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Here's What Wild Game Meats Taste Like

Jan 12, 2008
Wild game meats are becoming increasingly popular on dinner tables and restaurant menus, not only due to their lower fat and cholesterol content, but also because they are easy to cook. More and more people are trying such wild game meats like buffalo meat, ostrich meat, alligator meat, and even rattlesnake meat, which are all available via online specialty sources.

However, the big question most consumers have is - how do wild game meats taste? As developers of one of the top online websites about wild game meats, we've tried just about every type imaginable, in various recipes. While you won't hear us utter the phrase "it tastes just like chicken", we'll give you our own personal taste descriptions for 6 popular wild game meats.

First, buffalo (bison) meat. Bison is, of course, very similar to beef but without all the fat and calories. Buffalo meat is somewhat dense and benefits from slow, lower heat cooking. Buffalo steaks and buffalo burgers taste just like regular beef, but slightly sweeter. You'll definitely notice the leanness too.

Alligator: You'll see alligator meat at many restaurants in Florida, usually prepared as tenders or nuggets. Most of the alligator meat that's sold or prepared in restaurants is tail meat, which is white meat with a taste similar to veal. Alligator meat is most commonly sold as tenders, but alligator steaks are available as well. You'd cook an alligator steak in much the same way as you'd grill a chicken breast.

Elk: Elk meat is available as burgers, steaks, and roasts, with burgers and roasts are most common. As elk is part of the deer family, think venison in terms of taste. If you've never tried venison, it's fair to say elk meat is pleasant and somewhat sweet tasting. Elk meat is dark meat and extremely low in fat. As such, it benefits from slow, low heat cooking, and not overcooked.

Pheasant: Most have heard of pheasant under glass, but pheasant meat can be prepared in the same manner as any poultry. Pheasant is very mild, similar in taste to a cornish hen. The meat is pink-white and very lean.

Ostrich is usually available as burgers, but other cuts are becoming increasingly available as well. Ostrich is extremely lean, leaner even than buffalo meat. An ostrich burger seemed to us like a very lean ground sirloin burger, albeit without the fat and cholesterol levels. Ostrich is best cooked to medium rare.

Rattlesnake meat, like most wild game meats, is becoming more accepted outside the southwestern United States, where rattlesnake chili is a restaurant staple. A white meat quite similar to chicken breast, it is slightly chewier than chicken. Rattlesnake meat can be prepared numerous ways, including as nuggets or marinated as an appetizer or as part of a salad.

Wild game meats are quite fun to try, and we enjoyed every type we've tried. Hint: Don't overcook! These meats are easy to prepare and especially appealing due to their low fat and cholesterol content. As a bonus, wild game meats are very versatile in recipes, and can be substituted for any recipe calling for traditional meats.
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Wild Game Meats like buffalo meat, elk meat, alligator meat, and rattlesnake meat are becoming more and more popular due to their savory taste and low fat content. Visit us for more information and Wild Game Meats recipes!
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