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Game & Fish Recipes for Your 4th of July BBQ

Game & Fish Recipes for Your 4th of July BBQ
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Here's a collection of wild game and fish recipes to help your 4th of July BBQ

Updated June 2018

By the time the 4th of July rolls around, the winter rust that might have set in on your grilling skills should be long gone. If Memorial Day Weekend is the warm-up toss for grilling season, the 4th of July is game seven of the championship series. You better bring your "A-Game" to the party as your guests will expect nothing less.

And for the outdoor enthusiast, there's even more pressure as you might have an unconverted newbie that married into the family, inching up to the table, to sup on wild game for the first time – you want that first bite of venison or duck to be so good they'll come back for more.

To help you with your grilling efforts, we enlisted some of the top names from the Sportsman Channel and wild game recipes … let's dig in!

Pork-Filled Bacon Basket Recipe

The bacon weave acts like a sausage casing, holding together the inside filling while it cooks. (Photo courtesy of

Brian "Pigman" Quaca, host of Pigman: The Series on Sportsman Channel serves up this savory Pork-Filled Bacon Basket Recipe.


  • 2 pounds pork sausage
  • 1 package pork bacon, pre-sliced

  • 1 small package pre-cooked shredded potatoes
  • 1 small can diced jalapeños
  • 1 small block cheddar cheese or 1 package grated cheddar cheese (smoked cheese is the best)
  • 1 bottle Green Mountain Grills Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Get the Recipe: Pork-Filled Bacon Basket Recipe

Ultimate Square Venison Burger Recipe

The sweet pickle relish gives this venison burger recipe a good balance of sweet and tart flavors. (Photo courtesy of

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

Burger 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 Ingredients:

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

Get the Recipe: Ultimate Square Venison Burger Recipe

Amazing Venison Ribs Recipe

This ribs recipe is best served with a side of vegetables and a warm roll. (Photo courtesy of Steven Rinella)

These slow-cooked venison ribs are so tender and delicious, they fall right off the bone.


  • 1 rack venison ribs
  • ¼ cup paprika, plus a little extra
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons celery salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

Get the Recipe: Amazing Venison Ribs Recipe

Bacon-Wrapped Venison Rolls Recipe

Venison steak wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cream cheese and green pepper. (Photo courtesy of Jana Waller)

Jana Waller, host of Skull Bound TV on the Sportsman Channel lays out her famous bacon-wrapped venison roll recipe.


  • 1 package of bacon
  • 1 pound venison or 4 steaks/backstraps
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 jalapeño or green pepper
  • 1 cup balsamic dressing
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Toothpicks

Get the Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Venison Rolls Recipe

The Perfect Venison Backstrap Roast Recipe

Serve this venison backstrap with mashed potatoes and your favorite side vegetable. (Photo courtesy of

Marinated in a fine red wine sauce and roasted to perfection, this venison backstrap recipe is elegant yet simple.


  • 1 venison backstrap
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine vinaigrette
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Get the Recipe: The Perfect Venison Backstrap Roast Recipe

Grilled Canadian Whitefish Recipe

The chili sauce combined with the grill brings a smoky flavor to this Canadian Whitefish Recipe. (Photo courtesy of

You'll love this Grilled Canadian Whitefish Recipe, marinated in a chili-soy sauce and slightly charred on a flaming grill.


  • 1 pound whitefish fillets, approximately 2 inches thick
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili paste
  • ½ teaspoon parsley flakes

Get the Recipe: Grilled Canadian Whitefish Recipe

Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Duck Recipe

This duck breast recipe calls for Banded Fusion Hot Sauce, but feel free to use your favorite brand. (Photo courtesy of

Marinated in hot sauce and wrapped in bacon, this duck breast recipe is ideal for the wildfowler who loves their game meat with a spicy kick.


  • 4 duck breasts
  • 1 (10-ounce) bottle of Banded Fusion Hot Sauce
  • Grill rub
  • 8 pieces hickory smoked bacon
  • 8 pepperoncini peppers
  • 4 ounces cream cheese

Get the Recipe: Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Duck Recipe

Cajun Walleye with Cilantro Lime Relish Recipe

Serve this Cajun Walleye with Cilantro Lime Relish Recipe with a side of coconut rice or risotto. (Photo courtesy of

This Cajun walleye recipe combines real Louisiana flavor with a zesty and fresh cilantro lime relish.

Walleye Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 4 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dry basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups flour, depending upon desired spiciness
  • 4-8 walleye fillets
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Cilantro Lime Relish Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of ½ lime

Get the Recipe: Cajun Walleye with Cilantro Lime Relish Recipe

BBQ Venison Sliders Recipe

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

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


  • 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

Get the Recipe: BBQ Venison Sliders Recipe

Mushroom and Blue Cheese Venison Burger Recipe

Top this venison burger recipe with extra mushrooms and blue cheese if you wish. (Photo courtesy of Scott Leysath, "The Sporting Chef")

Form the patties for this burger recipe using ground venison, mushrooms and blue cheese.


  • 1 ½ pounds ground venison
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped mushrooms
  • ½ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices tomato

Get the Recipe: Mushroom and Blue Cheese Venison Burger Recipe

Simple Venison Steak Marinade Recipe

Let your venison steak marinate overnight to ensure it soaks up all of the savory flavors in this marinade recipe. (Photo courtesy of

This venison marinade recipe is very versatile and can work with nearly any wild game meat, such as antelope, elk or bison.


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup A-1 steak sauce
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup onion, chopped

Get the Recipe: Simple Venison Steak Marinade Recipe

Venison and Crawfish Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

These cheesy venison and crawfish stuffed peppers take less than an hour to make. (Photo courtesy of

This Louisiana-inspired stuffed pepper dish is made with ground venison and crawfish tails.


  • ½ pound ground venison
  • 1 pound boiled crawfish tails
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons Creole seasoning
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 6 red bell peppers
  • 1 cup shredded yellow cheddar cheese

Get the Recipe: Venison and Crawfish Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

Venison Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

This isn't your average mac and cheese, this four-cheese recipe is sure to impress at your next family gathering. (Photo courtesy of Tom Minchella)

Make this mac and cheese even creamier by boiling the pasta 3-4 minutes longer than the directions say on the box.

Venison Chili Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds ground venison
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups red wine
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup whole Italian tomatoes

Mac and Cheese Ingredients:

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 ½ cups half-&-half
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Get the Recipe: Venison Chili Mac and Cheese Recipe

Bacon-Wrapped Venison Skewers Recipe

These bacon-wrapped venison skewers are marinated in a homemade teriyaki sauce.

Marsha Flynn, a family friend of Michael Hunsucker from Heartland Bowhunter on Outdoor Channel, treats us to her extra special Bacon-Wrapped Venison Skewers Recipe.


  • 1 venison steak (can substitute duck breast)
  • Bacon slices
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Half a small onion
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder (or use fresh garlic)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ginger powder

Get the Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Venison Skewers Recipe

Riggo's Grilled Striped Bass Recipe

Sprinkle some oregano on this Riggo's Grilled Striped Bass Recipe for an earthy, pungent flavor.

This healthy and satisfying Grilled Striped Bass Recipe is best when topped with a fresh mango salsa.


  • 2 striped bass fillets
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder, or 1 garlic clove, minced

Get the Recipe: Riggo's Grilled Striped Bass Recipe

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