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Shredded Venison Sandwiches

"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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 252 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 699mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • Christina
    Aug 14, 2017

    This was incredible! Used a venison shoulder roast, which didn't shred so we just sliced.Had to make a few tweaks because I eat paleo: used tomato sauce for the ketchup and coconut palm sugar for the brown sugar and coconut aminos for the soy. These changes still made for an amazing dish!

  • Hpab161
    Jan 11, 2016

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

  • Tipsymcstagger
    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!

  • gunslinger
    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!

  • DrDoom77
    Jun 9, 2013

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  • ksabey
    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.

  • Teri or Kimberly
    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.

  • Moriah86
    May 14, 2011

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  • scrapo
    Mar 2, 2011

    So good!!

  • pchenow2
    Feb 3, 2011

    Another winning recipe from Taste of Home. This was quick and easy, and went over really well with everyone who tried it. I really love the smokey flavor from the Liquid Smoke (I used the Hickory BBQ version rather than Mesquite). Will definately be making this again!