Pulled Venison Barbacoa: Tacos and Soup

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Pulled Venison Barbacoa
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
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Here’s a fresh take on slow cooked roasts, and it’s perfect for any time of year! We turned this recipe into a taco dinner one night, then into soup for lunch the next day!
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbs. Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Cumin, ground
  • 1 Tbs. Paprika, smoked
  • 1 Tbs. Black pepper, ground
  • 1 Tbs. Kosher salt, coarse
  • 1 Tbs. Brown sugar
  • 3 lbs. Venison roast (we used two 1-1/2 neck roasts for this recipe)
  • ½ c. Oil (we used vegetable)
  • 16 oz. beef broth
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 1 large white onion, quartered then sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Poblano pepper, diced

Instructions
  1. Combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, pepper, salt, and sugar thoroughly. Place roast(s) in a baking dish, and rub with spice blend on all sides. Let rest while bringing ¼ c. oil to high heat in a large sauce pan or pot. Add venison and sear on each side, about 3 minutes per side. You may need to add an additional ¼ c. oil to pan halfway through the searing process. Place venison in slow cooker. Add juice of one lime to the pan to lift the spice scrapings from bottom of pan. Add scrapings to slow cooker. Also add broth, remaining lime juice, onion, garlic, and poblano pepper. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hrs. Using two forks, shred venison into strips. Remove bones if present. Store leftover venison in juices to prevent drying out.

Notes
Taco Night: We served up the fresh venison barbacoa in corn tortillas, and topped them with shredded cheese, avocado slices, fresh salsa, cilantro, and green onions. As sides, we served steamed white rice, and a large green salad tossed with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

Soup (for 1): Saute 2 large carrots and 2 stalks of celery with olive oil in a small Add 3 cups of water to pan, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add ¼ c. of the leftover venison barbacoa, including juices. In this way, the soup will cool as the venison warms without further cooking it. Top it all off with a sprinkle of cheese, cilantro, avocado, and green onion. This makes a perfectly lean and nutritious lunch that is oh so satisfying!

This is already starting to look good...

This is already starting to look good…

Searing the roast on all sides not only locks in juices, it adds an authentic smokey charred flavor to the dish.

Searing the roast on all sides not only locks in juices, it adds an authentic smokey charred flavor to the dish.

The finished product is juicy and incredibly flavorful. The possibilities for use are endless!

The finished product is juicy and incredibly flavorful. The possibilities for use are endless!

If your roast came with bones in it, save them for making stock! The work is already halfway done!

If your roast came with bones in it, save them for making stock! The work is already halfway done!

The stages of building the perfect venison barbacoa taco.

The stages of building the perfect venison barbacoa taco.

Don't feel like tacos? Serve a heap of this over your favorite rice and dig in!

Don’t feel like tacos? Serve a heap of this over your favorite rice and dig in!

Use your leftover meat, juice and garnishes in soup the next day: just add water (and veggies)!

Use your leftover meat, juice and garnishes in soup the next day: just add water (and veggies)!

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