Venison Roast Recipe | How to Slow Cook Deer Roast (crockpot)

Deer recipes slow cooker

This is the way to get a tasty, tender and juicy venison roast. Using the slow cooker is the easiest way to make a perfect venison roast every time.

Making this slow cooking venison roast

is the WAY to cook a venison roast. It’s so easy to make! This is literally a morning outfit, set it and forget it as a recipe.

But, the

reward of starting this recipe in the morning is worth it 10 times when you get into a juicy and tender piece of deer meat with potatoes, carrots and lots of sauce. I couldn’t love this recipe more if I tried.

roasted venison stew

What is the best way to cook cuts of venison

? Cooking roasted cuts of venison is

pretty straightforward. However, in my years of venison cooking, I have kissed a few frogs. When you have a roast, especially if it’s from the shoulder or neck, it has a lot of connective tissue. If cooked incorrectly, the connective tissue remains rubbery and unpleasant.

In comparison, if cooked properly, venison roast can crumble tenderly. The way to achieve this result is to cook it low and slow. Or, it lowers temperature for a longer period of time. In my experience, the easiest and best way to ensure a perfect result is to use your slow cooker. I also use it in this slow cooker stew recipe.

Roasted venison in slow cooker topped with spices and tomato paste

Why does my venison

always come out hard?

If you find that your roasts always come out rubbery, dry, or hard, chances are you’re not cooking long enough and at a low enough temperature. If you are using a slow cooker, you want to cook your meat over low heat for 8-9 hours, or until it melts tender. Cooking over high heat will not give the same result. If you are using another recipe, you can use your oven but it does not exceed 350F. If your roast has been cooking for 2-3 hours and is still not tender, lower the oven temperature and cook longer.

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Small yellow potatoes, diced carrots, sliced onions, slow cooker with spices


how do you cook venison

roast to make it tender?

The best way I’ve found to make sure a tender roast venison (bone-in or boneless) is to cook it in the slow cooker over low heat for 8-9 hours, or until it’s falling apart. If you cook it over low heat you will not dry it.

Note that I do not recommend cooking this over high heat for 4-6 hours. It’s not going to be so juicy and tender. If you’re in a hurry, I really recommend planning another day to do this when you can prepare for it to cook all day or all night while you rest.

Roasting venison in clay pot on small yellow potatoes, carrots and diced seasonings

Tips for creating the best

deer roast Even

if you choose to cook your pot roast in a slow cooker (as I recommend), there are a few steps you can take to make sure your meat transforms into a fabulous meal. If you follow these steps, which are included below in the recipe printout, you will have a wonderfully tasty and juicy deer roast in your hands.

close-up photo of roasted venison, potatoes and diced carrots covered with parsley

1. Seal the meat everywhere first

First in order is to burn the meat on all sides in a large pan. Use a fat with a high smoke point such as duck fat, avocado oil, or clarified butter/ghee for frying. This adds flavor and texture.

Arabic numeral. Add lots of aromatics

and seasonings

I love a mix of lots of onions, garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasonings. Worchestershire sauce and tomato paste are also added for added depth of flavor. The ingredients can be simple but also impactful and mainly tasty. You won’t need canned soup or seasoning packets here.

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3. This


one of my most talked about tips, but adding acid to a venison dish is very important to balance the rich flavor. Here, I like to use balsamic vinegar.

4. Use quality or homemade broth

My venison broth recipe is perfect to use here. If you don’t have homemade broth, choose a good quality beef broth or bone broth. This adds a rich silky texture to the finished sauce.

5. Place

carrots and potatoes on top so they don’t get soaked I

like to stack potatoes and carrots on top of the roast so that they steam in the slow cooker and don’t overcook. It works perfectly, even for such a long cooking time.

Once done, I like to make some sauce by whisking a suspension of cornstarch to drips from the bottom of the slow cooker. Reduce that for about 10 minutes and you’ll have a wonderful, easy, cozy, and stylish meal!

Put this venison roast recipe on your meal rotation list: it’s perfect for a busy weekday OR special enough for a cozy weekend meal, just like this popular venison stew.

For more modern and delicious venison recipes, check out my best-selling cookbook, Venison Every Day!


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