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Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs 5 mins
If you hunt, you already know that Jim Zumbo knows how to make any game, no matter how tough, taste great! This can be cooked in a slow cooker or in a Dutch oven. Per Ammoland.com, this is Jim Zumbo's favorite recipe. Jim goes for taste, not dietary concerns. This recipe can be cooked at a camp site, if someone has mess duty while others hunt. If cooking all in 1 pot, drain off the excess fat before Step 2; otherwise, use a skillet for bacon and browning and a Dutch oven or slow cooker for the rest.
- 1⁄2 lb sliced bacon
- 2 lbs venison, cut in 1-inch cubes
- 2 quarts water
- 1 large onion, roughly diced
- 5 celery ribs, stalks and leaves roughly diced
- 3 bay leaves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1 yellow bell pepper, roughly chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
- 12 dashes teriyaki sauce
- 2 tablespoons A.1. Original Sauce
- 30 g brown gravy mix or 5 tablespoons brown gravy mix
- 30 g chicken gravy mix or 5 tablespoons chicken gravy mix
- 36 g chili seasoning mix or 5 1⁄3 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
- 6 fresh mushrooms, roughly diced
- 1 (16 ounce) can tomato juice
- 4 medium tomatoes, roughly diced or 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 4 medium potatoes, roughly diced
- 4 medium carrots, roughly diced
- In skillet, brown bacon, then set cooked bacon aside until Step 2. Brown meat in bacon grease until it loses its pink color.
- Place meat and bacon in Dutch oven or slow cooker and cover with 2 inches of water. Add "Round 2" vegetables and seasonings. Cook for 2 or more hours until meat is tender, adding water as necessary.
- After meat is tender, add "Round 3" vegetables and seasonings. Cook for 30 minutes.
- Add "Round 4" vegetables and cook until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
I left hubby in charge of making this dish for us (he's the hunter). We had this for dinner tonight. I believe he prepared it (this afternoon) as directed, but I'm really not sure. I printed this recipe out for him and he claims he followed it exactly, so I have to believe him. It was pretty tasty (for being venison, which I'm not a big fan of to start with). The gamey flavor was hidden nicely. We both decided on a 4 star rating. It really is a good (and different) way to use up our deep freezer full of Bambi. I have this saved for next seasons hunt. Thanks for posting. (Made for PAC 2014)