Updated: Oct 5, 2020
by Jose Souto from Venison: The Game Larder (Merlin Unwin Books)
Photography: Steve Lee
I love barbecued spare ribs. Pork can be very fatty however, so here is a recipe using venison ribs. These can be finished in the oven or on a BBQ and if you go for the latter, be careful they do not burn.
To sous vide, marinate the ribs in a vac pack then double bag them and cook overnight at 74°C. Then chill and baste in the oven to glaze.
600ml tomato ketchup
200ml dark soya sauce
15g smoked paprika
5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 venison breasts prepared for BBQ
500ml chicken stock
Place all the ingredients apart from the chicken stock in a bowl and mix well.
Using a pastry brush, paint the BBQ sauce all over the ribs on both sides.
Take a clean bin bag and fold out the top of the bag so that you can see the bottom. Place the ribs in the bag and pour over the rest of the marinade. Wash your hands and then unfold the rolled top end of the bag and tie a knot in it.
Leave the ribs to marinate overnight in the fridge.
The following day place the ribs in a heat-proof dish large enough to take them lying down in a single layer.
Tip the remaining marinade into a separate bowl, add the chicken stock, mix well and pour over the ribs, ensuring they are well covered in liquid. Bring to the boil then transfer to the oven and cook for 1¾ to 2½ hours at 160°C or until the meat is tender.
Remove the ribs from the sauce and allow to cool. Meanwhile strain the sauce and simmer to reduce to a thick coating consistency.
Once the ribs are cold, cut into 3-bone portions then dip or coat with sauce before placing in the oven or on a BBQ to reheat.
Delicious with chips!
For Nigel's veggie option he cooked up peeled & cubed, carrots, parsnips & homegrown Kuri squash, a.k.a red onion pumpkin, in exactly the same way as the venison, but just for an hour until they were nicely soft, & he substituted veggie for chicken stock.
Wild and British Venison Recipe Booklet is here... download the pdf below for six more delicious venison recipes from tasteofgame.co.uk
Also check out the Taste of Game website for more recipes: https://tasteofgame.org.uk/category/recipes/venison-1/