Venison Meatballs

By: Angel Middleton

I love coming up with new recipes for cooking venison. I usually get inspired by trips we take. This recipe came to me on our recent trip to Virginia. Wade and I stayed at a wonderful, old, historic hotel...The Homestead. Now, I always cook with venison in our kitchen, but this recipe is just a little different. There are no noodles involved. It's pure protein, so it won't slow you down, but gives you the energy you need.

I usually cook my meatballs the old traditional way served with noodles. You can serve with noodles if you like, but for us this is an appetizer. While we were staying at the Homestead in Virginia we stopped at their local pub for a place to relax. We had a dinner we had to attend that night so we didn't want anything too heavy. We ordered the meatballs. They were ok, but i told Wade, "I have an idea." I told him these would be so much better, 1, using venison, and, 2, smoking them in our Bradley smoker.

 
As soon as we got back from our trip I went to cooking. I love to experiment with our kids. They loved them right away. The venison smoked meatballs have become a necessity at our ranch. It's now a great appetizer our hunters look forward to. It doesn't put them to sleep yet gives them the energy they need to be successful in the field. These are also wonderful paired with your favorite pasta, too. Hope you enjoy :)
 
Ingredients

1.5 Venison Sausage

1/4 cup Parsley Flakes

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

2 Eggs

2 Tbsp. Salt

2 Tbsp. Pepper

1 cup Breadcrumbs

1 cup Water
 
Directions

1. Mix the venison, parsley, garlic and Parmesan in a big bowl

2. Add in the eggs and salt and pepper and mix until it is one equally mixed substance

3. Add the water and bread crumbs to the mix and keep mixing it until it is an equally mixed substance

4. Roll the meatballs and place them on a smoker rack (if you have the Bradley Magic Mats; they are perfect when smoking meatballs)

5. Preheat your smoker to 250F using Cherry Bradley Bisquettes

6. Smoke for about 1 - 2 hours

7. Serve with marinara sauce and cheese