Deer-B-Que....Slow Cooker Venison Barbecue

Donna Cochran


When slow cooking a lean meat such as venison you will need to remember two things: make sure the meat is covered in some kind of liquid as it cooks in the slow cooker (be it BBQ sauce, water, beef stock, beer or a can of cola), and be sure add some type of fat into the cooking liquid (in this case, I incorporated a couple of tablespoons of butter into the BBQ sauce) to compensate for the venison’s leanness.

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Makes 8-10 sandwiches, depending on size
30 Min
10 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


3-4 lb
whole venison roast
1 large
onion, sliced
1/4 c
cider vinegar
1/4 c
brown sugar
1/4 c
dark beer
1/2 c
1 tsp
worcestershire sauce
3 oz
tomato paste
2 Tbsp
melted unsalted butter
1 Tbsp
chili powder
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
dried mustard
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
1/4 tsp
red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp
black pepper
1 c
beef or chicken stock, beer, cola or water, or enough to cover the venison


1Trim deer roast of any visible fat and/or connective tissue and cut it into 2-inch thick slices (this will help the meat to stay submerged in the sauce). Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray or place a slow cooker liner inside. Spread the sliced onions onto the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the pieces of meat inside the slow cooker without overlapping them too much, if possible.
2In a medium-size bowl, whisk the cider vinegar and the brown sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Whisk in beer, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, butter, chili powder, salt, mustard, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and black pepper.
3Pour sauce over the venison pieces, reserving about a ½ cup if desired to serve on the side. Pour the 1 cup of stock (or more) over the meat, making sure it is barely covered.
4Cover the slow cooker and set on low 9-10 hours or until the meat can be easily shredded.
5Remove meat to a large bowl and shred it with two forks. Return the meat to the slow cooker and cook another hour on low
6Set the slow cooker to warm and serve barbecue straight from the slow cooker insert.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Wild Game
Main Ingredient: Wild Game
Regional Style: Southern