Take a venison leg roast, 4-5 lbs. Trim off all fat and membrane. Lard well, adding a bit of garlic here and there. (See below for an easy way to lard a roast.)
Rub the roast well with a mixture of:
1 Tbl. coarse ground black pepper
2 tsp. ground red chile pepper
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. sage
1 Tbl. vinegar.
Let roast sit a couple hours, then marinate in:
4 sliced onions
4-5 bay leaves
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp. whole black peppercorns
Small stick of cinnamon
1/2 gallon buttermilk
How to make it
Place in refrigerater for 2-3 days, turning occasionally.
Drain roast, discard marinade. Brown roast well in a bit of bacon grease in a dutch oven. Drain grease. Add a bottle of good beer or cider. Cover and bake slowly, 300-325 for an hour or two. Add a couple onions, carrots, a couple apples and a sweet potato or two. Add more beer, cider or water to maintain liquid level. Continue to roast until vegetables and roast are tender. Serve with a green salad and corn bread.
LARDING A ROAST
Venison is a "dry" meat, meaning it has very little natural fat in it. Often it is "larded" before cooking, by adding a bit of fat to make it more tender. Traditionally, this is done with a larding needle, and can be a hard and messy job. Here is a nice, quick trick. Take a couple thick, (3/16 in.), slices of salt pork, bacon, or other fat meat. Cut into pieces a couple inches long and 3/4 inch wide at one end, and pointed at the other end. Put the pieces on a heavy plate and put the plate in the freezer until the bacon is hard frozen. Make holes in the roast with a thin bladed knife. Aim the holes toward the center of the roast. Shove a frozen piece of bacon into each hole, just like a nail. Put in a nail of bacon every square inch or two, and stuff them in good. If you are quick, you can lard a roast like this in a couple minutes. When you are done with the bacon, if you like garlic, shove thick slices into some of the holes. When done, proceed with the marinating, or the browning of the meat.