Homemade Venison Bresaola, Italian Air Dried Cured Deer Meat Recipe (Bresaola di Cervo)

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Homemade Venison Bresaola Recipe (Air Dried Cured Deer Loin)

Bresaola di cervo or venison deer bresaola is one of the cured meat cold cut or charcuterie. Bresaola, sometimes called brisaola is air-dried, salted and spiced beef or venison deer that has been aged for several months until it becomes hard and turns a dark red. Bresaola usually made from lean and tender meat like eye round or tenderloin.Properly trimming process is essential to the rich taste. The meat of beef are thoroughly defatted and seasoned with a dry rub of coarse salt, spices, and herbs. They are then left to cure for a few days. A drying period of between one and three months follows, depending on the weight of the particular bresaola. The meat loses about 30-40% of its original weight during aging.

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Recipe Homemade Bresaola Venison Deer Loin (Italian Bresaola di Cervo)

Eversince i’ve made my Homemade Duck Prosciutto (Air Dry-Cured Duck Breast), i’m obsessed with making homemade cured meat or charcuterie. Homemade version of venison bresaola is away cheaper than the gourmet deli store price tag. Making venison deer bresaola is actualy effordless since you let the time doing it’s drying and aging process. Beside, you can control all ingredients and adjust the taste according to your own personal licking. For example, i add szechuan peppercorn to my homemade venison bresaola to satisfied my asian descent taste buds and you won’t get any of it in the store.

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Venison Bresaola di Cervo, Thinly Sliced Before Eaten

Venison bresaola is popular among the hunters because it was ancient old meat preserving method. Properly dry cured method of bresaola can save the good amount of hunting harvest. Than they can enjoyed  it for a long day since it can last for months or even years. Some would love to inocculate a good white mould in the exposed meat to make it last longer. To mantain the red meat color and prevent spoiling and poisoning from botulist, bresaola cured with nitrites like salt peter or potassium nitrid. The nitride oxide  binded and reacted with the remaining myoglobin in the flesh and make a red pigmentation. This process get even better when the water is drained out from the flesh, but since i was using a junvenile deer for making this bresaola, the meat color is not as red as the matured ones.

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Recipe Homemade Venison Bresaola Air Dry Cured Deer Loin

To make venison bresaola, you must have the tenderloin or the round eye meat of it. Make sure you deboned the loin from the ribs properly and cleaned it from any silver skin or it won’t be well cured. The tenderloin then cleaned, salted and cured with good seasoning for about 2-3 days, depend on your venison loin size. During this time the venison loin is gently pressed to drain all the blood that remains  in the meat. After the curing process, the cured venison loin is carefully washed in running water, patted dry and hung in a dark, good-ventilated environment. The  humidity and temperature of the inviroment is the key success of making a good quality of venison bresaola. The best enviroment for making cured meat is cold climate with low humidity. The cured venison loin  is then left until dry and loosen  30 percent of it’s weight. When you lived in a tropical country with high temperature and humidity, don’t worry about it, as long as you can set your refrigerator in “dry mode” you can made your own dry cured meat or bresaola.

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Spice, Herbs, Curing Salt and Smoked Seasalt for Venison Bresaola

The spices and herbs used differ according to the traditions and your personal preferences. For making my homemade venison loin i’m using a combinations of nutmeg, szechuan pepercorn, fennel seed, cumin, cardamon, sage, tarragon, juniper berries, black pepper, bay leaf, cloves, thyme, oregano, and rosemary. For the salt, i’m using homemade wood smoked salt and also salt peter (sendawa). All of the rub then processed in a food processor until form a fine powder to made it penetrate better to the meat.

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Bresaola di Cervo, Homemade Cured and Air Dried Venison Deer Meat

How to enjoy venison bresaola is up to your preference, bresaola usually sliced into paper thin and served at room temperature or slightly cold.  It is most commonly eaten on its own, but may be drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice or balsamic vinegar. I love to serve venison breaola as a salad or as an appetizer on a top of toasted whole wheat bread with blue cheese, pesto or spicy salsa dressing. Another variation is serving venison bresaola as a pasta or pizza topping. If you ask me about how does venison bressola taste like, i guess it almost the same with beef bresaola, but got a gamey deer flavour within.  Venison bresaola is got more iron-like taste with metal aftertaste, just like you eat your anemia supplement.

Homemade Venison Bresaola Recipe:


  • 1 1/2 pounds venison deer tenderloin  (replace with beef)
  • 20 gr (about 2-3 percent from the meat) wood smoked seasalt
  • 1/4  tsp of salt peter/ pottasium nitride (you can either use pink salt)
  • 30 gr brown sugar (you can replace with regular sugar)
  • spice : nutmeg, szechuan pepercorn, fennel seed, cumin, cardamon, juniper berries, black pepper, and cloves
  • herbs : sage, tarragon, bay leaf, thyme, oregano, and rosemary


  • Trim any siverskin and fat from the venison deer tenderloin, note the weigh it for counting the salt weigth
venison deer loin bresaola recipe dried cured deer loin

Venison Deer Loin for Making Bresaola (Already Trimmed)

  • Process all salt, sugar, spice and herbs in the food processor until form fine powder, set aside
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Mixture of Salts, Herbs and Spices for Making Homemade Venison Bresaola

  • Rub the venison loin with half amount of the rubs, make sure all surface are throughly coated
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Step by Step Homamade Venison Bresaola: Rub the Loin Evenly !

  • Put the spiced venison loin in the non reactive airthight container (or using zip lock bag), let it refrigerate in 7-10 days until very firm, flip it every 12 hours
homemade venison bresaola recipe dried deer tenderloin

Step by Step Homamade Venison Bresaola: Curing Process !

  • In the following next day, discard the liquid that dripped off from the meat, rub the meat with remaining rubs
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Step by Step Homamade Venison Bresaola: Discard the Dripping Liquid!

  • Put it back in the fridge, flip the meat every 12 hours for following next 1-2 days depend on your venison loin size until it stiff and hard
  • Wash gently your cured venison loin in running water, pat dry it well
cured venison deer meat bresaola air dried bresaola di cervo

Step by Step Homamade Venison Bresaola: Finish Cured Venison Loin and Ready to Hung !

  • Wrap it in a cheese cloth and secure the end, note the date and the weight of your salted and cured venison loin (count and note your 30 percent weight lose of your venison bresaola)
bresaola venison making weight before hung dried

Weight Cured Venison before hung into Bresaola

  • Hung the venison bresaola in your refrigerator, set it in “dry mode”
  • Watch and weight your venison bresaola until it got ideal 30 percent of  weight lose target
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Weight Done and Ready to Eat Venison Bresaola

  • Voila, your venison loin bresaola is done!
air dried cured venison bresaola di cervo deer homemade finish

Homemade Venison Bresaola : Dark Color and Firm, Ready to Slice!

  • Thinly slice your venison bresaola and enjoy it!

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39 thoughts on “Homemade Venison Bresaola, Italian Air Dried Cured Deer Meat Recipe (Bresaola di Cervo)

  1. You really do make some interesting dishes! I’ve had bresaola before, but never with venison. And I haven’t made it. Fun post – thanks.

  2. Oh…How gorgeous! I love cured meat and this sounds super fun to do a homemade version. I better clear my fridge to create some space for this delicacy in the making. 😉

  3. I am simply in awe! You are amazing! Curing meat at home has never even crossed my mind. It seems so complex and complicated… Your idea to add Sechuan pepper sounds excellent. I wish I could invite myself for a snack 😉

  4. I am totally impressed with this recipe, the way you described each and every step and the pictures you have taken – I have never had a chance to dry-cure anything yet but your wonderful blog post sure is encouraging – maybe I should try my hands at this after all! Respect, dear friend, respect!

  5. All these meats sound so complimentary together my friend 😀
    Beautiful photos!


    P.S Unfortunately, I have lost around 1000 subscribers on my blog, and I have no idea how, so if you were subscribed, would you be able to resubscribe? Thank you!

  6. Both, beef and venison are something we don’t eat yet I love how the meat was rolled with the ingredients for the delicious outcome. I am looking at using lamb for this recipe which I am sure should not be an issue.

  7. This is really wonderful! I have never thought to make homemade bresaola. Not sure I can get the deer tenderloin, but I sure can get beef! How fun to try this! Thanks! ~ David

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