Home Done Bison/Buffalo

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mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
2013/09/07 09:16:12
I posted this report on the hunting/gun thread in another forum, but decided to share it here also.  We are enjoying a sample of various cuts of Bison/Buffalo before committing the expense of a winter Buffalo hunt later this year.  We bought a sample package... One 4 lb Sirloin Roast- did not 'dry-roast well, but as a pot roast it did fine. Two 12 oz Ribeye and two 12 qz Strip Steaks, both grilled to perfection and tasted like rich Prime Beef. 2 Lbs of cubed Stew meat (Chuck) waiting for cooler weather to become a thick stew.    AND the top of the cuts, A 4 lb Tenderloin.  Here we cut half of it for pan-fried Steaks that were simply out-standing in flavor and tenderness.  (**  Note- we have enjoyed ground Buffalo in Burgers and Chili several times over the years, so we did not buy any Ground meat for this 'new to us' sample.)
 
OK As promised we did a sample Bison Loin sliced into steaks and pan-fried with Bacon drippings, then served with Baked Potato and a few buttered Brussell Sprouts sauted in the pan drippings.
In sequence.
The second half of the Tenderloin.

Slicing 1.25 inch thick .

ready to 'fry'

In the pan

On the plate

Checking doneness...just right for me.
 
We realize that this cut it the 'top' of the possible cuts from the animal, but it was beyond description in it's flavor and tenderness, even with the rather simple cooking techniques. BTW there was enough in the 4 lb cut for two dinners for two people like this and one lunch with a steak sandwich for each of us.
   Now to pick a winter weekend for a Buffalo Hunt.
post edited by mayor al - 2013/09/07 09:22:18
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/09/07 10:02:25
Looks wonderful Al!  Geeze, between the hogs and the bison, you can kiss Costco goodbye!!  Well, you could go there to get an extra freezer........
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/09/07 10:53:04
Costco will always been "on My List" !  We just wanted to share the comments on what we have discovered about good Buffalo cuts. The tenderness and flavor of the steaks and the loin, and to a lessor extent, the Sirloin roast are really amazing.  We are trying to orgamize our 'butchering' priorities to make the best use of the critter we are going after.
 
I keep watching this forum for places that serve  Buffalo, to see what they use and how they do it.
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/09/07 12:18:28
I love Bison in any form I can find it. I find it the best tasting meat on the hoof I've ever had. The second best to me is Elk.
In Dallas, we have one small local hamburger joint (Liberty Burger) that serves the most delicious Bison burger I've ever had. I try to eat it at least once a week when possible.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/09/07 14:56:29
Al - Those steaks look fantastic hell the whole plate does, except for the green things.  You are using my plates!!
 
I will try and remember the place west on US 50 out past Bedford that has buffalo always on the menu (there is a buffalo farm nearby) they serve steaks, ground into burger, stew, and a wonderful and pricey Prime Rib of Buffalo.
 
I have to do some sluething to find the place in my notebooks
scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/22 22:25:37
 Vietnamese Bison meatloaf:
Ingredients
2 lbs bison, ground
¼ c. fish sauce, Red Boat brand
2 T. Soy Sauce, Bourbon Barrel Brands is very fine
4 bunches onions, green, minced
1 T. pepper, white
8 each Jalapenos, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 each eggs
1 Six ounce bag pork skins, crushed
1/3 c. Sriracha sauce
Method
* In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except crushed pork skins
* mix lightly
* sprinkle ¾ powdered pork skins over meat mixture, reserve ¼
* combine with meat
* turn meat mixture out into greased loaf pan, form loaf
* paint top of loaf with Sriracha sauce
* garnish with reserved pork skins
* roast at 300 degrees for 40 minutes
hatteras04
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/22 22:46:42
CajunKing

Al - Those steaks look fantastic hell the whole plate does, except for the green things.  You are using my plates!!

I will try and remember the place west on US 50 out past Bedford that has buffalo always on the menu (there is a buffalo farm nearby) they serve steaks, ground into burger, stew, and a wonderful and pricey Prime Rib of Buffalo.

I have to do some sluething to find the place in my notebooks


I'm eager to hear what this place is. My parents live near Bedford and I would love to go there the next time I go see them.
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/23 09:48:53
scrumptiouschef

 Vietnamese Bison meatloaf:
Ingredients
2 lbs bison, ground
¼ c. fish sauce, Red Boat brand
2 T. Soy Sauce, Bourbon Barrel Brands is very fine
4 bunches onions, green, minced
1 T. pepper, white
8 each Jalapenos, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 each eggs
1 Six ounce bag pork skins, crushed
1/3 c. Sriracha sauce
Method
* In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except crushed pork skins
* mix lightly
* sprinkle ¾ powdered pork skins over meat mixture, reserve ¼
* combine with meat
* turn meat mixture out into greased loaf pan, form loaf
* paint top of loaf with Sriracha sauce
* garnish with reserved pork skins
* roast at 300 degrees for 40 minutes
I love the sound of this, and obviously it wouldn't HAVE to be bison. The pork skins are a novel addition. I think I would add just a touch of grated fresh ginger root. Thanks for sharing what sounds to be a great recipe! PS...by weird coincidence I just saw a Andrew Zimmern segment about the making of Bourbon Barrel soy sauce in Kentucky. That stuff looks great, now I just have to find it around here. Blue Grass Soy Sauce is the brand maker as you know.

post edited by Pancho - 2013/12/23 16:30:55
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/23 10:31:11
Further to my above (Bison burger) comments, Bison is actually heart heathy to eat. Naturally high in Omega 3, It's 100% grass fed and totally free of antibiotics.
It's one of the only meats Americans ever ate before cattle became more popular about 150 years ago after the Bison were almost brought to extinction.
Thanks for your report, Al. I sure wish I was at your dining room table eating some of that beautiful Bison tenderloin. 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/23 11:20:36
I just made stuffed cabbage using bison Saturday. I enjoy grilling bison sreaks----tasty but tough to not dry them out. I wish bison were more common, it's good eating.
post edited by EdSails - 2013/12/23 17:48:44
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/23 17:26:38
hatteras04

CajunKing

Al - Those steaks look fantastic hell the whole plate does, except for the green things.  You are using my plates!!

I will try and remember the place west on US 50 out past Bedford that has buffalo always on the menu (there is a buffalo farm nearby) they serve steaks, ground into burger, stew, and a wonderful and pricey Prime Rib of Buffalo.

I have to do some sluething to find the place in my notebooks


I'm eager to hear what this place is. My parents live near Bedford and I would love to go there the next time I go see them.

 
Hatteras -
 
I have not found it on the web, I fear it has gone bye bye.  It was just a hole in the wall cinder block building, on the right side of US 50.
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/23 20:31:57
here's our local bison ranch-
 100% Grass Fed Organic Pastured Buffalo
wonderful stuff
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/23 20:54:07
1bbqboy

here's our local bison ranch-
100% Grass Fed Organic Pastured Buffalo
wonderful stuff

 

Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/27 15:29:15
scrumptiouschef

 Vietnamese Bison meatloaf:
Ingredients
2 lbs bison, ground
¼ c. fish sauce, Red Boat brand
2 T. Soy Sauce, Bourbon Barrel Brands is very fine
4 bunches onions, green, minced
1 T. pepper, white
8 each Jalapenos, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 each eggs
1 Six ounce bag pork skins, crushed
1/3 c. Sriracha sauce
Method
* In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except crushed pork skins
* mix lightly
* sprinkle ¾ powdered pork skins over meat mixture, reserve ¼
* combine with meat
* turn meat mixture out into greased loaf pan, form loaf
* paint top of loaf with Sriracha sauce
* garnish with reserved pork skins
* roast at 300 degrees for 40 minutes
I'm making this tomorrow....as I said, I'm adding some grated fresh ginger root and also chopping up some Kimchi in place of a few less green onions. Thanks for the recipe, scrumptiouschef!

Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/28 10:52:55
I made the Vietnamese meatloaf! It was superb. I used equal thirds...lean beef, veal, and pork. I also cut back the Jalapenos to four and it was plenty spicy. I love all those Asian flavors anyway and this was really a distinctive, flavorful loaf. I also added the grated ginger and Kimchi. I also found Blue Grass soy sauce (Bourbon Barrel Brands) from Louisville at Whole Paycheck. Now for a left over sandwich....I'm going for a Bahn Mi style as I have some leftover pate'.
scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/28 11:28:28
Glad to hear it Pancho. I've got a recipe for Vietnamese collards too if you're inclined.
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/28 11:53:10
scrumptiouschef

Glad to hear it Pancho. I've got a recipe for Vietnamese collards too if you're inclined.
Heck, yes! Collards are by far my favorite vegetable. I've only ever made them the "southern way"....pork hocks, chopped Vidalia, cooked in chicken stock like forever. Thanks...keep those recipes coming. What do you think of my ginger/kimchi addition to your meatloaf? Thanks for tip on Bourbon Barrel stuff.

post edited by Pancho - 2013/12/28 11:54:33
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/28 13:22:21
Here is the web site where we ordered the samples of buffalo that we tried before I committed to a hunting trip. The prices are not cheap, but after searching a dozens sites, this one is about typical. We have used it twice and found them to be honest and  very customer oriented.
 
http://www.buffalogal.com/Default.aspx
 
I am looking forward to our January Bison Hunt. We anticipate bringing home between 700 and 900 lbs of useable meat, plus the hide and skull. No Taxidermy planned, but we will make a skull trophy and experiment at tanning the hide.
scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/30 19:13:22
Pancho

scrumptiouschef

Glad to hear it Pancho. I've got a recipe for Vietnamese collards too if you're inclined.
Heck, yes! Collards are by far my favorite vegetable. I've only ever made them the "southern way"....pork hocks, chopped Vidalia, cooked in chicken stock like forever. Thanks...keep those recipes coming. What do you think of my ginger/kimchi addition to your meatloaf? Thanks for tip on Bourbon Barrel stuff.

Ginger and kimchi make everything better so I'm certain that was a good addition. Here's how I make my Vietnamese Collards
 
2 bunches Greens, Collards, chiffonade
2 bunches Onions, Green, chopped
1 T. Red pepper flakes
3 T. Fish Sauce, Red Boat's a good brand
1 T. Soy Sauce, Bluegrass Soy Sauce is the best of the lot
fat
method
* Get big cast-iron pan blazing hot with fat (I like peanut oil)
* Add green onions, cook til nicely charred
* Add collards and red pepper flakes
* Saute for 5 minutes
* Add both sauces and quickly put lid on pan
* Steam for 1 minute
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/30 20:03:02
I bought a beautiful (frozen) Bear Mountain free range, 100% grass fed Bison NY strip steak at Sprout's Market today. Can't wait to thaw it in the fridge and eat it shortly after the new year. Not cheap, though. $12.95 for a 6oz. (143 calories) steak. Mmm, my mouth is watering just at the thought of enjoying it.
http://bearmountainbison.com/
 
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Home Done Bison/Buffalo 2013/12/31 02:40:34
Twin,
Report back with a taste-test, please.