Barbecued Venison Meatloaf

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Barbecued venison meatloaf is one of those unforgettable comfort foods and the flavors are fantastic.

If you aren't a fan of deer meat or are a fan and don't have any, use any ground meat available this meatloaf is a basic recipe and anything can be substituted.

This recipe keeps the ground venison moist and delicious by adding butter and some simple pantry ingredients.

Hunting season is usually in the fall and we have been lucky enough to have an abundance of venison meat to cook all year long.

Ground venison is always a new challenge to come up with tasty recipes that eliminate that gamey taste.

We love Vension Cabernet Burgers, Venison Salisbury Steak, Venison Bolognese Pasta Sauce and Venison Chili which are all easy recipes using ground venison.

This meatloaf was the perfect addition to our recipe files using deer meat and everyone loved it!

Scroll down to the bottom to get this easily printable venison meatloaf recipe.

this is a barbecue sauce topped venison meatloaf baked with peppers on top

Savory Tangy Venison Meatloaf

This meatloaf recipe is delectably tender, perfectly seasoned, and perfect with any kind of barbecue sauce you use.

If you never tried venison before this may be your new favorite recipe using ground venison meat.

The flavors are great and really keep the meatloaf moist and delicious disguising any gamey flavors.

Of course, you can always opt to use another kind of ground meat, the basic recipe is delicious no matter what ground meats you choose.

this is a sliced of venison meatloaf with barbecue sauce and peppers on top

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Barbecued Venison Meatloaf

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  • eggs
  • dry bread crumbs
  • barbecue sauce plus more for the top
  • chili powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • dried oregano
  • dried basil
  • minced garlic
  • granulated garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bell pepper
  • melted butter
  • olive oil

this is raw venison ground meat shaped into a meatloaf with peppers and barbecue sauce on top

Tools You Will Need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoon
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Measuring cups
  • Baking dish, loaf pan, pie plate or other
  • Parchment paper

this is a barbecued venison raw meatloaf with peppers on top getting ready to bake on parchment paper

Other Venison Recipes

Venison Stew
Venison Pot Pie
Venison Cacciatore
Venison Salisbury Steak

this is venison hamburger being mixed into a meatloaf recipe

Other Meat Alternatives

  • Ground Turkey
  • Ground Chicken
  • Ground Chuck
  • Ground Pork

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My Tips and Suggestions

This recipe is amazing with any ground meat, but for all my hunter friends out there, this is a great venison recipe to try.

When it comes to making ground venison it can become dry, remember to always add some kind of fat to keep it moist.

I have also used pork fat in place of the butter, bacon fat which is wonderful and you can use whatever your taste buds prefer.

They all work well, just remember the more meat you use the fat you need to add,

We love a firm crispy baked meatloaf with this barbecue topping with peppers however you can omit the peppers and top this with mushrooms and onions.

We also love this wrapped in raw bacon first and then cooked!

Just get creative and experiment with the recipe they way your family enjoys meatloaf.

Leftovers (if there are any) are great in a sandwich!

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Barbecued Venison Meatloaf

Barbecued Venison Meatloaf

Prep time: 10 MCook time: 45 MTotal time: 55 M
This is ground venison which is a wild game deer meat made into a barbecued ground venison meatloaf. The meat is very robust in flavors or the sauce and is delicious served with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob or your favorite baked beans,


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup dry  bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce plus 4 tablespoons for the top
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bell pepper sliced for on top
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, bacon fat or any other pork fat
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 half pounds ground meat ( venison, beef, chicken, turkey or any other wild game meat


How to cook Barbecued Venison Meatloaf

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a loaf pan or deep-dish pie plate with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together ground venison, eggs, bread crumbs,  garlic,  butter, barbecue sauce, salt,  pepper and rest of the herbs, rest of the seasonings. and Worchestershire sauce,
  4. Mound the mixture on to the prepared parchment-lined baking dish.
  5. Add the rest of the barbecue sauce on top, peppers, and drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Bake until the top looks crispy at 375 degrees for around 45 minutes or longer depending on the thickness of the meatloaf.
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Love Deer Meat? Try These Recipes Below We Love!

Fried Venison SteaksVenison StewVenison Cabernet Burgers, and Venison Sauerbraten.

sliced venison meatloaf on a white dish


  1. That looks so juicy and tender! I have never had a meatloaf made with venison. Definitely on my list to try.

  2. Looks and sounds very good Claudia, but my venison source dried up when my West Virginia cousin quit hunting.


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