Timber 2 Table - Backstrap, Caveman-Style Recipe

More than a neat trick, searing directly on coals is a fantastic way to cook meat.

Backstrap, Caveman-Style Recipe

10 Min

Prep Time

5 Min

Cook Time



More than a party trick, cooking a piece of meat Caveman Style, directly on the coals with no cooking grate or pan of any sort, is a surprisingly good method to prepare meat. The intense heat of the coals sears the surface of the meat quickly, keeping the center rare and juicy. The lack of seasoning allows the true flavor of the meat to shine through. If I am at home, I build the fire in my PK Grill. If we are at camp, I cook the meat on a bed of campfire coals.

The fast sear on the surface keeps the interior of the meat tender and juicy.


2 pounds of venison backstrap




sesame oil

Cooking Instructions

Not convinced? Try it some time. Start with a bed of coals from hardwood logs or lump charcoal. Charcoal briquettes don't get hot enough for this method of cooking and stay covered in fine ash. Light the fire and allow the coals to burn down to a nice bed of embers in either a charcoal grill or campfire ring.

It only takes a couple minutes per side to cook the meat on the glowing hot coals.

Immediately upon removing the backstrap from the coals, season it liberally with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. I like a drizzle of sesame or olive oil over the meat before slicing. Allow the backstrap to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.