I don’t know what’s it like where you live, but it’s finally starting to feel like fall around here. The frosty mornings and shorter days call for comfort food–like this week’s Food Fight entries. It doesn’t get more comfortable than a hot bowl of chili, submitted by SMC1986. If your fall calls for tailgate parties, take a look at frequent Food Fighter Levi Banks’s unique take on venison bratwurst. Pretty sure I’ll be voting twice this week.

Levi Banks’s Smoked Bratwurst


I made some smoked bratwurst from deer and since they were basically cooked when they went into freezer bags I figured they only needed to be warmed up a bit. I had some bread dough so I thought about pigs in a blanket. I rolled them up in squares of the dough with a few slices of onion and baked them in the oven until they looked done.

SMC1986’s Chili


With all the rain last week here in the northeast I whipped up a pot of venison chili. I haven’t set foot in a treestand yet this year because the fishing is still good, but with the colder weather, I’m starting to get the itch. This was made with a cubed roast from one of my deer last season. I added pinto and red kidney beans and some special seasonings, then three hours in the Dutch oven simmering. Perfect meal for a cold rainy day.

If you’re cooking up some comfort food or finding new ways to use up fall’s bounty of fish and game, snap a photo and email it and a short description to