Smoked Venison Shotgun Shells

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20 Minutes

Smoke Time
2 Hours



  • 1/2 Lb Ground Venison
  • 1/2 Lb Ground Pork
  • 3 T Wild Game Hunters Blend
  • 12 Manicotti Shells
  • 6 Pieces of String Cheese
  • 12 Pieces Bacon- Thick Cut
  • 1/2 C Blue Ribbon Competition Style BBQ Sauce


With a full shot of flavor, these Bacon Wrapped Smoked Venison Shotgun Shells are the perfect way to change up your venison game. Ground venison is loaded into a pasta shell casing with cheese, then wrapped in bacon and glazed in BBQ Sauce. These are a bullseye for sure!

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Smoked Venison Shotgun Shells


  1. Preheat smoker to 225 degrees.
  2. Combine the ground venison and ground pork in a bowl with the Wild Game Hunter’s Blend and mix until well combined.
  3. Stuff sausage into one end of a manicotti shell, about 1/3 full.
  4. Cut all of the string cheese pieces in half.
  5. Stuff one piece of cheese into the opposite end of the shell, pushing it into the sausage slightly.
  6. Fill the remainder of the shell with more sausage. The cheese should be fully covered.
  7. Repeat the process with the remaining pasta shells.
  8. Wrap each stuffed shell with a piece of bacon, starting at one end of the shell and working around until you reach the other end in a spiral.
  9. Lightly season each shell with a little more Wild Game.
  10. Place the shells on a rack-lined sheet tray.
  11. Place on the smoker for 2 hours.
  12. Baste each shell with Blue Ribbon BBQ Sauce and return to the smoker for an additional 30 minutes or until the bacon has crisped. Tip: You can increase the temperature for the last 30 minutes up to 275 if you like crispier bacon.
  13. Serve immediately with more BBQ sauce for dipping. Enjoy!


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