For years, wild game meats have been a part of restaurant menus, as chefs have perfected their culinary skills on these savory, low fat meats. Now, as these meats are becoming more available to the general public, there's been increased interest in how to prepare various cuts, including bison, elk, ostrich, alligator, rattlesnake, and more.
If you're at all suspicious about trying wild game, do not be. The market for these lean, easy to prepare meats is exploding as more and more people experience how good they taste. They're actually more simpler to prepare than traditional meat and in fact, need to be cooked less due to their low fat content.
Several dozen varieties of wild game meat are now available, usually via specialty internet providers. Here are just a few examples to consider: ostrich, buffalo, elk, caribou, alligator, and elk. Or, you can try snapping turtle, kangaroo, or llama.
What Type Of Cuts Are Available?
Most of the above examples are available in a variety of cuts. You can typically buy these meats as burgers, steaks, and roasts. Also, wild game sausage is a lean, tasty delicacy and generally available from specialty internet providers. Many can also be purchased as ribs or racks.
What's The Best Way To Cook?
Wild game meats are just like any red or white meat. If you like marinating meats before cooking, feel free. The only limit is your creativity. Use the exact same marinades as any traditional meats.
As for the actual cooking process, the major factor is not overcooking. Red meats like buffalo, elk, ostrich and kangaroo are extremely lean. Therefore, just like any very lean meat, they are best prepared to medium rare, cooked through. Our personal observation is the main reason why people do not like wild game meats is because they're overcooked. These meats can be grilled, roasted, pan seared … the exact same way you're cook other red meats.
Recipes for traditional meats are easily replaced with any wild game. We've prepared various chili, stew, burgers, and roasts with wild game meats. Want to get a little creative? Try rattlesnake chili, or alligator jambalaya. Or, try ostrich medallions and elk skewers. As you may imagine, the possibilities are indeed endless!