Oven-Cured Venison Sausage

This recipe not only looks cool, but it’s easy and cheap to make as well. Get a small grinder, add the ingredients, and you’ll wind up with a snack that’s perfect for cutting up with chunks of your favorite cheese, or putting in the pocket of your hunting coat.

1 cup oatmeal
2 tbs curing salt
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp peppercorns
12 garlic cloves minced
1/2 medium onion minced
2 lb venison burger

Using a blender reduce oatmeal to a coarse flour. Combine oat flour, salt, mustard seeds and peppercorns in a large mixing bowl. Add to this mixture the minced garlic and onion. Add the burger and knead with your hands until thoroughly mixed.

Form mixture into sausage shapes about 1 ½-by-6 inches. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place sausages on an oiled cookie sheet and cure in the oven for one hour. Turn them and finish the curing process for a half-hour. Set aside to cool.

These store well in the freezer, although it’s a good idea to shrink-wrap them for storage. This recipe can be altered to suit your taste. By adding jalapeno peppers, more onion or perhaps different spices like sage or rosemary, you can customize it to make it your own.

Oven-Cured Venison Sausage