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Painless Cooking

When all else fails, cook it slow. Turkey and goose legs, venison shoulders and even fish fillets. Get it safe to eat and then dress your dinner up from there.

You’ll need a few ingredients:

– aluminum foil pan

– aluminum foil

– water

– meat of choice

For a general rule of thumb, heat the oven to 250 degrees and place your meat of choice in the pan with just enough water to cover half of your dinner, and then cover the entire pan with aluminum foil.

A deer shoulder after it has been slow cooked. Notice the amount of water in the bottom of the pan.
Jeff Kurrus/NEBRASKAland Magazine

For a deer shoulder, I usually start cooking in the morning and it’s tender by suppertime.

For smaller dishes, such as rabbit and turkey legs, I’ll start checking it after a few hours.

For fish fillets (these works best already boneless), take a look in an hour.

Once tender, de-bone the meat and decide your next step. Because you definitely have options.

1)      Shred the meat, add butter, spices, salad dressings, sauces, veggies and anything else you can think of, stir together and smoke your dish on the grill for at least 15 minutes uncovered. Because the meat is done, these extra steps are merely for additional taste … and fun.

2)      Mix your meat with another dish you’ve already prepared. Creative dishes like rabbit enchiladas and deer and dumplings are two of my favorites.

After slow cooking, add onions, butter and ingredients to spice up your dinner.

After slow cooking, add onions, butter and other  ingredients to spice up your dinner. Jeff Kurrus/NEBRASKAland Magazine

Overall, slow cooking is painless. Start the process, let the oven do the work, and come in to close the deal at the end with a few spices and creativity that forces your dinner guests to say, “Are you sure this is deer we’re eating?”

After slow cooking venison, I'll shred it, much like BBQ pork, and serve with hamburger buns and cole slow.

After slow cooking venison, I’ll shred it, much like BBQ pork, and serve with hamburger buns and cole slaw.
Jeff Kurrus/NEBRASKAland Magazine

About Jeff Kurrus, Editor

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Kurrus completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Memphis in 1998 and Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2002. After seven years as a freelance writer for various regional and national publications, he joined the Commission in 2006 as Associate Editor of NEBRASKAland and was named Editor in 2013. He collaborated with NEBRASKAland Contributing Editor Michael Forsberg on the children’s picture book “Have You Seen Mary?” in 2013. He spends most of his time outdoors with friends and family, and his passions include bass and northern pike fishing and whitetail deer hunting.

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