Shredded Venison Sandwiches Recipe
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Shredded Venison Sandwiches Recipe

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"My husband hunts for deer every November, so I'm always looking for new recipes for venison," relates Ruth Setterlund from Fryeburg, Maine. "The whole family loves these slow cooker sandwiches, seasoned with soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and hot pepper sauce." —Ruth Setterlund, Freyburg, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:14-18 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 14-18 servings


  • 1 boneless venison roast (4 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke, optional
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 14 to 18 hamburger buns, split


  1. Cut venison roast in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, lemon juice, soy sauce, liquid smoke if desired and seasonings. Pour over venison. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove roast; cool slightly. Shred meat with two forks; return to slow cooker and heat through. Using a slotted spoon, place meat mixture on bun bottoms. Replace tops. Yield: 14-18 servings.
Originally published as Shredded Venison Sandwiches in Taste of Home February/March 2004, p46

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Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"Super delicious but too peppery for my taste. I only used half of the pepper."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"Great recipe with fantastic beef flavor! You seriously don't know that you are eating venison! Even my girlfriend who can be a pain in the butt when it comes to eating venison asked if I could make some more of those "hot beef" sandwiches for her!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Very good, my husband is a deer hunter so we used venison but it would also work well for pork. Sauce had a good flavor, meat was very tender!"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"I do not care for the game flavor & you cannot taste game in this recipe. It is a more savory than sweet BBQ sauce."

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"This was wonderful! I borrowed a roast from my boyfriend's family to make this recipe, and it makes me wish I had a hunter in my family. Even if you aren't a venison fan, this recipe definitely makes it more than edible."

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