Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

This stew is full of hearty ingredients and is the perfect comfort food when it's cold out. Not big on venison? Substitute elk or beef stew meat.

How to Make It

Step 1

Layer first 14 ingredients in an electric slow cooker.

Step 2

Combine flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a shallow dish; dredge venison in flour mixture. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add venison. Cook 4 minutes or until browned on all sides, turning frequently. Add venison to slow cooker. Pour beer and broth over venison. Cover and cook on low 7 1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Discard bay leaf.

Step 3

Stew can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months; add a little more water or beer when reheating.

Ratings & Reviews

sukeedog's Review

October 11, 2014

sedutta's Review

November 11, 2009
This was a great winter stew. We made this with lamb instead of venison. I love using the slow cooker and the prep for this was very easy. Next time I would add more thyme and rosemary, but other than that, I wouldn't change a thing. Ate this with a crusty baguette and I'm looking forward to the leftovers for lunch today.

eliande's Review

January 19, 2013

Angela145's Review

March 26, 2013
Very yummy and great flavor! I didn't have the ale, so like another reviewer, I used Miller Lite. Turned out just fine.

rbbaker's Review

April 14, 2012
This recipe is so good, it helped me turn my family on to venison. The "Layer first 14 ingredients" line always draws a chuckle, but the result is seriously good food. At home we typically serve this stew alongside polenta topped with sweet basil and parmesan. It does freeze well in small freezer bags (extract any air with a straw), and so is a perfect ready-to-go meal for hunting trips, where my buddies rave about it.

sjacobs01's Review

November 08, 2010
I made this recipe last year (09) and have been dying to make it again. I had to use Bud light since that was all I still tasted great! The beer adds a nice flavor to it. I threw pretty much whatever I had on hand in the crock pot with it and tasted as I went. Love it. My husband is already demanding it and our buddy is bringing back some venison it's already on the menu! I never would have really thought about the beer...but it will definetly be in the recipe this time as well! A good standby recipe for when you have some venison on hand. This too will stay in the queue

bschwarz's Review

September 19, 2011

Lizzy824's Review

November 29, 2010
This recipe was AMAZING! I added a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and a can of diced tomatoes. I also served it with french bread. For once, there were no left overs in sight!!!!!

ChereF's Review

September 21, 2011
Lovely stew. Easy to make. Good taste. Family ate it up.


July 29, 2015
My only issue is that it takes over an hour to prep, but after that it's all done.  Someday I hope scientists invent a more convenient form of thyme - one where the leaves magically fall off their stems.  Typically frustrations about prepping fresh thyme aside, this was delicious - a perfect, hearty stew that fills the house with hearty smells of, well, stew :)