Cooking Buffalo Steaks for the Best Flavour
Keep reading below to learn the different ways you can cook the various cuts of bison steak. The main thing to keep in mind in all cases is that you must not overcook the meat. Our bison meat is lean and tasty, and is best enjoyed cooked medium rare or a little less. Even if you normally prefer your steak medium, go for medium-rare with your bison, and you will be amazed by the same wild and natural flavour that has been enjoyed for many thousands of years.
Bison Steak – Backyard BBQ & Stovetop Recipes
Steak – a traditional favourite for North Americans. Who can resist the wonderful smells of weekend BBQs wafting through the air. But today’s trend is towards health conscious food choices, and beef and pork with their high cholesterol content are off the menu for many.
Thankfully there is a healthy alternative, and it’s bison meat.
Bison (Buffalo) has much less cholesterol than beef while keeping the taste that red meat eaters love. That’s why bison is gaining in popularity. Within the past 10 years, it’s found its way into restaurants and increasingly enjoyed by home chefs. Northfork supplies bison meat online, and we have superb cuts of steak.
Northfork Bison’s Canadian bison contains no growth hormones and no antibiotics or steroids. There are no additives or fillers used. NO artificial ingredients of any kind ever.
This article will provide you with some recipe ideas for steaks and information on the correct temperatures to use when cooking and barbecuing.
Cooking Bison Steaks Indoors – How to prepare on the stove in a hot skillet.
Preparing bison steaks to fry is very easy. Before cooking remove the steaks from the fridge and let them sit for about an hour at room temperature. Just remember that they need less cooking time than beef because they are very lean. When frying up bison steak, watch the minutes. Better yet, use a timer. A rare to medium-rare cooked meat is delicious, succulent and juicy. A well done steak is not!
If you follow these easy directions you will have a perfect steak every time. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat for a few minutes, See the chart for exact time for each size and cut of meat. Once you have fried the meat for the allotted time. Remove to a plate and let it rest for a few minutes. The steak continues to cook during this time. It is important to let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Then…eat!
Follow the cooking times depending on your steaks thickness.
Preparing steak in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 500°F. Let them sit for about an hour at room temperature. After preparing the meat for cooking, put it in a roasting pan and roast the meat. Check the time chart for oven cooking. Browse through the many recipes on the Northfork Bison website. Cooking time is also affected by the amount of fat and connective tissue of the chosen cut of steak. Bone-in or bone-out is also a factor. Again, this is why bison needs less cooking time than a fattier cut of meat such as beef or pork.
Bison steaks taste best when grilled to rare or medium (still pink in the centre) so avoid overcooking. This meat is high in iron, giving it a great taste but over-cooking will make it taste like liver and you don’t want that.
The expert butchers at Northfork bison take great care to uniformly cut the meat, allowing the steak to cook more evenly.
Remove the steaks from the fridge one hour before barbecuing.
The best way to barbecue a bison steak is as simply as possible – sea salt and ground pepper with a spray of olive oil and voila you have a masterpiece. Even pepper is optional. For charcoal barbecuing, use briquettes arranging them on one side of the grill. There should be no direct charcoal heat coming from the other side of the BBQ. When the coals are covered in a grey ash, the steaks are ready for grilling.
For a gas grill: preheat one side of the gas barbecue on high heat for at least 15 minutes. It has to be hot 475° – 500°F. It’s easier to get the heat from a charcoal grill but many of us like the convenience of the gas grill. Brush the grill grate with oil. Once the steaks are cooked let them rest for 5 minutes. The steak continues to cook after it is removed from the heat so consider this when grilling for a rare steak.
TIP! Using a fork to turn the steaks punctures the meat, Use tongs or a spatula instead
The BEST bison steak cuts best for grilling include:
- NY Strips
- Rib Eyes
The Bison Strip Loin
A strip steak without the bone is called a “New York Strip Steak”. When a bone is left attached to the strip, it is either called a “Bone-in New York” or sometimes a “Kansas City Strip. Mostly the strip is known by its most popular name of New York Strip. But sometimes it’s simply called a Strip Steak. In Canada it is sometimes called a Strip Loin or Shell Steak. It is a tasty option to the rib eye steak which has significantly more fat content. The strip is prized for its fine texture and buttery flavour. It is moderately tender and has good fat marbling.
The Buffalo Rib Eye
This is a delicious cut of bison meat, Cut from the area next to the prime rib making it very tender and giving it a wonderful flavour. A great grilling favourite due to the marbling. The extra fat tends to melt off during cooking leaving just juicy meat behind.
Bison Filet Mignon
No prep needed for our thick premium succulent filets. Ultra tender, very lean. Just a bit of salt and pepper and grill! The tenderloin filet which is where the filet mignon comes from extends to the short loin. A tenderloin filet is a long tubular shape which is thicker on one end.
Great for grilling broiling or simmering in a stew, any way you make it you will be please every time. It’s boneless, low in cholesterol . Sure to please.
The Strip is harvested from the “short loin” section of a beef. The tenderloin section extends into the short loin. That’s why the T-bone cut has both a strip steak and a piece of tenderloin filet
The T-bone steak gets its name because it has a bone that is shaped like a “T”. On one side of the bone is a strip steak. On the other is a piece of tenderloin filet. Hence, the T-bone is really two steaks in one.
The Strip is harvested from the “short loin” section of a bison. The tenderloin section extends into the short loin. That’s why the T-bone cut has both a strip steak and a piece of tenderloin filet.
Porterhouse Steak – The King of the Bison T-Bones
There is just a small difference between a T-bone and a Porterhouse steak. They are both cut from the short loin section and therefore are superior cuts of meat. This cut comes from the rear end of the short loin and contains a larger portion of filet. While the T-bone is cut from the front end of the short loin which is the smaller filet.
A porterhouse must be at least 1 1/4 “ thick and the filet on the T-Bone must be 1.2” thick. Any filet over 11/4 “ thick is a porterhouse.
How to Order Northfork Bison Meat Online
Northfork Bison has many cuts of meat. If you have never tasted bison perhaps you would like to order the sampler packs. They contain a variety of cuts of meat. Take a taste of different cuts and decide which you like the best.
Ordering bison is an easy process. Log into Northfork’s online store and choose which meat and the quantity. After you have made your choices, click on checkout you will be diverted to Paypal. You do not have to have a Paypal account to buy from Northfork Bison. You can pay with all credit cards. Our online checkout has the outmost security. We have full SSL certification. Your credit card is never kept on file.
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What happens when you place an order with Northfork Bison:
- After making your order – you will receive and email with your order confirmation.
- The cuts of meat are prepared at our state of the art, certified facility and meet Canadian and American standards.
- Before your order goes out, one of our customer agents will phone you to make sure that you are available for delivery of your package.
- The meat is frozen, packaged in a sturdy box and packed with lots of ice packs. If the meat is slightly defrosted on arrival, you can put it in the freezer with no problems. If for some reason it has completely defrosted, call us right away.