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Jim Zumbo's Unreal Stew for Gamey Meat

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“If you hunt, you already know that Jim Zumbo knows how to make any game, no matter how tough, taste great! This can be cooked in a slow cooker or in a Dutch oven. Per, this is Jim Zumbo's favorite recipe. Jim goes for taste, not dietary concerns. This recipe can be cooked at a camp site, if someone has mess duty while others hunt. If cooking all in 1 pot, drain off the excess fat before Step 2; otherwise, use a skillet for bacon and browning and a Dutch oven or slow cooker for the rest.”
3hrs 35mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • ROUND 1
  • 12 lb sliced bacon
  • 2 lbs venison, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • ROUND 2
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 large onion, roughly diced
  • 5 celery ribs, stalks and leaves roughly diced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 12 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • ROUND 3
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 12 dashes teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons A.1. Original Sauce
  • 30 g brown gravy mix or 5 tablespoons brown gravy mix
  • 30 g chicken gravy mix or 5 tablespoons chicken gravy mix
  • 36 g chili seasoning mix or 5 13 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
  • 6 fresh mushrooms, roughly diced
  • 1 (16 ounce) can tomato juice
  • ROUND 4
  • 4 medium tomatoes, roughly diced or 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 medium potatoes, roughly diced
  • 4 medium carrots, roughly diced


  1. In skillet, brown bacon, then set cooked bacon aside until Step 2. Brown meat in bacon grease until it loses its pink color.
  2. Place meat and bacon in Dutch oven or slow cooker and cover with 2 inches of water. Add "Round 2" vegetables and seasonings. Cook for 2 or more hours until meat is tender, adding water as necessary.
  3. After meat is tender, add "Round 3" vegetables and seasonings. Cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Add "Round 4" vegetables and cook until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

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