Country Recipe: Barbequed Saddle of Venison

Hot summer days lend themselves to digging out the barbeque or investing in a new one and firing it up to cook up some delicious food for your family and friends to enjoy. We love trying out game meats and giving them a summery twist to serve at barbeques and picnics in the summer, and one of our favourites is a barbequed saddle of venison.

barbeque in the summer

Venison makes for a much tastier and healthier option than beef for the barbeque, and this recipe is simple and quick to cook yet rich in flavour.


250g venison saddle

Half an aubergine

2 tomatoes, sliced

2 spring onions

1 tbsp sweet chili sauce

3tbsp crème fraiche

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Sherry vinegar

Dash of orange juice


  1. First, you need to fillet the venison saddle. It is possible to ask your butcher to do this, but you can do it yourself:
  • With a sharp knife, cut down and away from the bone.
  • Scrape down the bone, snap it off and cut round it.
  • Cut along the rest of the bone to remove the meat and open up the joint.
  • Follow the seams to cut out the steaks
  • Finish preparing the venison by taking the fat sinews off the meat
  1. Slice the aubergine, season with salt and pepper and gently grill it on the barbeque for 4 to 5 minutes, turning occasionally, until it is nicely browned.
  2. Season the venison with salt, pepper, a sprinkle of sugar and roll it in a small amount of oil.
  3. Place the saddle on the barbeque and cook for 8 minutes, turning occasionally.
  4. Mix the crème fraiche and chili sauce to serve on the side.
  5. Make your sherry vinegar dressing by chopping the spring onion, adding tsp of sherry vinegar, 1 tbsp of olive oil, a splash of orange juice and salt and pepper.
  6. When the venison is cooked, leave to cool slightly before cutting thin slices, and serving on top of the aubergines, sliced tomatoes and pouring the dressing over the top. You can grill the tomatoes too, or leave them fresh.

Double up on the ingredients if you are expecting a lot of people at your summer barbeque, and take a look at our recipes so you are guaranteed plenty of food for everyone! We have country recipes for wraps, pasties and kebabs, a new twist on the classic scotch egg and some alternative recipes for traditional game meat. Don’t forget about the drinks too! Get yourself some of our raspberry gin – perfect for a summer barbeque!

Make sure your summer barbeque has everything you need; take a look at our online shop for picnic accessories, country clothing and gifts and much more, including shooting equipment like gunslips and cartridge bags for when the season starts again!

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