Get your Disco on with Venison Spaghetti!

Need to cook for a large crowd or simply love to cook outside at camp or at home?  Then get your disco on!  A fun piece of outdoor cooking equipment is a plow disc cooker, also known as a “cowboy wok”, “disco” or “discada”,  This type of cooking became popular in the southwest region of North America and was literally made from agriculture plow discs.  It requires a propane burner and a “disco” which cooks similarly to cast iron and can cook up delicious one-dish meals.  The following venison spaghetti recipe is made start to finish in the disco with no need to boil the pasta separately.  Thanks to our friend Frank from New Mexico, a 4-H Shooting Sports National Hunting instructor and  cowboy, for sharing this technique and recipe!

Disco (Plow Disk) Cowboy Spaghetti


  • 3 lbs. ground venison
  • 2 (24 oz.) jars tomato pasta sauce
  • 2 qt. Water water (maybe more)
  • 2 lb. pasta, spaghetti
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese


  1. Heat disco/discada on propane burner to medium high heat. If you do not have a disco, you can use a heavy duty wok of large cast iron skillet and adjust the flame to the pan to achieve medium high heat.  You may want to season the pan with a bit of bacon or lard and wipe down with paper towel before proceeding to next step.
  2. Brown the ground venison, stirring with a long metal spoon or spatula to evenly brown.
  3. Add 2 jars of your favorite tomato pasta sauce and 2 jars of potable water.
  4. Stir and bring up to a simmer/low boil
  5. Break pasta into smaller lengths and add to the disco. Stir to cover the pasta in liquid.
  6. Stir and simmer until the pasta is cooked through. You may need to add a bit more water.
  7. Serve with some sprinkled Parmesan cheese.

* Frank also added a small homemade jar of his own New Mexico pepper sauce.  If you like some spice, add a bit of pepper sauce or add some red pepper flakes.

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