Grilled Cajun Venison Bites

Food photography from user “gammy in tx”; recipe from from

These bite-size morsels make a great appetizer or a meal on their own. Serve on toothpicks or as kabobs.

Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cook time: 15 minutes. Serves 6-8.


1 lb. venison (backstrap or tenderloin)
1 lb. bacon
16 oz. Italian dressing
1-2 Tbsp. Tony Chachere’s Seasoning (or similar)

Cut the venison into bite-size pieces. Cut bacon into 3- to 4-inch pieces (if using wide bacon, cut strips in half, lengthwise, before cutting down to size). Wrap each piece of venison with a strip of bacon, using a toothpick to hold the bacon in place.

Place wrapped venison in a plastic bag and cover with Italian dressing. Marinate overnight.

Remove meat from the plastic bag and sprinkle with seasoning. Grill over an open flame until bacon is crisp, turning often. (Tip: Use a fish basket or wooden skewer to turn all the venison bites at the same time.) Cook 15 minutes, or until venison is cooked through.


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wild duck slider recipe

Recipe and food photography from 

It’s easy to get in a roast duck rut. Try something new with these little burgers featuring ground duck.

Cook time: 5-7 minutes. Serves 8.


1 lb. ground duck
1-2 tsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
8 slider buns or potato dinner rolls
8 slices of your favorite cheese
pickled onions or sliced sweet pickles
mustard, ketchup, or barbecue sauce

Hint: You can prepare ground duck by adding pork fat. For every 3 ½ to 4 pounds of duck breasts, add 1 pound pork fat (ask at your supermarket meat counter).

Sprinkle chili powder and salt over ground duck and mix well with clean hands. Form the meat into patties the size of slider buns. Make a small indentation the size of a quarter in the center of each patty.

Fry or grill duck burgers on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes for medium doneness. Toast buns and slightly melt cheese, then build your burger with your favorite condiments. Enjoy!