Last Updated on August 14, 2021 by Cynthia A. Rose
After the hunting expedition, it is now time to enjoy your venison. Besides its health benefits due to the low saturated fat content, deer meat forms incredibly delicious dishes. And there are tons of ways of preparing it including making sausages.
So how do you cook deer sausages? You can choose to roast, pan-fry, boil or grill your venison sausages. For all these methods, it is just a matter of minutes and your favorite game dish will be ready.
How to prepare deer sausages
To get the best taste, make and refrigerate the sausages for at least one day before cooking.
What do you need?
To make about 10 deer sausages, you need 2.5 pounds of boneless deer meat, pork fat, and spices like ground cloves, juniper berries, allspice, and pepper depending on your preference.
Preparing deer sausage for cooking
Using a sharp knife, trim off all cartilage, membranes, tendons, and nerves from the meat. Remove even the smallest bone particles. Now chop the venison into cubes of about 1inches.
Place the meat cubes in a bowl and add all the ingredients including pork fat. You can add some salt if you don’t mind.
Using the sausage stuffer, transfer the bowl contents to a meat grinder and blend until you get the desired texture. Repeat the process with the remaining venison then mix the two batches in a bowl using your hands. You can also use a food processor to prepare your sausages. However, a deer meat grinder is the best way to grind deer meat.
Now fill the sausage casings with the mixture. (Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for filling the casings). You will make about 10 sausages that are between 5-6 inches long.
Lastly, wrap the sausages using a plastic bag and refrigerate for a day as you get ready to cook.
How to cook deer sausages
There are several methods of cooking venison sausages and here we discuss four of them.
Basic cooking/ Boiling
Choose a saucepan that can accommodate all your sausages. Fill it with water to the halfway mark and heat over medium heat. This should give a low boil. Remove the sausages from the fridge and use a toothpick to pierce the casings four times in different sites. Piercing prevents the sausages from bursting as you cook.
Gently place the pierced sausages in the saucepan with low-boiling water. To prevent overcooking and subsequent toughening of the sausages, adjust the heat appropriately so that the water simmers lightly.
10 minutes of simmering is enough to cook your deer sausages. However, the time may vary depending on the sausage thickness. Inserting an instant-read thermometer into the sausage is a more accurate way of determining if your dish is ready.
If you get an internal temperature of about 1600 F shows that the sausages are cooked. Now turn off the heat and drain the water. Your dish is ready to serve.
How to cook grilled deer sausage
To cook grilled venison sausage, you need sausage links, olive oil, grill (electric, charcoal, or gas grill), and a brush.
Five steps for grilling deer sausages:
1. Set the grill temperature at medium heat
A gas or electric grill gives you more control over the temperature settings. You achieve medium heat by setting the temperature at 177 degrees Celsius or 3500 F. With a charcoal grill, a low fire for a few seconds is enough to provide the required amount of heat.
2. Brush the grill gates and sausage with olive oil
Using the brush, apply the olive oil to the sausages and the grill gates. This prevents the sticking of sausages on the grill as they cook.
3. Place the deer sausage links on the grill
Use tongs to place the sausages onto the grill. To cook uniformly without burning, keep turning over the sausage links at the interval of about 1 minute.
4. Check the internal temperature
After about 15 minutes of grilling, use an instant-read kitchen thermometer to check the internal temperature of the sausages. A reading of approximately 160 degrees Fahrenheit is an indicator that your sausages are well-cooked.
5. Prepare to serve
Turn off the grill and remove the sausages. Allow some time for the sausages to cool down and serve while warm.
How to cook deer sausage using the pan-frying method
If you want a savory flavor, try this recipe of pan-frying your venison sausages.
What do you need?
Deer sausage links, olive oil, bell pepper, and sliced onions are the ingredients you need. Other items necessary for sausage pan-frying include a burner, tongs, and a skillet.
Steps of pan-frying deer sausage
- Place the skillet on the burner and set it to medium heat. Warm the frying pan for about 15 minutes then pour two spoonfuls of the olive oil. Wait for the oil to sizzle.
- Now put the sausage links into the sizzling oil and shake the pan for the oil to coat all the sides of the pan and the sausages. This will prevent the sticking of the sausage to the pan.
- Use the tongs to turn the sausages after every few minutes to promote uniform cooking and avoid burning. When the sausage coating begins to change color by darkening, turn them more frequently.
- The sausages will be ready in about 10-15 minutes but to be sure, use the kitchen thermometer to confirm their internal temperature. A reading of about 710 Celsius or equivalent confirms that the sausages are ready and you can remove them from the pan.
- In a separate pan, add about 40ml of olive oil and allow to heat. Add your sliced onions and bell pepper to the pan. Sauté these vegetables to a soft texture.
- Serve by placing a bed of the vegetables, pepper, and onions, a plate and put the sausages on top. An alternative is slicing the sausages into 1-inch cuts and mix with the pepper and onions. You can take the pan-fried sausages with bread.
How to roast deer sausages
What do you need to cook roasted deer sausages?
The following ingredients will be useful in preparing roasted venison sausage: deer sausage links, butter, and some onion or bell pepper if you wish. For the cookers, you will need an oven and roasting pan.
Steps of preparing roasted venison sausage
First, preheat the oven to 177 degrees Celsius or its equivalent.
Cover the rack with a non-stick spray. If you are using a baking pan, you need to coat the bottom with a cooking spray to prevent stickiness.
Add oil to the roasting pan to cover the whole bottom surface. Chop the onions and bell pepper and place them on the pan with oil.
Using a brush, coat the sausage links with butter for a juicier taste. Transfer the sausage links to the roasting pan and ensure they do not come into contact with each other. Proper spacing making cooking better and easier.
Reset the oven heat to medium and roast your deer sausages for 10-15 minutes. Turn them over and cook for another 15 minutes before checking the internal temperature using a food thermometer.
A reading of 160 degrees Fahrenheit suffices to remove the sausages from the pan as they will be cooked.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the best way to cook deer sausage?
Whether you want to roast, pan-fry, or grill, the best way to cook sausages is to turn them after every few minutes to ensure they cook uniformly. Keeping the heat low-medium also ensures the links brown well.
How do you cook raw deer sausage?
Depending on your taste preference, you can cook raw deer sausage by broiling, roasting, grilling, or and pan-frying. The time for cooking may vary depending on the method you choose.
How do you cook deer sausage on a stovetop?
Cooking deer sausage on a stovetop is no different from using other heat sources. Heat the skillet over the stove for about 10-15 seconds, and add olive oil to the pan. Place your sausage links on the pan and cook as described above.
How long do you cook fresh deer sausage?
The duration of baking fresh deer sausages varies with the size of the links. When cooking in the oven at 300-3250 F, your sausages will be ready in 25-35 minutes. An instant-read kitchen thermometer will help you determine how long to cook your sausages by measuring the internal temperature. With an internal temperature of 1600 F, you can stop cooking.
What temperature does venison sausage need to be cooked?
When properly cooked, except with boiling, the coating of the deer sausages ought to be golden brown or dark brown and firm. Before removing the links from the pan, check the internal temperature using a food thermometer. A reading of 71 degrees Celsius or its equivalent of 160 degrees Fahrenheit shows that your sausage is well cooked.
Can you cook deer sausage frozen?
Against popular belief, cooking frozen deer sausage is feasible and safe. However, it is essential to baking them properly following the manufacturer’s instructions. Generally, frozen sausages will take an additional 10 minutes to cook in comparison with chilled ones.
Deer meat makes delicious meals and sausage is one of them. You can cook your deer sausages by either pan-frying, roasting, or grilling depending on the cooking items you have.
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