One of the perks of staying at Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch is, in addition to our guaranteed elk hunts, you’ll have the rare opportunity to bag a mighty buffalo. Our buffalo meat hunts aren’t nearly as challenging as the elk variety; however, you’ll be astonished at the taste and sheer volume provided by these majestic beasts. Our meat buffalo range from 1-2 years, with trophy bulls being at least six years old. Buffalo hunts offer an exciting reprieve from the more rigorous elk hunt, and the amount of meat you’ll get from these timeless icons is almost unfathomable! While it isn’t too complicated to cook buffalo meat, it does heat differently from beef due to its leanness. To help you make the most of your bounty, we put together a few tips on cooking the buffalo meat you bring home from your hunting vacation.
Buffalo Hunting Vacations in Eastern Idaho
Tucked away into the majestic mountains it’s named after, Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch is recognized as one of the best places to enjoy guided hunts in Eastern Idaho. Because of the care we take to ensure successful outings, there is a good chance you’ll be cooking buffalo meat, maybe even for the first time. Below we put together a few basic guidelines to help you figure out how you want to cook your prized provisions.
Because buffalo is more lean and tender, it cooks faster than beef and should simmer at low to medium temperatures. Like beef, cooking buffalo steaks vary between grilling, sauteing, broiling, and stir-frying. One way to prevent overcooking is to pull the steaks off the heat just before reaching your preferred doneness, allowing them to continue to cook internally, locking in flavor and moisture. Most chefs recommend rare to medium-rare, with internal temperatures ranging from 135 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
The lack of fat on buffalo, when compared to beef, makes it a healthier option that is a great substitute. Ground buffalo is versatile and, as such, can be used in a variety of dishes like chili, spaghetti, and tacos. Like the steaks, ground buffalo meat can be grilled, broiled, or sauteed and retains its size throughout cooking.
For roasts, you’ll want your oven preheated to 275 to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and allow the roast to reach room temperature before sliding it into the oven. Consistency is king, so keeping your oven at one temperature is crucial. Use a meat thermometer by inserting it into the thickest portion to ensure an accurate measurement of internal heat. Less tender cuts may need to be marinated depending on your preference. Citrus based marinades are an excellent way to assist with tenderization.
Buffalo Meat Hunts at Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch
Buffalo hunting is anything but ordinary, so why not stay at our extraordinary Idaho ranch? We invite you to join us on the hunting experience of a lifetime. With countless activities and a setting like no other, Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch is prepared to show you what it’s like to live out on the range. Our elegant accommodations and self-sustaining property lend themselves to an unforgettable adventure. For more information on how we can facilitate your trip, please contact us online or call 208-351-7301.