how to cut up the hind quarter of a deer

How to Cut Up the Hind Quarter of a Deer

Do you take your meat to the butcher or cut it up yourself? If you’re the DIY hunter sort like we are, you may find this post helpful. We’ll explain how to cut up the hind quarter of a deer. Hopefully you find it helpful.

How to Cut Up the Hind Quarter of a Deer

  1. Follow the natural seams of the structure of the muscles. You are not cutting into the muscles, you are separating them. Separating them is equal parts using your hands to pull apart the muscles as it is helping out with your knife.
  2. The gland can be seen at the point of the knife.
    The gland can be seen at the point of the knife.

    Once the large bottom round is separated, you will see the hind leg gland. Remove it. The bottom round makes good steaks.

  3. The bottom round and eye-round are tough, collagen rich muscles. They DO NOT make good steaks. We grind them or make jerky.
  4. The shank is often ground along with the bottom round and eye-round, however they can make a great braised dish.
  5. Use your fingers to separate the sirloin and top round as much as possible. Use the knife to separate the top round first and then follow the bone to separate the sirloin.
  6. Remove the fat, bloodshot and discolored meat and dirt. Leave the silver skin on though because it protects the meat during the wet aging and freezer time.
  7. Vacuum pack the cuts.
  8. Wet age if you prefer.

In general the top part of the hind leg is more tender. The further down you go the higher concentration of collagen and therefore tougher meat. With aging you get more flavorful and tender steaks from the top muscles and improved stew and braising meat from the bottom.

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I hope you know feel like you have learned how to cut up the hind quarter of a deer. Good luck and good eating.

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