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Justin Townsend

Justin Townsend

Justin Townsend grew up hunting and fishing in Oklahoma, but began training as a chef in New Orleans during college. Since then, he's traveled the country pairing a passion for the outdoors with a culinary background to create delicious wild game recipes.

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Buffalo Turkey Sausage

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Buffalo Turkey Sausage

This creative recipe combines the idea of a Middle Eastern ground meat skewer known as a kofta kebab, buffalo wings from my favorite neighborhood bar, and ground wild game meat. I recommend using turkey breast, thigh meat, and a little skin when you grind it all together. I found my original test...
Booyah Stew

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Booyah Stew

Booyah! It’s not the in-your face comeback. No, this is a delicious stew hailing from the Upper Midwest with Belgian origins. Traditionally the stew is prepared over several days in large “Booyah kettles” using beef and chicken. This recipe incorporates venison and pheasant and is prepared much...
Turkey Spiedie Sandwich

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Turkey Spiedie Sandwich

Spiedie sandwiches hail from Broome County, New York. The name comes from the Italian word “spiedo” meaning “cooked on a spit.” Nowadays, folks prepare them with any type of meat-so my mind naturally wandered to turkey. The marinade is the key in this recipe. It reminds me of a tangy, Italian...
Venison Steak Chimichanga

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Venison Steak Chimichanga

A chimichanga is nothing more than a deep-fried burrito—but it feels like so much more than that. To me, this meal offers the best of crunchy tacos and warm, comforting burritos. Some people speculate that this delicious dish was created in Tucson, Arizona, back in 1922 when a cook accidentally...
Venison Tamale Pie

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Venison Tamale Pie

If you’ve ever made tamales, then you know the entire process can be slightly labor intensive. Tamale pie is an excellent shortcut to save time but still get the same flavors. This dish dates back to the early 1900s and first appeared in Texas. Typically beef, pork, chicken, or chorizo is used, but...
Venison Loco Moco

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Venison Loco Moco

I first discovered loco moco in a Hawaiian restaurant in San Diego. As I spooned ground meat, gravy, and rice into my mouth, I could tell this was a perfect comfort food. It's such a good idea, I wondered why I'd never put this meal together before on my own. Loco moco's origins trace back to 194...
Venison Oklahoma Burgers

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Venison Oklahoma Burgers

The Oklahoma onion burger is one of my favorite meals from the Sooner State. This recipe was born during the Great Depression when meat was expensive and people had to stretch their food to get a full belly. The onion burger, half meat and half onion, has traveled across the United States and can...
Venison Irish Breakfast Sausage

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Venison Irish Breakfast Sausage

No full Irish breakfast is complete without sausages. Although they're traditionally served at breakfast, these Irish links can be the centerpiece of any meal. The pork fat adds moisture and smooths out the texture of the meat while the herb and spice blend combine with the venison to bring out...
Venison Steak Fingers

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Venison Steak Fingers

One of my favorite meals growing up was my mother’s steak fingers. This recipe is a matured adaptation of a childhood favorite and sure to be a hit with your family. The dipping sauce is a variation of the traditional southern Jezebel sauce. There are several southern states which claim the origin...
Venison Porcupine Meatballs

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Venison Porcupine Meatballs

You might be disappointed to know that this recipe doesn’t actually involve porcupine meat. It could, but the name actually refers to the way the rice cooks and extrudes from the meatballs, reminiscent of the quills on a quill pig. This traditional Midwest meal has been around since the Great...