_by David Draper
Congratulations to Dan S. and his incredibly delicious looking photo of top-round venison steaks with chimichurri. In a battle of deer steaks, he bested Robert Millage’s bacon-wrapped venison and wins last week’s Food Fight.

Bacon-Wrapped Venison Backstrap with Duck Sausage



Pan-Seared Venison Backstrap with Pumpkin and Prunes**


This week, Wild Chef reader Greg Sheperd throws down the oven mitt, challenging me with some deer steaks of his own. Here’s the description in his words:

“The picture is of two butterflied venison backstraps, marinated in olive oil, black pepper, salt, garlic, and rosemary. They were then bacon wrapped around the outside like a filet mignon then grilled over charcoal. The Sausage is a duck jalepeno/jack cheese sausage. Served with steamed then sauteed green beans.”

Frankly, I don’t think I stand a chance, particularly since he raised the bar with the duck sausage, and of course the Wild Chef reader trump card, bacon. I’ll do my best however, with this picture of a venison backstrap pan-seared and served with pumpkin and prunes. The fall flavors in this dish should at least get all you bowhunters out there thinking about the upcoming season, which is just around the corner for some of us.

So, cast your vote for your favorite. And, if you think you have what it takes to win a Food Fight, send your pictures to