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Yum! How to Cook Tender American Bison roast
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
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.
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
- Place a big stock pot on the stove
- Put the defrosted bison roast in the pot
- Cover with water
- Add your spices
- Add 2 cups of brewed black coffee
- Toss the berries in the pot
- Add the mint leaves
- Put the lid on and bring to a boil
- Keep the pot boiling for the complete time
- Add more water as needed to keep the roast covered
- Add a cup of brewed black coffee every hour
- 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.
- Continue boiling with lid
- After 4 to 5 hours turn off the stove and remove the lid
- Remove from the pot, place on cutting board and slice
- Strain your stock water and turn it into a gravy
Nutritional comparison chart
Bison or beef
Have you tried American Bison?
Why use coffee
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.