10 Recipes for Your Backyard Get Together

Celebrate with great food for your backyard BBQ or picnic with these outdoor recipes.

10 Recipes for Your Backyard Get Together
This pulled hog roast recipe is delicious by itself or on bun with some coleslaw. (Photo courtesy of Scott Leysath)
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Pulled Hog Shoulder or Hindquarter Roast Recipe

Smoke, roast or grill your wild hog shoulder or hindquarter – all three methods will lead to a delicious outcome

Ingredients:

  • 1 wild hog shoulder or hindquarter roast, bone in or out
  • ¼ cup Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce

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Grilled Bison Tacos Recipe
To make these gorgeous bison tacos, you’ll need to marinate the meat in sweet teriyaki sauce for 6 to 12 hours. Once the bison has marinated, grill it and cube it, then place some in freshly toasted tortillas with homemade avocado pico de gallo. (Field 2 Grill photo)

Grilled Bison Tacos Recipe

Bursting with protein and full of flavor, this Grilled Bison Tacos Recipe is the perfect dish to serve up on Taco Tuesday or any day of the week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds of bison flap meat
  • Any rub/seasonings that suits your tastes
  • Teriyaki marinade
  • 3 jalapeño peppers
  • 1 white onion
  • 5 tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • ½ bushel cilantro
  • 1 banana pepper
  • 1 package tortillas
  • 3 lemons/limes
  • Garlic salt

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Bourbon BBQ Venison Backstrap Recipe
Get your bourbon fix with this tasty Bourbon BBQ Venison Backstrap Recipe. (Photo courtesy of North American Whitetail Magazine)

Bourbon BBQ Venison Backstrap Recipe

With a sweet and tangy bourbon BBQ sauce drizzled over venison backstrap, this recipe is perfect to fulfill that Cajun craving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 venison backstrap with all silver skin removed
  • 1 cup Zatarain’s Creole Mustard
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1⁄3 to ½ cup fresh cracked black and white peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh puréed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon marjoram
  • 2 ounces Dale’s Seasoning (liquid meat marinade)
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana “Extra Hot” Hot Sauce

Bourbon BBQ Sauce:

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 chopped banana, serrano or jalapeño pepper
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion, diced very fine
  • 1 cup bourbon or Tennessee whiskey
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1⁄3 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1⁄3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt (I use pink Himalayan sea salt)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

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Grilled Whole Venison Backstrap Recipe
Andy Morgan likes to grill his venison backstrap whole. (Shutterstock photo)

Grilled Whole Venison Backstrap Recipe

Looking for a fine way to spend a summertime evening? Then clean the freezer out, find a whole venison backstrap, fire up the grill, and follow this recipe from Andy Morgan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole venison backstrap

Marinade:

Kentucky Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup butter (or 1 stick)
  • 4 cups ketchup
  • 4 cups mustard
  • 4 cups vinegar
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

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Central Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe
This brisket recipe highlights an offset, sticker-burner style smoker, what is traditionally used in Texas barbecue, but any smoker can be used. (Nick Parsons photo)

Central Texas Style Smoked Brisket Recipe

Every region of the world has its own version of barbecue, and Central Texas is no different. Oak hardwood and simple rubs are preferred to the sweeter and more complex offerings of Kansas, Memphis, and the Carolinas. Texas is beef country, and the king of beef is the brisket. Master that, and there's nothing you can't smoke.

Ingredients:

  • Whole, untrimmed "packer" brisket (13 to 16 pounds)
  • Kosher salt
  • Coarse ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Olive oil
  • Heavy duty foil or "pink" butcher paper
  • Oak hardwood (chunks, chips or pellets, depending on your cooker)

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BBQ Fritos Venison Sliders Recipe
Crunchy Fritos, red onion and white cheddar topped on a venison slider with drizzled honey BBQ sauce. (Chelsie Walters photo)

BBQ Fritos Venison Sliders Recipe

This BBQ Fritos Venison Sliders Recipe makes the perfect backyard barbecue appetizer or game day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground venison
  • 1 small red onion, sliced into rings
  • ½ cup honey BBQ sauce, plus some extra
  • 1 (9.25-ounce) bag Fritos
  • 6 slices white cheddar cheese
  • 6 slider buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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Ultimate Square Venison Burger Recipe
(Photo courtesy of GameandFishMag.com)

Ultimate Square Venison Burger Recipe

An ideal proportion of ground venison, guacamole, and pungent special sauce make this venison burger extra tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground venison
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small white onion, sliced
  • ½ pound bacon, cooked
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • ½ pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • ½ cup guacamole
  • 4 hamburger buns

Secret Sauce:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

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BBQ Turkey Thighs Recipe
Cook these BBQ Turkey Thighs low and slow. (Holly A. Heyser photo)

BBQ Turkey Thighs Recipe

These BBQ Turkey Thighs take a while to cook on the barbecue, but they are worth the wait.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-4 turkey thighs
  • Salt

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, or to taste
  • 4 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • Salt to taste

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Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Blackbuck Antelope Steaks Recipe
Simple to make and tasty, this Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Blackbuck Antelope Steaks Recipe will be your go-to dish for blackbuck or pronghorn. (Brian Fortenbaugh photo)

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Blackbuck Antelope Steaks Recipe

These blackbuck antelope steaks are marinated, wrapped in bacon and then grilled until medium-rare and delicious; this recipe also works well with pronghorn steaks or tenderloins.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds blackbuck ham steaks
  • ½ pound bacon
  • ¾ cup dry red wine
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons Chicago-style steak seasoning (can also use Montreal or Hi Mountain steak seasonings)

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Epic Elk Venison and Onion Burger Recipe
This is truly an epic recipe for elk venison burgers. Each hamburger is assembled with baby arugula, a tomato slice, a juicy patty, grilled onions and two types of cheese. (Nevada Foodies photo)

Elk Venison and Onion Burger Recipe

With a mild essence of grated onion, chopped parsley, minced garlic and a few other seasonings, this elk venison recipe results in delicious burgers that are juicer than the usual grilled hamburger.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ pounds ground elk venison
  • 1 cup grated onion
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus additional for buns
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 6 slices Havarti cheese
  • 6 slices mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 6 sesame seed buns, split

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