Beginner Recipe: Venison
Credit: Robin O'Neill Photography

Gamier meats, like venison, offer more complicated flavors than fatty beef and carry sugars more gracefully. The blueberry and brown sugar in this rub counteract the natural tanginess of the meat flavor while the garlic adds an extra savory level. It's not a complicated rub to make, but the taste is extremely complex. Experimenting with other dehydrated fruits can be an interesting way to work with this lineup of ingredients.

The Blues Rub


  • 5 cups dehydrated blueberries, ground
  • 1/4 cup sea salt, smoked
  • 1/16 cup fresh ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup ground nigella
  • 1/4 cup granulated garlic
  • 1/3 cup granulated onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Put it on thick and cook carefully. Your dinner is going to be ready fast.