Wild Bill's Basic Marinade

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WILD BILL'S BASIC WILD GAME MARINADE

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 cup Dry Sherry
1/8 cup Wine Vinegar
1 Lime - juiced
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce (Kikkoman) use low sodium if desired
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce (omit if marinating lamb)
1 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper corns (Tellicherry) is considered the best
1 Teaspoon Kosher or Sea Salt
3 Garlic Cloves - minced fine
5 or 6 dashes of Liquid Smoke
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

Add the following additional ingredients if marinating lamb or pork:

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine or 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground thyme
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine or 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground rosemary
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon ground oregano

Mix all the ingredients in a plastic, glass or stainless steel container with a lid and add meat.  I normally add a light coating of Wild Bill's Meat Rub to the meat about 30 minutes to an hour before placing in the marinade.  Stir the meat/marinade every few hours to evenly distribute the marinade.  You can leave meat in the marinade overnight if desired.  This recipe is good for several pounds of meat.  I use it on wild turkey, venison, etc. and the marinade is not overpowering and does not leave your wild game tasting like the marinade. 

A marinade's primary function is to soften tougher meat fibers and not to impart excessive flavors to overpower the natural distinctive flavors of the animal or wild bird that are produced by a varied diet of weeds, acorns, leaves, nuts, wood bark, etc.  This flavors the meat in much the same way that peanut fed hogs in Virginia make their hams taste distinctively.  Since most people are used to eating meat that is grain fed, which has a much milder flavor, gamey meat tastes strange to them and most people don't like it.   I personally want to be able to taste the different flavors of wild game otherwise,  I might as well be eating store bought chicken or turkey which is bland tasting without any seasonings! 

Wild game handled properly does not exhibit the gamy taste that many are turned off because of a bad personal experience with wild game that was improperly processed and prepared.   I have personally witnessed individuals consuming venison thinking that it was beef, enjoying every succulent and delectable bite and they never knew the difference, yet they had a phobia about consuming any type of wild game.  Yes, I am grinning!

View my Wild Turkey Breast Stir Fry recipe for additional information.

Web posted by Bill aka Mickey Porter 08-10-12.

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