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How to Add Fat to Venison

Some venison recipes need fat for taste and texture. Here are some tips on the best types of fat to use and how much of it you should add to particular dishes.

How to Add Fat to Venison

A mixture of fatty pork butt and venison makes tasty kebabs. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

Venison is incredibly versatile, and as hunters, we enjoy it because it’s lean, healthy and flavorful. Recipes where I enjoy venison more than beef include meatloaf, tacos, casseroles, sloppy joes and chili. There’s no pool of grease to worry about – no skimming and no draining required.

But in some recipes, this leanness can be a disadvantage. A good burger, meatball, sausage or kebab needs fat, not only for taste but also for texture. If there isn’t a bit of grease on your lips after you bite into a burger, it’s just not as satisfying. 

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