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Jalapeño Elk Venison Sausage Gravy and Biscuits Recipe

Flaky biscuits are topped with a spicy jalapeño gravy that's made with elk venison sausage.

Jalapeño Elk Venison Sausage Gravy and Biscuits Recipe

Everything in this biscuits and gravy recipe is made completely from scratch – right down to the jalapeño venison sausage. (Photo courtesy of MEAT!)

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This recipe makes incredible biscuits and sausage gravy from scratch. 

It's perfect for hunting camp too! To save time, prepare the elk venison sausage at home in advance. Then, once you get to camp, you can skip straight to Step 2. 

Step 1: Make the Jalapeño Elk Venison Sausage

You’ll want to work with your meat still partially frozen to make for an easier grinding process and to prevent the smearing of fat. It’s additionally recommended to freeze your grinding plates and other cutting parts prior to grinding.

Yield: 15 pounds elk venison sausage
Total time: 45 minutes - 1 hour

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  1. Using a meat tumbler or large tub or bowl, combine elk and pork pieces and mix until evenly blended.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add this spice blend to the meat and mix until the meat is evenly seasoned.
  3. Pass seasoned meat pieces through the largest die plate on your meat grinder two times.
  4. At this point, the sausage is ready to link or bag in bulk.

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Step 2: Homemade Gravy Recipe

Use the jalapeño elk venison sausage you made in Step 1 to make this gravy.


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 8 ounces jalapeño breakfast sausage
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon Montana Mex Mild Chile Seasoning Blend
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • Squeeze of lemon juice


  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the sausage is beginning to brown, but is not fully cooked.
  2. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes until it turns translucent. By this time the sausage should be broken up into smaller pieces and be fully browned.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic, thyme and Montana Mex Mild Chile Seasoning. Cook this for an additional minute. Add the flour and cook this for 1 minute while stirring it completely into the cooked sausage mixture. Add the milk and stir to incorporate fully and avoid any lumps from forming until the sauce begins to simmer and thicken. Add and stir in the salt, black pepper, lemon juice and zest. Taste and adjust to suit your preferences.
  4. To serve, ladle the gravy over your biscuits and top with fresh thyme leaves or other fresh herbs such as chopped chives or parsley. Enjoy!

Step 3: Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold, cut into tablespoons
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, cold (or milk plus 1 teaspoon of lemon juice; allow to sit for 5 minutes before using)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F. In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Cut the chilled butter into the dry mixture using a pastry blender or by pulsing it in a food processor with the blade attachment.
  2. Slowly drizzle the buttermilk into the dry mixture while stirring until fully incorporated. This mixture will be crumbly yet tacky wet and generally falling apart with a promise of it sticking together.
  3. Turn this out onto a lightly floured surface and begin to shape and compress the mass by hand until it begins to hold a shape. At this point use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a rectangle shape about 1 inch thick. Cut this rectangle into thirds, stack these rectangles on top of each other and roll out again to the same 1-inch thickness.
  4. Use a sharp-edged cutter or knife dipped in flour between cuts. Cut into your desired shape and size using a straight up and down motion. Twisting or slicing will result in an inferior rise. Scrap dough can be reformed, rolled and cut into biscuits but they will be tougher than the first pass biscuits.
  5. Transfer the biscuits to a parchment-lined baking sheet and arrange with 2 inches of spacing between each biscuit. Refrigerate for 15-20 min. Before baking, brush the tops of each biscuit with melted butter or milk.
  6. Reduce the oven temperature to 400° and bake biscuits on the middle rack until deep golden brown on the bottom and golden on top, about 20-25 minutes.

Step 4: Assemble Your Biscuits and Gravy


  1. To serve, ladle the jalapeño elk venison sausage gravy over your freshly baked biscuits and top with fresh thyme leaves or other fresh herbs such as chopped chives or parsley. Enjoy!


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