White-Tailed Deer Loin
About White-Tailed Deer
White tailed-deer (Odocoileus virginianus), originating from Americas, was shipped to Finland in 1930’s. It is a middle-sized deer and can be found especially in South-West of Finland. Male can weight as much as 284lb (130kg) and female 88-176lb (40-80kg). White-tailed deer is typically 40” (100cm) tall, so it is clearly smaller creature than moose. Hunting season starts on 1st of September and lasts until mid-February.
Like any venison, white-tailed deer is an excellent choice for a grill. Today I got 1,2 lb (550g) sirloin to grill.
Here is how you cook it right:
- Clean off any membrane or hard lumps of fat with a sharp knife
- Rub some salt, black pepper and rosemary all over the sirloin and put to fridge for an hour
- Heat your charcoal grill up to 355°F (180°C) for direct heat grilling
- Sear sirloin both sides until meat temperature hits 119°F (48°C). This will most likely take some 15 minutes. Use fast reading thermometer for monitoring and pay attention. Venison is lean and will get dry and chewy, if overcooked.
- Wrap sirloin in foil and put to rest for 15min. Meat temp will carry over to 126°F (52°C), medium rare doneness.
- Serve with root vegetables and red wine sauce
Simple and beautiful!