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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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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...
Venison Borscht

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Venison Borscht

Borscht is a delicious soup made popular in Eastern European and North Asian cultures. The most identifiable version comes from Ukraine and is made with beet roots, giving the soup a deep red color. Borscht is generally served with beef or lamb, but the recipe easily translates to the use of wild...
Venison Horseshoe Sandwiches

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Venison Horseshoe Sandwiches

The origins of the horseshoe sandwich trace back to Springfield, Illinois, in the 1920s. The first iteration was made with ham—the namesake coming from the horseshoe shape of the boneless slices. But, over time, hamburger patties have taken the place of pork. And in this recipe, ground venison takes...
How to Pair Beer with Wild Game

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How to Pair Beer with Wild Game

Most hunters probably drink a can of gas station American light lager with their wild game—and that’s perfectly fine. I have nothing against Bud Light, Busch Light, or whatever your favorite brew that costs $20 per case might be. In fact, Coors Banquet always has a spot on my dinner table. But with...
Venison Cincinnati Chili

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Venison Cincinnati Chili

I grew up in Oklahoma, and the version of chili we ate closely resembles what you’d find in Texas. When I first heard of the Cincinnati chili, I was immediately suspicious of the flavor complexities created by the various spices. In Southern chilis, you don’t often come across allspice, cloves, and...