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For outdoor gourmets: Fire-smoked reindeer loin

  • Kieran Creevy
  • October 25, 2022
Credits cover image: Lisa Paarvio

This will make any camping fan's mouth water: Reindeer tenderloin smoked over the fire wrapped in a raspberry and pepper crust takes your camping meal to a new level! Alternatively, of course, you can use any other lean game meat. Our camping recipe is presented by outdoor chef Kieran Creevy.

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Perfectly smoked: pink outside, juicy inside
Image credit: Lisa Paarvio / Lisa Paarvio

Ingredients for 2 people

  • 150 g fresh reindeer loin (or replace with another lean game meat)

For the crust

  • 1 heaped teaspoon each of freeze-dried raspberry powder (available in many online stores)
  • sea salt flakes
  • ground black pepper


Space and permission for a safe outdoor fire.
Suitable wood for hot smoking (e.g. apple, cherry, birch, maple, beech, oak, hickory).

By the way

If you want to know more about how to make, use and cook with a fire in the great outdoors, get advice from experts.

Finally comes the crust on the meat
Image credit: Lisa Paarvio / Lisa Paarvio


  1. Mix raspberry powder, sea salt flakes and pepper in a leak-proof container.
  2. Smoke the reindeer loin over the fire for 1-2 minutes per side (depending on the heat of the fire and distance from the flames).
  3. Remove from fire, place in a bowl or other tight container and cover well with crust mixture.
  4. Cut each piece of meat into two slices.
  5. Serve with fresh rye bread, pickles and sharp cheese. A grilled sweet potato is also a perfect accompaniment.

Image Credits: All images by Lisa Paarvio. Find more on Instagram at. @lisapaarviophotography.

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