Arby's tests elk sandwiches and adds venison nationwide

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Bison, boar and ostrich burgers have all found their way onto restaurant menus.

And yet, when it comes game meat, Arby's is about to embark on a restaurant chain first, bringing a venison sandwich to every single Arby's outlet across America.

Heck, you can walk into most locations of Bareburger and find things like elk, lamb, and duck patties all under one roof. And if you have never tried venison, color me highly skeptical that a fast-food sandwich is the best way to introduce you to the meat.

But history books would likely put an asterisk by that claim as the limited-time offer was only available at 17 of the Atlanta-based chain's more than 3,200 units - all in areas with avid deer hunters - and only 500 sandwiches were available at each location, which the chain reported sold out in minutes.

The venison sandwiched, tried in a limited release a year ago, will be available in all 3,300 stores across the nation, while the elk will be available in three restaurants in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

Jim Taylor, Arby's chief marketing officer, told USA Today it was the "biggest venison promotion in the world any restaurant" has ever done.

Similarly, Arby's introduced a Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich in late April, available through May. "They are expected to go quickly", the chain adds.

In other good news that's sure to spruce up any deer camp, Arby's has announced it will continue the success it had with venison sandwiches a year ago, and they're even taking it up a notch this hunting season.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves: What's the Venison Sandwich all about?

Arby's venison sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak and crispy onions with a berry sauce on a toasted roll, according to the company. The venison is marinated in garlic, salt and pepper and then sous-vide for three hours to juicy, tender perfection.

Sound tasty? There are 173 Arby's locations in mi.