I made this with ground beef, but I chose this recipe because it was the only Old Settler's Style baked bean recipe I could find that did not call for bottled BBQ sauce. I didn't want it too sweet, so I cut the amount of ketchup in half and only used 1/2c. It was excellent! As an individual who cooks with a lot of game meats, I'm totally comfortable saying this would have been just as good using venison.
I used venison steaks cut up small instead of ground venison since that is what I had on hand. I also didn't have any great northern beans so I just used 2 cans of pork and beans. The flavor was great!
I've had this exact recipe for 20+ years! I have made a few tweaks over the years, but it's always a hit. First, instead of ketchup I use chili sauce - it has more zing. I also use pretty much a full pack of bacon and 1 tsp. of stone ground mustard. I also sometimes add mushrooms. I do not cook mine in the oven, I just throw it all in the crockpot!