How To Smoke Venison On A Traeger

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Venison is such a great tasting meat with a nice earthy finish to it.  Now we add that Traeger wood fired fun to it and it will soon become a rotating dish for your pellet grill.

How To Smoke Venison On A Traeger

Chef Jason, Ace's Grilling Expert, has created this fast and easy recipe for you to follow with a venison tenderloin.

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 45-55 Minutes
Cook temp: 180˚ F Smoke – 30 minutes then 375˚ F Roasting – 15-20 Minutes
Print Recipe For Venison Tenderloin


Measure   Ingredient                                                                                       Prep Notes      
2 ea              Venison Tenderloins, approx. 1# each                               Trimmed     
1 tbsp           Oil, Canola / Olive Blend                     
3 tbsp           Game On Rub, 5280 Culinary                                               Season to taste               



Wash all tools prior to use
Clean and sanitize all cutting boards and prep surfaces prior to use
Read all manufacturer’s instructions before using grills, or any cooking tools
Clean out Traeger as needed and change drip tray liner (if applicable)
Fill pellet hopper with Reserve Blend Pellets
Set Traeger to 180˚ F, hit enter and hit ignite
While Traeger is heating up:
Prepare the venison tenderloin by removing any silver skin or connective tissue
Lightly oil the venison and season to taste with Game On rub
If applicable: add your wired probe or Meater probe to the center of the venison tenderloin
Once Traeger has reached cooking temp of 180˚ F add the venison tenderloin on the bottom grate and plug in the wired probe
Smoke the venison for approx. 30 minutes, or until internal temp reaches 95˚ F
Adjust Traeger to 375˚ F and cook venison until temp reaches 130˚ F
Using Tongs, remove the venison to a cooling rack
Allow to rest for 5 minutes
Slice the venison on a bias into thin slices

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Published on 6/29/2022.
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