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Yum! How to Cook Tender American Bison roast

Updated on June 19, 2017
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Penelope Bucket is a professional chef. Her experience includes managing busy ski resort restaurants to beautiful lake side dining.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 hours
Ready in: 5 hours 10 min
Yields: Serves 10 people 4 ounce sliced portions
American Bison
American Bison | Source

Utensils needed

1. Large stock pot cast iron if you have one with a lid

2. Sharp knife

3. Hot pad

4. Cutting board

5. Coffee pot


  • 5 pounds American Bison, Raw roast
  • 2 TBL spoons Rub of love pork seasoning, Ground
  • 2 TBL spoons Salt, Kosher
  • 2 TBL spoons Black pepper, Ground
  • 5 each Mint leaves, Fresh
  • 1 cup Huckelberries or blueberries, Fresh
  • 2-3 gallons Water
  • 5-6 cups Coffee, Brewed black

Camp kitchen

Good times and having fun
Good times and having fun | Source

How am I going to cook that?

Often food shows up at camp kitchen and you think, "well now how am I going to cook that?" In a camp with only camp stoves you have two choices, dig a pit or boil it. Well I usually do not feel like digging a pit so I go for the boiling method. Oh no, your going to boil a roast! Yes indeed I am.

American Bison is a very lean meat and if you do not cook it long enough or tenderize it in some fashion you will be chewing on it like shoe leather. Because American Bison is healthier for you and taste great I have learned ways to cook it just right.

So here is one way to get a tender great tasting bison roast.

Pork seasoning

Yes I know, heaven forbid I used a pork rub as a seasoning for beef stock. Well it was what I had in my traveling pinic basket of spices so I used it, turns out it was the right choice. So take a chance use what you have it just might be good.

My traveling pinic basket

Wish I could fit more, and wow I seem to be out of thyme
Wish I could fit more, and wow I seem to be out of thyme | Source


  1. Place a big stock pot on the stove
  2. Put the defrosted bison roast in the pot
  3. Cover with water
  4. Add your spices
  5. Add 2 cups of brewed black coffee
  6. Toss the berries in the pot
  7. Add the mint leaves
  8. Put the lid on and bring to a boil
  9. Keep the pot boiling for the complete time
  10. Add more water as needed to keep the roast covered
  11. Add a cup of brewed black coffee every hour
  12. At two hours cut down the middle of the roast to open it up cut halfway through the roast. Do this by removing from the pot, placing on a cutting board, completing the cutting then placing back into the pot.
  13. Continue boiling with lid
  14. After 4 to 5 hours turn off the stove and remove the lid
  15. Remove from the pot, place on cutting board and slice
  16. Strain your stock water and turn it into a gravy

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Why use coffee

Strong coffee works the best
Strong coffee works the best | Source

What the coffee does

Coffee happens to be a great meat tenderize so is beer a dark stout beer would be my choice. If you at are at camp and choosing to boil your bison roast it will get tender faster and add at very nice flavor as well. I had to use what we call cowboy coffee, using a big old enamel camp coffee pot, bring the water to a boil then toss in the grounds. Turn down the heat slightly after 5 minutes of med high boiling (if you do not turn it down it will boil over) the shock it with 1 cup cold water. This drops the grounds to the bottom of the pot. Then hopefully when you drink it you do not receive a mouthful of coffee grounds. A mesh strainer can be helpful but even then there are a few grounds in the coffee. How's that sound for a strong black coffee?

Not just for camp

This great recipe is not just for camp, cook at home as well, if you wish to oven roast do the same and place it in the oven on 300 for 4 to 5 hours. By the way this was the first dish at the end of camp pot luck to be emptied.

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5 stars from 2 ratings of American bison roast


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    • Penelope Bucket profile image

      Penelope Bucket 9 months ago from Seattle area

      Thanks Deborah. I hope you do try it out! Bison is delicious.

    • Deborah Minter profile image

      Deborah Minter 9 months ago from U.S, California

      This sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it.... Good points.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 20 months ago from England

      Well that's totally different! lol! but then again I am in England so there aren't a lot of Bisons wandering around! LOL! sounds really tasty, and I love the way you cooked it!