Pulled Venison with Blue Cheese in a Brioche Bun

Main courseServes 6

A delicious twist on a BBQ classic this summer, put locally farmed or sourced venison to great use with this Pulled Venison with Blue Cheese recipe from the team at Holme Farmed Venison. For more recipe inspiration visit hfv.co.uk  


For the rub

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp brown sugar – dried out on a plate for 5 minutes to make it easy to mix

1 tsp ground black pepper

½ tsp salt

2 wild venison shanks

1 x 440ml can of cider


To assemble

4 brioche buns

Salad leaves

75 – 100g soft blue cheese



  1. Mix the rub ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Stand the shanks in the bowl and rub with the dry mix, pressing well into the meat. Leave for 2 minutes, then repeat the process to ensure the meat is very well covered. Leave for 15-20 minutes for the flavours to enter the venison.
  3. Pour the cider into a flameproof casserole and add the shanks.
  4. Place on the heat, bring to the boil and reduce to a gentle simmer. Take a piece of greaseproof paper the size of the casserole and scrunch it up, then open it out and place on top of the meat to keep the moisture in whilst it is cooking.
  5. Cover with a lid making sure the paper is not hanging over the edge of the casserole and cook for between 3½ - 4 hours, or until the meat is falling off the bone. Check regularly and add more cider if it starts to dry out.
  6. Remove from the oven and using 2 forks, pull the meat away from the bones. Cover the meat and keep warm.
  7. Halve the brioche buns and grill both sides of the bottom halves and upper side of the bun tops. Put some salad leaves on the bottom halves and top with the pulled venison. Crumble the cheese over the underside of the top halves, press down lightly and grill until the cheese starts to melt.
  8. Place the bun tops, cheesy side down on top of the venison and serve straightaway.