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How to Grill Deer Ribs

author image Jeremy Hoefs
Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing fitness, nutrition, outdoor and hunting articles in 2006. His articles have been published in "Star City Sports," "Hunting Fitness Magazine" and RutWear field journals, as well as on the Western Whitetail website. Hoefs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
How to Grill Deer Ribs
A rack of ribs on a cutting board. Photo Credit: Paul_Brighton/iStock/Getty Images

Deer meat, or venison, is known for its lean, tender texture for steaks and roasts and its strong flavor in jerky and sausages. A commonly overlooked part of the deer, however, is the ribs. While deer ribs don’t have as much meat or fat compared to pork or beef ribs, they still have plenty of flavor. Because of the lower fat content, you must alter how you cook deer ribs from the traditional method of cooking pork or beef ribs.

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Step 1

Preheat the grill to medium heat.

Step 2

Cut the ribs into 4-inch pieces for single servings.

Step 3

Trim any excess fat from the ribs.

Step 4

Grill the ribs for about 8 to 10 minutes on one side.

Step 5

Turn the ribs with tongs and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 6

Apply barbecue sauce with a basting brush during the final 2 to 3 minutes of grilling. This prevents the sauce from burning.

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