground venison? I see restaurants have it on the menu, so it must be available somewhere. I know I can buy it online but would like to buy one pound first to see if it works for what I have in mind. I don't know any lucky hunters. thanks!

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    1. If you want to venture to Va, try the Mclean organic butcher.

      1. Just curious what you're planning to make with it. I have never seen venison (ground or otherwise) in any Maryland stores.

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        1. re: crackers

          The first time I had venison it was in the form of deerburgers. I suppose it would work in chili.

          1. re: MikeR

            It makes a great pulled venison bbq in the crockpot. Also if you butterfly the tenderloins (2" down to 1" a side) and quick fry them in butter and sliced mushrooms with a toss of rough ground black pepper, delicious! Don't grill venison unless you are an expert, it is really lean so it is hard to get right unless you really know what you are doing, or you wrap it in bacon!

            1. re: MikeR

              Well, I do know a lucky hunter, and my freezer contains many venison cuts (mostly back straps and roasts), as well as a lot of ground venison and smoked summer sausage. The ground stuff makes great chili, vachos (venison nachos), meatballs, etc. but other fat needs to be added since wild venison has virtually none of its own. Still, you're not going to find wild venison in any stores - it is not legal to retail it.

            2. re: crackers

              They sell venison at Eastern Market the first I had it as jerky and again as deer steaks the meat is very lean and flavorful

              1. re: agarnett100

                the comments regarding its leaniality (is that a word?) or lack of inate fat are serious ones, it's too easy to over cook, but if it's ground that you're using you can easily work in some pork or something else. yeah Eastern Market, Union Meat.

            3. I buy mine in Del Ray, VA at Lets Meat on the Avenue. He'll grind it fresh. Don't recall seeing it for sale in MD.