Timber 2 Table - Venison Suya Recipe

This West African street food tradition is perfect for grilled venison.

Venison Suya Recipe

15 Min

Prep Time

10 Min

Cook Time





The best way to learn about a country's culture is to sample its street food. In West Africa, particularly around Cameroon and Nigeria, that street food would probably be Suya. Suya is African for skewered meat, and that is exactly what it is. Normally beef, the thin strips of meat are coated with a peanut and spice blend, then grilled for a few minutes per side until cooked through.

Traditional suya is grilled over hot coals.


2 pounds of venison, cut into approximately 1 inch, by ½ inch thick, by 5 inch strips

1 cup roasted peanuts

2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon white pepper

2 tablespoons Chicken Bouillon

2 tablespoons of peanut oil

1 tablespoon Salt

Skewers, soaked wood or metal

Cooking Instructions

In a food processor, blend peanuts and remaining ingredients until they form a crumbly paste. Spread paste on a flat plate or pan.

Chopped peanuts, spices, and chicken bullion make up the suya style rub.

Once your grill is hot, grill skewers 3 to 4 minutes per side until the meat is just cooked through. Don't overcook.

Serve with sliced cabbage, thinly sliced onions, and even tomatoes, and peppers if you like. Garnish with lime wedges to squeeze over just before eating.