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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 Steak Fingers Recipe

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Venison Steak Fingers Recipe

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 Recipe

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Venison Porcupine Meatballs Recipe

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 Recipe

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Venison Borscht Recipe

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 Sandwich Recipe

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Venison Horseshoe Sandwich Recipe

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 Recipe

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Venison Cincinnati Chili Recipe

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...
Duck and Wild Rice Casserole Recipe

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Duck and Wild Rice Casserole Recipe

Whether you call it a hotdish or casserole, this one-pot meal is the king of Midwest weeknight dinners. It’s also the perfect way to warm your bones after a chilly day shooting ducks and geese. This meal makes use of waterfowl breasts in a way that most dishes don’t. Rather than preparing them whole...
Venison Picadillo Recipe

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Venison Picadillo Recipe

Picadillo, which translates to “minced,” is a traditional dish served in many Latin American countries. Think of it as suped-up Sloppy Joe meat with robust flavors, served over rice. My version of picadillo, based on the Cuban preparation, uses ground venison instead of ground beef. Any ground game...
Grilled Lobster Nachos Recipe

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Grilled Lobster Nachos Recipe

The last week of August is Florida’s mini lobster season, when the state allows two days of recreational lobster diving before the commercial season opens up. Droves of people flock to the Keys to pluck their six lobsters per day from the clear water. This recipe is the perfect inaugural dish after...
Catfish Creole Recipe

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Catfish Creole Recipe

Growing up in southeastern Oklahoma, I caught and ate my share of freshwater fish. Fresh, wild fish was so common at my home, it wasn’t until I moved to New Orleans in college that I realized some people actually buy catfish. Up to that point, I assumed everyone just caught their own channels, blues...