Oh my sweet lord, Todd~ that is some fantastic looking venison pastrami!
Wow, no wonder your buds said it was the best they ever tasted- you can tell from here... Very nice pics and I really liked that rinsed-before-brined pic. Showed off the color really well and that mound o' meats looked perfect for some rub and smoke.
'Course, those finished pictures stoled the show. Very nicely done and that thin layer of bark at the end was just perfect! Too thick and it will take away from the meat's subtle flavor....you got it just right. Big time congratulations on your pastrami and well-earned points for such a feast!