It is Game Time!

The Hunting season is almost at an end. The Biltong cabinet is fully stocked and the freezer

is filled with Game meat.

But some of you might find it a daunting task to cook game meat and rather opt for the steak

instead. Leaving the venison to ponder a bit longer in the icy cold until it is left forgotten

below beef cuts or chicken thighs…

The truth is, cooking venison is much similar to cooking beef or lamb, but with different spice

combinations and cooking time. Keeping in mind that you are working with a much leaner meat with less

fatty tissue than other red meats.

So what should I do with my Game meat?

Here are some hints to help you prepare your Venison.

Brining the meat works well to add some moisture and prepare the meat for cooking. Meat

can be soaked in salt and water or vinegar and water solution overnight or even in milk or

buttermilk to get rid of some of the gamey flavor of the meat.

Steaks should NOT be overcooked! Roasts can be covered to obtain moisture in the meat or

even wrapped in bacon. Game meat also lends itself brilliantly to Casseroles where meat is

slow cooked in stocks and sauces.

Rub your meat with your selection of herbs, spices and salt or marinade the meat for a

couple of hours before cooking.

Here are some spices to inspire you to cook a flavorful Game Roast this season!

Herbs usually offer the perfect solution for the stronger flavor of wild game meat. These

herbs pair well with most game meats:

  • Bay leaves,

  • Sage

  • Rosemary

  • Marjoram

Spices that also work well with game meat includes:

  • Black Pepper

  • Cloves

  • Coriander

  • Juniper Berries

  • All spice

  • Paprika

  • Garlic

  • Mushrooms (to add that umami flavour)

Still not sure how to go about that Venison leg hubby brought back from his hunt?

Here is a recipe you can try out.

An easy recipe for Game roast:


  • 1x game leg or 500g roast cut marinated in brine & lemon juice, vinegar water or buttermilk overnight.

  • 3 Tbsp To9 Game Time spice

  • 4 - 6 cloves Garlic

  • ¼ Cup olive oil

  • 250g Bacon strips

  • Glaze:

  • 3T Smooth apricot jam

  • 1T Flour

  • 3T Sherry


  1. Preheat the oven to 240 degrees.

  2. Poke holes in the meat about 1cm deep.

  3. Cut garlic cloves in 4 and insert a piece of garlic in each hole

  4. Rub the meat thoroughly with 2Tbs of Game Time spice.

  5. Drizzle the meat with Oil.

  6. Roast the meat in the oven to seal, no more than 10min.

  7. Remove from the oven and lower the heat to 180degrees.

  8. Drizzle with the rest of the Game Time spice, wrap with bacon strips and cover with tin foil.

  9. Cook the roast for 40-60min.

  10. Remove foil and glaze with a mixture of Jam, Flour and sherry.

  11. Roast for a final 5-10min.

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