The Best Ways to Cook Bison
Have you recently become aware of the amazing benefits of bison? Are you committed to finding quality source of bison in your area? If so, once you’ve found industry-grade bison you’ll also need to know how to prepare and cook the meat properly.
While bison doesn’t differ too significantly from beef in terms of cuts, bison should be a deeper red color before it is cooked. This is largely because bison doesn’t marble, which means producing internal streaks of fat, as beef does.
The marbling that occurs in beef slows the cooking process because these internal streaks of fat actually serve as insulators, and heat must penetrate this layer of insulation before the cooking process can start. Because bison does not marble like beef, it tends to cook more rapidly, so you should be careful not to overcook bison is this is your first time preparing it yourself.
If you’re on the lookout for creative, delicious way to prepare bison, we’ve put together a few marvelous suggestions for you here:
A six-inch cut of bison is usually preferable when you desire to prepare steaks. A great rub for your bison steak consists of garlic salt, light cooking oil of your choice, and lemon pepper. Depending on the thickness of your bison cut, as well as the degree to which you desire the meat to be cooked, the suggested cooking time will vary.
A cut that is just one-inch thick should only require 6-8 minutes before it’s considered rare. This same cut will need an additional 2-4 minutes to be considered medium. A good general rule to follow is to increase cooking time by 2-4 minutes for every additional ½-inch of thickness.
Bison burgers are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional ground beef burgers. Ground bison can vary greatly in leanness, so you should be sure to consult your meat market about the lean content of their bison products.
Using 92% lean ground bison, shape ground meat into ½-inch thick patties and grill on medium heat until pink has disappeared. A simple seasoning of salt and pepper and a creative addition of your favorite condiments will be all you need to enjoy your first homemade bison burger!
If you want to add some veggies into the mix, bison is also a great substitute for beef when preparing kabobs. While many people select a variety of veggies such as zucchini, squash, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, or cherry tomatoes, the choice is ultimately up to you.
A quick, but delicious, marinade for your bison kabobs consists of ½-cup low sodium soy sauce, ½-cup vegetable oil, one-cup dry white wine, and 2 cloves of minced garlic. Bison sirloin is the perfect cut to use for your kabobs, as it is fairly easy to cut into 1-1/2 inch cubes. For best results, allow your marinade to refrigerate for 8-24 hours and then prepare just as you would your traditional beef skewers.
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