My step-mom's recipe for a tasty venison roast. The apple does something magical! The gravy goes great with mashed potatoes.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
6 hrs
6 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Spread the olive oil on the inside of a slow cooker. Place the venison roast inside, and cover with apple, onions, and garlic. Turn to Low, and cook until the roast is tender, about 6 to 8 hours.

  • When the roast has cooked, remove it from the slow cooker, and place onto a serving platter. Discard the apple. Stir the water and bouillon into the slow cooker until the bouillon has dissolved. Serve this as a sauce with the roast.

Nutrition Facts

221 calories; protein 35.2g 70% DV; carbohydrates 5.9g 2% DV; fat 5.5g 8% DV; cholesterol 128.6mg 43% DV; sodium 120.1mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 3 stars
I thought the roast was extremely dry otherwise the flavor was great! Read More
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  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 4 stars
The apples are an essential key to removing any "gamey" taste the roast might have had. We made some alterations for a FANTASTIC pulled roast/stew recipe....First we rubbed salt pepper and crushed rosemary onto the roast. Placed it into slowcooker with additions (onions apple loads of extra garlic) and let sit covered for about 10hours on low. In the morning we added a 14oz can of beef broth 1/2 bottle of Bell's Porter beer and a few chopped carrots and let it simmer until dinner time. NExt time we'll add a few more veggies to make the most DELICIOUS stew ever! But as it was we thoroughly enjoyed it in a bowl served over some cheesy mashed potatoes with gravy (made from the stock). Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have made venison roasts in a crockpot several times before with different recipe variations but they always came out dry and tasting like they were cooked in a crockpot. My husband LOVED this version; the roast stays moist and the flavor was so good. I will definitely recommend this to all the other hunter's wives I know! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! I think the apples take away the gamey taste. I omitted the oil and used one cup of beef broth in lieu of the hot water and bullion cube. Simple yet very tasty I will make it again but I will probably salt and pepper to the roast before cooking. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was simple and perfect for our needs. Even tho I tought it smelled funny when I first opened the crockpot the meat was tender juicy and tasty. I used one McIntosh apple however next time I would use 2 of them - I love the apple bite and since they mush up there is no chunks or need to remove them. I served it along with roasted garlic mashed potato. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was super simple. I had a should roast with a small amount of fat on it decided to add fresh mushrooms so I removed the roast (which was browning nicely) and sauteed mushrooms right in the crock pot. I didn't even add bouillion just the water. I regret not taking a picture it was very appetizing to look at. Meat was tender and moist. I will definitely share this recipe with my son who gave me the venison. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a real keeper! I have never like venison before but this recipe changed that. It was just like having a beed roast. I did add all of the ingredients at once and put it on low and let it cook for about 8 hours. Thank you the apple were magical... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was excellent. My husband is a steak and baked potatoe type of guy when it comes to his venison. He LOVED this though. The longer it cooked the more tender it was at 6 hours it was still a little tough for my liking. At 8 it was perfect. The gravy was also fab over mashed potatoes! I rubbed the roast down with salt and pepper also before roasting. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is wonderful! I have made it several times and it always turns out delicious! It's sooo easy too! I usually add chunked carrots and they are a great addition! I also always make mashed potatos as a side. MMM! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
what change this is the best recipe for a deer roast yet. its so easy. First time i made it it cooled on low for 10 hours and still did not end dry. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I thought the roast was extremely dry otherwise the flavor was great! Read More