Ok You’ve hunted hard and your deer is hanging!!! Now comes the best part of the whole tradition…eating Bambi!! There is nothing better than eating backstraps!!!! Accept backstraps with bacon………

Recipe #1

Backstraps ala Bacon:


2 pounds venison backstrap
1 quart apple cider
1 1/2 pounds thick sliced bacon
2 (12 ounce) bottles barbecue sauce, your choice


1. Place venison into a shallow baking dish, and pour enough apple cider in to cover it. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove, and pat dry. Discard apple cider, and return venison to the dish. Pour barbeque sauce over the venison, cover, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 more hours.

2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Remove meat from the refrigerator, and let stand for 30 minutes, or until no longer chilled. Wrap venison with bacon, and secure with toothpicks.

3. Brush the grill grate with olive oil when hot, and place venison on the grill. The bacon will kick up some flames, so be ready. Grill, turning occasionally, until the bacon becomes slightly burnt, 15 to 20 minutes.


Serve with Rice or potatoes…… or go all out at camp and go Augratin!! In my camp we love to slice potatoes thin and put ’em in foil packets and through ’em on the fire or on the grill. Just be sure to add some salt and butter to each foil pack and check often!! You can even cook Augratin in a dutch oven!!

Good Hunting ….and good eats!!

– Brent