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I tasted bison for the first time last night at a restaurant. Gracious was it good. Braised short ribs served with mashed potatoes.

Not sure how much credit was due the restaurant rather than the cut of meat. Our other items were also very good.

What is the chow hound take on bison?

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  1. Love it. Bison is fairly common where we live, thank goodness. We've had all sorts of cuts. It is very lean. We both prefer braised bison dishes to cuts such as steak as they are more forgiving but have enjoyed what we have had thus far - and that has been quite a lot! :)

    1. I'd suggest a search of this site; I'm sure bison, also called "buffalo" (though it is not the true buffalo) has been a topic of several threads.

      I love bison, but keep in mind when cooking it that it is a much leaner meat than beef. That makes it heart-healthy, but also means cooking times and methods can be a challenge.

      1. We really like bison. I use it in place of ground beef all the time and lunch was soup & a sandwich with ham style bison deli meat. Thankfully, like chefathome, bison is fairly easy to come by here.

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        1. re: maplesugar

          Lucky. Small "medallion" steaks and ground are what's available in my neighborhood.

          How do they make a "ham-style" meat from red meat?

          1. re: FrankJBN

            I'm not sure how but it's as though they process it like ham... I wish I had a picture for you. It doesn't look identical to ham but it's close. The same producer makes bison ham, smoked meat and salami, as well as venison and elk pastrami.

            1. re: FrankJBN

              "pastrami" is corned beef first,a process,cure that translates well to other firm fleshed meat

          2. There are numerous sources for bison in Colorado, and restaurants that serve it, usually as burgers. There are buffalo grazing along I-70 just west of Morrison. Lean, tasty, easy to cook. Check the White Buffalo Meat Company site.

            1. Delicious, but SUPER lean. DON'T overcook it unless you plan to stew it.