Venison Barley Soup the Other Red Meat

    I find it very interesting when I hear the statement, “I don’t like venison, it has a funny taste to it”. In response I usually say, “Then you have never had much venison or wild game”. I am notorious for feeding venison to people who don’t like it and changing their minds. Very often the dislike of game meat is a mental thing not a taste thing. So when a person does not know they are eating venison they give you an honest reply to your preparation of the food. This is one of my favorite recipes that does not taste like anything other than beef and is a great way to introduce the idea of eating wild game.

  Most deer is prepared the same as beef if the cook is aware that there is less fat content in any wild game so it is rather dry( unless we are talking bear) and needs a moist heat to keep it tender and flavor full. Soups and Stews are fast easy ways to enjoy the meat and not battle its natural low-fat qualities.

Venison Barley soup

Venison Barley soup

    By this photo can you tell this is venison? I am sure that most people are unable to tell the difference. The aroma is also beefy, due to the use of beef stock or broth, so you maybe the only person even notices the difference. 

Venison Barley Soup 

1.  1# Pound venison stake in small cubes

2.  5 Cups of water/ 1 cup added with barley

3.  4 Bouillon cubes beef flavor

4.  2/3 cup Quick Barley

5.  1 teaspoon salt

6.  1 bay leaf

7.  Pepper to taste

8.  1 Cup Carrots diced

9.  1 Cup onion diced 

10.  1 Can petite diced tomatoes 

11. 1 Cup frozen peas 

12. 2 tablespoons cooking oil

    I made this last week while the snow was flying and the house was cold. We usually serve it with fresh made corn muffins or hot rolls with lots of butter.

  So to start with brown the deer steak cubes in the oil, I use canola oil. I used left over tenderloin for this batch of soup but any cut will do.

browning of deer steak

browning of deer steak

  While this is cooking over a lower heat I get my 4 cups water and bouillon cubes put together to soften them.

this photo shows 4 cups of water and 4 boulion cubes. I add one more cup at the addition of the barley

this photo shows 4 cups of water and 4 bouillon cubes. I add one more cup at the addition of the barley

    After the meat is nicely browned I add 1 cup carrots and 1 cup onion and soften them for a couple of minutes in the broth that forms from the venison.

carrots, onion, and venison

carrots, onion, and venison

  Then it is time to add the broth, Bay leaf, canned tomatoes, salt and peper.Let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes before adding Barley or frozen peas.

soup before adding peas and barley

soup before adding peas and barley

   After the 3o minutes of simmering add 2/3 cup QUICK BARLEY not the regular barley. If you are unable to find the quick barley you need to add it to the soup earlier in the simmering process and allow another 15 to twenty minutes to the cook time. I also add one more cup of water at this point in thin the soup a little. If you would rather have it as a stew then omit this cup of water. I also add the frozen peas and allow to simmer on low heat covered for about ten minutes following the quick barley directions on box,  checking for thickness as time passes.Quick baley does continue to thicken your soup even after removed from the stove so beware.

Venison Barley Soup simmering on stove

Venison Barley Soup simmering on stove

  If the soup appears thick enough then remove bay leaf and serve. This recipe feeds about  5.  If  you are lucky and don’t have a 22-year-old son who will eat you out of house and home then maybe 6 average size portions. Cooking time is about 40 minutes.

  Cooking this on a cold winter afternoon warmed that inter house. I serve the soup with warm cornbread and a lite salad and home canned peaches making this a very country heart healthy meal. Enjoy!

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17 thoughts on “Venison Barley Soup the Other Red Meat

  1. sandy

    Looks absolutely divine. Although I don’t have venison, I’m going to make it with beef. You don’t have to convert me about the taste or health benefits of venison. There’s nothing like a hearty soup or stew on days like this. I can only imagine the aroma through your house.


  2. I think the people who think it tastes funny have not had it prepared well. That soup looks delicious 🙂


  3. I was raised on wild meat, at least every autumn when Dad went hunting. Deer, moose, once bear. I prefer it to ‘tame’ meat and I feel the extra flavour is from the nutrients in it; wild things eat what they need, not what is given to them for the farmer’s purposes. It’s easier, I think, if you eat like this growing up. For many people, it’s hard to make a transition from familiar to unfamiliar foods. Thanks for the recipe. I’m saving it for the future. ~ Linne


  4. I’m notorious for feeding family members wild game without telling them beforehand… 🙂


  5. Jolynn, just wondering if you noticed an uptick in traffic? I posted your link on Reddit, and have had good success with that myself. Great recipe, thanks.


    • Yes and thank you!!!! I have read about Reddit but still have no interaction with it.. how do you post to it and do you have to be a member? Now I will have to learn something new again. Thats great I am so happy


      • I hadn’t heard about it until a friend posted one of my blogs there, and I had by far my best day. You have to register, and they only want you to post your own content once for every nine other things you link, so I figured I would share the love. Was yours a significant bump?


      • yes I have gained several new fallowers and gotten a free E-book from an a local author.. I am always happy to find others who like what I am doing but I do realise that hunting fishing homesteading and black smith work are not a broad based subject matters. So you and the others like us just plug along writting and sharing because we love what we do… I will in the future register and join in the fun…. I will have to look at the stats to see how much of a bump I got but any thing is wonderful!


      • Glad it helped out. I figure as long as you don’t mind, I will be sharing stuff on there as it seems appropriate.


      • again thank you for all the information and help


  6. Wow, that looks good! I’m going to try this. I have a bunch of venison in the freezer and canned and I always get tired of cooking the same few ways. I’m always trying to find new things to do with it.


  7. Hello Auntie! I copy- and-pasted your recipe and gave it to my husband. He’s always looking for new ways to cook venison. So, thank you!!


    • Great! I am so glad that you two like foods like this! I will share more of these as time goes on. We eat so much venison that I forget to write about it… what seems normal to me seems so unintresting at times.Then I remember that I do still live a life that is lets just say off the beaten path, so eat, enjoy and love to you both


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  9. Darian

    I made this but I added potatoes and green beans… Was wonderful…. Made biscuits with it..


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