Venison Roast with Juniper Berry Rub

Beth Renzetti


I found this while researching PNW foods/recipes. It can be found in 'Where People Feast – An Indigenous Peoples’ Cookbook'. By Dolly and Annie Watts. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver (

Juniper berries have a bittersweet pine flavor with a peppery aftertaste.


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15 Min
1 Hr


  • 1 Tbsp
    dried juniper berries
  • 1 clove
  • 1 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp
    cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp
    onion flakes, dehydrated
  • 1 lb
    venison rump roast
  • 1 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil
  • 1 c
    boiling water

How to Make Venison Roast with Juniper Berry Rub


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180° C). Crush the berries, garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin seeds, and onion flakes in a mortar.
  2. Rub the crushed spices onto the roast and then pan-sear the roast in a hot frying pan with the oil to lock in the juices.
  3. Put roast in a roasting pan and add the boiling water, then roast for 1 hour, basting at least 4 times.

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About Venison Roast with Juniper Berry Rub

Course/Dish: Wild Game
Main Ingredient: Wild Game
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtags: #indigenous #PNW

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