Venison Vindaloo Recipe

Serving size

4-8

Ingredients

1 whole deer front shoulder (shank attached if it’s a small shoulder)
3 12×20” foil roasting pans (get a roasting pan as close to the size of your shoulder as possible, and double them up to prevent leaks)

Marinade
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp. tamarind
1 tbsp. garam masala
1 two-gallon zip-close bag

Puree
2 large onions
4 to 5 tomatoes
1/2 cup peeled and sliced ginger
10 to 15 cloves garlic
1/2 cup water

Sauce
3 oz. clarified butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. cumin
2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground mustard powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1⁄2 to 3 tsp. cayenne (depends on your preference. If you can find it, the milder Kashmiri chili powder can be substituted for the cayenne, although you would need to double the amount of Kashmiri)
2 to 3 cups beef stock
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped and stems removed (for garnish)

How to make it

1
  1. Rinse the shoulder with cold water, pat dry with a paper towel, and place in the 2-gallon bag. Combine the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and mix with a whisk. Add the marinade to the bag. When sealing, remove as much air as you can. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. You can use a barbecue, smoker, or oven to brown the shoulder.
  3. For a barbecue or smoker, heat it as high as it will go (400°+ F). Remove the shoulder from the marinade, and pat it dry. Save the leftover marinade in a small bowl, and reserve it for later. Place the shoulder on the grill and brown it for approximately 6-8 minutes on each side. Remove from heat, and place it in the foil roasting pan.
  4. For an oven, heat it to 450 degrees. Cover a large cooking tray with tin foil. Make sure the tray has a lip that’s at least a 1/2 inch (if not larger) to catch the liquid that forms during the browning process. Set the oven to broil, and brown each side (approximately 3 minutes per side). Remove from heat, and place it in the foil roasting pan.
2

Puree

  1. In a tall blender, combine all the listed ingredients and mix on high for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Set aside.
3

Sauce

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the butter and chopped onions. Brown the onions until they reach a very dark brown.
  2. Next, add all of the dry sauce ingredients to the saucepan, except the brown sugar, and stir continuously. As soon as the dry ingredients have toasted and become aromatic, usually around 1 minute, deglaze the pan by adding the remaining marinade and 1 cup of the beef stock. Bring to a boil.
  3. Now add the puree mixture and the sugar and stir well. Bring the sauce to a boil and then remove from the heat.
  4. Add the sauce to the roasting pan. There should be enough sauce to cover two-thirds of the shoulder. Add more beef stock as needed (it does not have to be fully covered). Cover tightly with tin foil.
  5. Set the oven or smoker to 280 degrees. Cook for 4 to 5 hours (cook times can vary for each shoulder), but what you want is fork-tender meat that falls off the bone.
  6. Remove the shoulder from the roasting pan, and place it in the third remaining roasting pan. Using 2 forks, try to get all the meat off the bones, and remove the bones from the pan. Cover the pan with tin foil, and place it in the oven at 180 degrees, or as low as it will go.
  7. Take the sauce from the roasting pan, and put it back in the large saucepan. On medium heat, bring the sauce to a slow boil and reduce it to desired thickness. The fat should separate out on the top. Skim the fat off the top with a ladle or spoon.
  8. Plate a serving of meat (4-6 ounces), and add a spoonful of sauce over the top. Serve with rice and naan.

Serving size

4-8

Ingredients

1 whole deer front shoulder (shank attached if it’s a small shoulder)
3 12×20” foil roasting pans (get a roasting pan as close to the size of your shoulder as possible, and double them up to prevent leaks)

Marinade
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp. tamarind
1 tbsp. garam masala
1 two-gallon zip-close bag

Puree
2 large onions
4 to 5 tomatoes
1/2 cup peeled and sliced ginger
10 to 15 cloves garlic
1/2 cup water

Sauce
3 oz. clarified butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tbsp. cumin
2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground mustard powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1⁄2 to 3 tsp. cayenne (depends on your preference. If you can find it, the milder Kashmiri chili powder can be substituted for the cayenne, although you would need to double the amount of Kashmiri)
2 to 3 cups beef stock
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped and stems removed (for garnish)

Special equipment

Grill or oven, foil pans, sauce pan