Southern Utah Restaurant Serves Up Tasty Tips for Preparing Elk & Game Dishes
Over the last 10 years, mainstream America has begun to understand what hunters and outdoorsman have long known – game meat is delicious, healthy and offers a wide variety of ways to prepare. Elk, venison, buffalo, boar and a variety of large and small game have been popping up on restaurant menus in a variety of forms. From steaks to burgers, deep-fried bites to brats, both restaurant and at home chefs are finding new and innovative ways to prepare game meat.
The health benefits of consuming game meat are a significant driver of the dishes rise in popularity. Game meat is significantly leaner, and therefore contains less fat, than other forms of red meat. Availability is also a huge factor. Commercial elk farms have cropped up around the globe, providing a steady source of high quality meat.
As the public’s demand for game meat grows, so do the opportunities to prepare the dish in innovative – and delicious – ways. The Gun Barrel Steak & Game House in St. George, Utah has been developing and testing game recipes for more than two decades, perfecting the preparation, seasoning, sauces and accompaniments to bring out games’ best flavor.
The first Gun Barrel Steak & Game House originated in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1993 in what had formerly been the Wyoming Wildlife Museum and Taxidermy. The St. George location opened in the summer of 2005 and is widely known for their collection of wall mounts, western memorabilia and rustic lodge atmosphere.
Over the years, the Gun Barrel has separated itself from the pack with expertly prepared and deliciously seasoned game fare. The restaurant serves up a wide variety of game meat including buffalo prime rib, buffalo sirloin, mesquite grilled elk steak, buffalo ribs, elk medallions and buffalo bratwurst. They source high quality, farm raised game to ensure a balanced flavor, garnering the restaurant the distinction one of the Top Ten Best Game Restaurants in America (DailyMeal).
The Gun Barrel General Manager Julie Morgan and Executive Chef Michael Caraman and his team are sharing their tips on best practices as well as recipes for preparing game with AVID readers.
Tips for Cooking Game Meat
According to Morgan, the biggest mistake people make when preparing any game meat is overcooking it. Cooking game meat to its ideal temperature is critical. Morgan recommends cooking game meat ‘rare’ to ‘medium rare’ to ensure the best flavor and tenderness.