Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwich

Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwich
Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwich

Do you like BBQ pork sandwiches? I’m guessing your mouth watered from reading that question. I know mine did. Have you ever had BBQ deer sandwiches? Most people haven’t so don’t feel bad.

If I know my readers, and I do, your mouth is still watering. Am I right? Yep, I thought so. Now that I have your mouth watering, you have got to try my Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwich recipe. I promise you’ll love it!

Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwich

Prep Time: 5 MinutesYield: 12 BBQ Sandwiches
Cook Time: 5 Hours and 15 MinutesServing Size: 1 Sandwich
Total Time: 5 hours and 20 MinutesCalories Per Serving: 380


  • 3 lbs of deer cubes/stew meat (shoulder or ham are best)
  • 1 tsp. of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cups of ketchup
  • 6 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 Tbsp. of brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. of prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground black pepper
  • 4 tsp. of cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. of water
  • 12 pk of Sara Lee white hamburger buns


  1. First, put one tsp. of olive oil in a crock-pot and rub it around so that it coats the entire inside of the pot. Then add deer cubes to the pot. Note: Deer cubes are quarter-sized (give or take a little) cubes of deer meat that most of the time I have taken from a deer shoulder or ham. You can use any part of the deer that you want, but I like to save the backstraps and tenderloins for other recipes.
  2. Do NOT add water to the meat! The meat will produce its own liquid.
  3. Next, turn your crock-pot to high and let it cook until it’s done, which should be about 5 hours.
  4. While you are waiting for the deer meat to get done, go ahead and start the homemade BBQ sauce.
  5. In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar, ketchup, yellow mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper and set it aside.
  6. In a large skillet add the butter and onion. Cook over medium heat, stirring often until the onion is softened. This usually takes about 5 minutes.
  7. Now add the ingredients from the bowl you mixed up earlier to the onion and butter and heat thoroughly.
  8. While it’s heating, mix cornstarch, and water together in a small bowl and then add it to the sauce. Let it cook until it is the desired thickness–maybe 4-5 minutes. Set the BBQ sauce in the fridge until ready for use.
  9. Once the deer cubes are done, drain the liquid from it. I do this by taking a slotted spoon and removing the meat from the liquid and placing it in a casserole dish. Then I grab the pot with potholders and pour the liquid into another bowl.
  10. While the deer cubes are in the casserole dish, break the meat up into small chunks. This will be easy to do because the meat will be very tender. You can do this with a fork, tongs, or whatever you choose. Keep in mind that it will be hot so be careful and don’t get burned.
  11. Place the shredded deer meat back into the crock-pot on high heat and pour the BBQ sauce over the meat and fold it in gently.
  12. Let the shredded deer meat and BBQ sauce cook for about 15 minutes.
  13. Turn the crock-pot off and put about 7 Tbsp. of BBQ deer meat on a bun, top it with coleslaw, and enjoy a Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwich!

Tip: Do not pour all of the BBQ sauce in at once. Try half of the sauce and then add little by little until you have the right amount of saturation. You don’t want too much sauce because it will soak your bread and you don’t want too little because it will not have enough flavor. You might also want to try toasting your buns for a little extra crunch.

This goes great with a handful of chips or just like it is. It’s even better the next day. It holds up well if you decide to freeze your leftovers, too. Just be sure to use a FoodSaver® or a good quality freezer bag.

Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwiches are great for family get-togethers, parties, or celebrations! Check out our other great sandwiches by browsing the “On a Bun” category.

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The good, the bad, and the delicious…

  • The Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwich is low in calories and high in protein and calcium.
  • It might be too high in fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar.

See tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.

The nutritional facts below for our Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwich include only the venison BBQ and the bun–NOT the coleslaw as seen in the picture. This recipe makes about 12 BBQ sandwiches with 7 Tbsp. of BBQ meat per sandwich.

Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwich Nutrition Facts

Yields: 12 SandwichesServing Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories 380Calories from fat: 31%
 % Daily Value*
 Total Fat 13 g19%
 Saturated Fat 6 g32%
 Monounsaturated Fat 3 g 
 Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g 
 Trans Fat 0 g 
 Cholesterol 147 mg49%
 Sodium 538 mg22%
 Potassium 455 mg13%
 Total Carbohydrates 34 g11%
 Dietary Fiber 2 g9%
 Sugars 12 g 
 Protein 32 g65%
Vitamin A 5%Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 20%Iron 14%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc

To make this recipe more diet-friendly…

Anything you do to this recipe will alter the delicious tastes, but if you insist here are some tips.

  • To help lower the cholesterol you could eat less of the meat. Venison is healthy because it is all natural, however, if you struggle with your cholesterol you might want to cut back a little on the meat.
  • To help lower cholesterol, fat, and sodium omit the butter used to make the BBQ sauce and use a butter alternative instead.
  • To further lower the sodium use low sodium Worcestershire sauce and mustard, and omit any added salt in the recipe.
  • To help lower the sugar, you can use a brown sugar alternative such as Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. You could also use less sauce on your sandwich–Reserve a portion of the meat and the BBQ sauce to the side. Make your sandwich and drizzle about 1 tsp. of sauce over it.
  • Whatever changes you make to your Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwiches, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at

Bon Appétit

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9 thoughts on “Bambi Crock-Pot BBQ Sandwich”

  1. Looking at the picture makes my mouth water. This is the best BBQ I have ever had. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. Pingback: Venison Baked Beans | Deer Recipes

  3. Questions:
    1. What do you do with the liquid you drain off to another bowl (step #10)?
    2. In a pinch can you simply add a good store bought BBQ sauce?

    Looks great–making tomorrow for dinner. Thank you for sharing! I pinned it.

    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy! You can use the liquid (broth) for other recipes, such as for when you make a stew, soup, gravy or rice and yes, you can use whatever type of BBQ sauce you have on hand. Some of my favorites are Sweet Baby Ray’s and Stubbs but you can use whatever you like.

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