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grilled venison steak
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Smoked Venison Steak with Smoked Cherry Sage Butter

This smoked venison steak is topped with a smoked butter infused with garlic, sage, and dried cherries. The whole dish put together is like eating a fresh bite of the crisp fall mountains.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Resting Time10 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Camping Food, Comfort Food
Keyword: Smoked Venison
Servings: 4 people


  • 4 8 oz venison steaks I used rump steaks
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper

Smoked Cherry Sage Butter

  • 8 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh sage minced
  • cup dried cherries chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat the smoker. Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F.
  • In a heat-proof shallow pan, place the butter, garlic, sage, dried cherries, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Season the steaks on all sides with the salt and pepper. Place the steaks and the pan with the cherry sage butter on the grates, close the lid, and smoke for about 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on the thickness of your steaks. The goal is to smoke your steaks to about 125 degrees F internal temperature if you want to end with a medium rare steak.
  • When your steaks hit 125 degrees F, remove them from your grill and preheat your sear box (or a cast iron skillet) to high heat (at least 500 degrees F). Dip the steaks in the butter mixture. Don't get any pieces of garlic or cherries, just a thin coating of the smoked butter.
  • Place the steaks on the grill grates and sear for 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Let the steaks rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Top each steak with a spoonful of the warm smoked cherry sage butter and enjoy!


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 834IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg