Venison Tri Tip
Our professional chef clients love to serve this venison. But it doesn't take a culinary genius to turn venison into a beautiful meal. Venison tri tip is a compact, tender cut that works well when grilled fat-cap side down first, then flipped and finished for a few minutes (keep it medium-rare). We recommend keeping venison as rare as possible, to best enjoy the lean texture and rich flavor.
Think of venison as an all-season meat. Take it out to the grill in the summer and serve with a fresh salad or grilled vegetables.
Sear venison stove-top in fall and winter and pair with seasonal root vegetables, chestnuts or dried fruits.
In spring, venison is bold enough to take the strong flavor of ramps, and yet works with tender asparagus and butter lettuce.
Our venison comes from a group of small-scale ranchers in New Zealand who raise Red deer according to the strict standards required by the Cervena name.
Cervena is a trademarked appellation which certifies that all the venison with their label has been humanely pasture-raised, and 100% grass-fed with only minimal supplemental feed such as hay. The pristine pastures of New Zealand offer conditions that are essentially wild, but in which the ranchers can still monitor and protect the deer.
One of the Cervena standards is a rejection of steroids, growth hormones and antibiotics. Only in cases of extreme disease will antibiotics be administered, and then the animal is tracked and not allowed to be processed.
Cervena also requires that animals be less than three years of age at the time of processing, which takes place only at accredited facilities that are specifically licensed and regularly audited by an independent agency.
All of this focused care brings out the best in the venison; it is lean, consistently tender, deep red and full of sweet flavor.
Naturally low in calories and fat, yet packed with nutrients like iron, zinc and B vitamins, Cervena venison is a high-quality protein and one of the healthiest red meats available today. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, venison has about 20% less fat and about 100 fewer calories per 3.5 ounce serving than beef. It's the ideal meat to include as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
The boneless loin requires a little trimming and removal of silver skin. Keep in mind when cooking this lean meat that it cooks faster than beef or other red meats with fat in them. No fat means no protection from the heat. It also means that venison is best when rare or medium rare.