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I've Been Buffaloed! 
Sep. 6, 2013 7:59 pm 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2013 7:08 pm

Or Bisoned for that matter. Rember Buffalo nickels? Bison or Buffalo it's still the same.  I could go on and on about why American Bison are called American Buffalo's but I won't because you can find everything you ever wanted to know about North America's most iconic animal right here at The Bison Council

I can honestly say that I don't ever recall eating Bison and believe me I have eaten some pretty exotic meats in my time. When Allrecipes gave me the opportunity to have a chance at trying some Bison I jumped on it.

What better way to sample some Bison than being able to cook it up myself using a recipe from the Bison Council collection here on Allrecipes. First I did a little research and found out that Bison takes 1/3 less time to cook and 1/3 less heat. Good thing I found that out. I could have ruined a perfectly good cut of Bison.

Click here to see how the Bison Council shows comparisons and how well Bison stacks up against beef, pork, chicken and turkey. If you are looking for a healthy diet these numbers are pretty impressive. 

My choice of the Bison Council recipes was to make Bison Fajitas With Guacamole Salad.

Bison Fajitas With Guacamole Salad

I'm impressed with the quality and flavor of Bison and you can read my review on the recipe. I really thought Bison would be gamy but I was wrong. In my opinion it tastes more like beef and it's way healthier. For those of you that want to steer clear of red-meat you might want to check out the nutritional values and reconsider.

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I'm not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com.

Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on Popa's Kitchen. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of bd.weld. This blog was written in support of  The Bison Council.

Sep. 6, 2013 8:26 pm
they sell ground bison at our local supermarket...we tried it once. it was ok. did you have a steak/roast cut?
Sep. 6, 2013 8:31 pm
njmom - Thanks for stopping by. I have bison flank steak. I'm impressed with it.
Sep. 6, 2013 8:40 pm
Beautiful! I am so excited about the bison recipes. I have been using ground bison for a long time and love it - I feel so honored to try a real cut of meat. Your recipe looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing.
Sep. 6, 2013 8:41 pm
Yum! I'd love to have some of that! I'll look for some of the flank steak!
Sep. 6, 2013 8:45 pm
Baking Nana - Thank you. Bison is the real deal. I love it!
Sep. 6, 2013 8:47 pm
Marianne - Thank you. I'm coming down on the 13th. Would you like some flank steak?
Sep. 6, 2013 8:50 pm
Excellent! Thanks for the tip on the cooking times compared to beef. I hadn't read that yet and am a little nervous about my 10 lbs. of brisket I have. I may have over cooked it had I not read your blog. Great job!
Sep. 6, 2013 9:03 pm
Beautiful! I have eaten it out and cooked the ground bison, but would have been afraid I'd make a mistake with the larger cuts.
Sep. 6, 2013 9:10 pm
KGora - Thank you. I did read up on it before I cooked it and I'm glad I did.
Sep. 6, 2013 9:11 pm
BigShotsMom - Thank you. After reading up on cooking the bison and making this I feel comfortable cooking any cut now.
Sep. 6, 2013 9:54 pm
Hey Bd.weld ~ I like the way you explained the flavor and gave the cooking differences. I am unaware of either as of now. The info. about buffalo/bison was also helpful. I am learning more, from each person's input. ty
Sep. 7, 2013 3:57 am
I've never eaten bison. I once went to a park where you could see buffalo grazng, Do you have to special order bison from some place on line? I've never seen it in my local stores (but, I have not been looking for it either).
Sep. 7, 2013 5:34 am
Great job, bd! My experience with bison is limited to having a bison burger. It was really good! I'm glad to find out that it is leaner than beef.
Sep. 7, 2013 6:02 am
Having 2 hunters in the family, I'm used to working with venison. We've had bison but generally it is so expensive at the grocery store it doesn't make into the cart. Nice of you to explain the different cooking times & temps. I know it makes a difference when cooking wild game!
Sep. 7, 2013 6:11 am
I never had Bison, but you make it sound good bd.weld. Thanks for sharing.
Sep. 7, 2013 6:40 am
Great blog and tons of info, Brian...they look DELICIOUS! I'm excited now, I'm making my recipe tomorrow, so stay tuned...
Sep. 7, 2013 6:42 am
Blender Woman - Thank you for looking in. Yes it tastes very close to beef. Some people wouldn't be able to detect the difference.
Sep. 7, 2013 6:46 am
sueb - Thanks for looking in. As Allstar Ambassadors we received bison from The Bison Council. Mine was flank steak and I can say that this is good. You can order it from http://www.highplainsbison.com/index.php
Sep. 7, 2013 6:49 am
Bibi - Thank you. Bison burgers are easy to get in California but I've never had one or bison for that matter. I'm glad I was one picked for the assignment.
Sep. 7, 2013 6:51 am
Cat Hill - Thank you. I definitely did my homework prior to cooking this cut of bison. I really expected it to taste gamy and to my surprise it wasn't at all.
Sep. 7, 2013 6:53 am
manella - Thank you. It is really good. Now that I have tasted it I'm going to keep an eye out for it. Not only does it taste good but for the health benefits too.
Sep. 7, 2013 6:54 am
Christina - Thank you. Can't wait to hear the results.
Sep. 7, 2013 7:25 am
Nicely done BD. Your dinner looks good enough to eat off the screen. I will be looking around for butcher around here that carries specialty meats or cuts.
Sep. 7, 2013 7:40 am
Oh, yes, bd! I'd LOVE some flank steak! I'll trade you some ground for some flank!
Sep. 7, 2013 7:48 am
Joey Joan - Thank you. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for it.
Sep. 7, 2013 7:52 am
Marianne - It's still frozen (shipped frozen) so I will put it the container it came in with ice for the drive down and put it in the freezer in the room. We're staying the night so not sure when I will drop it off but I will call you.
Sep. 7, 2013 8:00 am
Thanks for taking me down memory lane. At Thanksgiving everyone gets to pick one dish for the meal. When my youngest was in kindergarten, 21 years ago, and studying Native Americans his dish of choice was buffalo meatballs. Thanks for putting a smile on my face.
Sep. 7, 2013 8:05 am
Marie C. - Thank you. I'm still amazed at how good bison tastes.
Sep. 7, 2013 8:23 am
YUM! Now I want to find my own bison! Thank you BD, terrific info and am so gonna try and find it today! Carlos and I had bison burgers while on Catalina Island. Really beefy flavor and you said its better for you, then I'm IN!
Sep. 7, 2013 8:29 am
I have had alot of bison and I really like bison burgers. I wasn't thrilled with the steaks and roasts, but I have to admit that the bison we ate were from hunters in Montana and maybe the bison ate stuff that made the flavor weird to us. Nice to hear that this stuff is so good.
Sep. 7, 2013 8:31 am
That looks delicious! I have never seen bison in our stores.
Sep. 7, 2013 8:41 am
Bd.weld, I really enjoyed reading your blog and your photo is stellar. I could just reach right out and take a bite. I am eager to try the flank steak. I am glad you mentioned the 1/3 cooking time. I have a lot going on this weekend. So, next weekend I plan on grilling bison. How much of the flank steak did you grill for fajitas? I have 6 total coming for dinner next Saturday, ( 5 adults and 1 child.) My brother eats bison all the time. He loves the benefits of a leaner meat. He was telling me to marinate the flank steak because it is a tougher cut of meat. Also, he told me to grill it whole, let the meat rest, and most of all not to overcook it.
Sep. 7, 2013 8:41 am
Love this blog Brian. I'm heading to the market shortly and I will be looking for some Bison. Thank you for explaining the cooking method too. I probably would have ruined it. I am all about healthy eating, and this sounds to me like a wonderful alternative. Thanks again. BTW, beautiful photo. I like your kitchen towel under the plate too. Right up my alley. -a-doodle-do!
Sep. 7, 2013 8:43 am
Hey! I got sensored! Anyway, what a Rooster does in the morning! C@ck-a-doodle-do!
Sep. 7, 2013 8:47 am
Patty Cakes - Thank you. lol I've been to Catalina Island hundreds of times and never ate their buffalo burger. Check out the nutritional values here. http://thebisoncouncil.com/health-and-nutrition
Sep. 7, 2013 8:57 am
mauigirl - It certainly could have been what the bison ate. I do know that the flank steak I ate was really close to beef.
Sep. 7, 2013 8:59 am
LadySparkle - Thank you for looking in. I don't ever recall seeing bison in the store except ground bison in Costco.
Sep. 7, 2013 9:06 am
Lela - Thank you. I received four flank steaks and cooked one. I used the "Fajita Seasoning" here on AR (I think it was in one of your blogs). I did as your brother said and grilled it. It was far from tough but then I didn't over cook it either. After grilling just make sure you slice it across the grain. I would cook at least 2 or 3 flank steaks depending how many fajitas they eat.
Sep. 7, 2013 9:11 am
Candice - Thank you. I was certainly blown away by how healthy bison is.
Sep. 7, 2013 11:30 am
Your cooking looks really good! We can't buy Bison in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Texas. We have lots of beef down here. I did try Bison on a vacation to the Badlands and Mount Rushmore, once. I had a Bison Burger. I remember it tasted really good, but it might have been a bit leaner than hamburger. Your cooking is inspiring!
Sep. 7, 2013 12:08 pm
Cynthia Ross - Thank you. I never really thought much about bison until The Bison Council jumped on board as a sponsor. Some of us Allstars got the product and I'm hooked.
Sep. 7, 2013 3:36 pm
still emeralds! - Thanks for stopping by. I hope you do get that bison burger. If you have a Costco near you sometimes they sell ground bison.
Sep. 7, 2013 3:54 pm
I have never eaten Buffalo, I can't find it in Food Lion Or Wal-Mart. It is not like we have much of a selection around here. No Buffalo wandering the streets of Fayetteville, NC.
Sep. 7, 2013 5:27 pm
still emeralds! - You might want to put a shout out on the buzz to see if someone might know where to buy it. I really don't know. I do know you can buy it online and have it shipped but it's expensive. Mine came frozen from Fedex. It's definitely a healthy cut of meat.
Sep. 7, 2013 5:30 pm
KingSparta - Thanks for looking in. LOL No Buffalo roaming Fayetteville? Hmm. If you ever get the chance I highly recommend it.
Sep. 7, 2013 5:42 pm
Wowzer! I went to the market with DH today and I did find some ground bison. For $9.99 a pound. I did NOT purchase any. I wouldn't be able to cook it anyway for about a week. We'll be up to our eyeballs with the Grandson's wedding for the next week and a half.... company, cupcake making, etc. But, I WILL buy some and make it another time. I had no idea it was that expensive.
Sep. 7, 2013 7:15 pm
10 bucks a pound...nope i'm out. i've had bison, nothing to get excited about. your's look nice, but 10 bucks a lb.? ted turner can keep his buffalo, and i'll keep my beef.
Sep. 7, 2013 8:33 pm
Candice - No doubt expensive but once in awhile at $9.00 a pound it's worth it.
Sep. 7, 2013 8:34 pm
gderr the dysfunctional - Thanks for stopping by. lol Come on, the money you make at poker you can afford some bison.
Sep. 7, 2013 8:38 pm
still emeralds! - I figured that would come up but that's why I said American Bison and American Buffalo. I have seen other buffalo that don't even look like the American kind. I sure hope you find some so you can cross it off your list. I know I have crossed it off my list of things to try.
Sep. 8, 2013 7:47 am
I've had bison burgers in the Badlands and beefalo here in Ohio. Beefalo is better as it has a little more fat and that adds flavor and tenderness. Liked them both.
Sep. 8, 2013 7:57 am
midwestchef - Thank you for stopping by. Those Beefalo's remind me of our Slater's 50/50's. 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon that make for great burgers.
Sep. 8, 2013 8:00 am
still emeralds! - The only two other buffalo's I'm aware of are the cape and water. While in Vietnam I encountered a Water Buffalo and I do not ever want that experience again, lol.
Sep. 8, 2013 2:40 pm
Brian: A couple of my co-workers eat a lot of bison/buffalo. They actually purchase it "on the hoof," so they are responsible for cutting and wrapping. No doubt, that saves them lots of $$$.
Sep. 8, 2013 7:08 pm
bikerfamily - Thank you for looking in. That's amazing. I bet they do save a lot of money.
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