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Bourbon Butter Braised Bison Ribs

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This recipe is a sumptuous dish that combines the robust flavors of bison with the rich caramel notes of bourbon and the silky texture of butter. Slow cooking the ribs allows them to become incredibly tender. The braised ribs pair well with rustic sides such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a hearty grain like farro. The meal is quick and easy to make ahead for a busy weeknight or a special occasion. 

If you substitute another game animal, be careful not to overcook the ribs, or they will end up dry. The butter will add some fat, but the bison fat is more forgiving to over-cooking. 

Serving Size: 4-6
Time to make: 8 hours
Equipment: Slow Cooker and Cast iron pan 
Also work with: Any wild game ribs or shanks 



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Bourbon Butter Braised Bison Ribs

Recipe by Justin Townsend
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Course: Wild Recipes
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

7

hours 
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Ingredients

  • 4 -8 bison ribs cut in half or 6” pieces

  • 1 Tbsp oil

  • 2 Tbsp Harvesting Nature’s Waterfowl Blend

  • 2.5 cups wild game stock

  • ½ cup bourbon

  • ⅛ cup honey

  • 1 ” fresh ginger, grated

  • 4 garlic cloves, grated

  • ½ onion, diced

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 Tbsp salt

Preparation

  • Bring a large skillet to high heat. Coat the ribs in oil and season with the waterfowl blend.
  • Sear each side of the ribs
  • Place the ribs into the slow cooker
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker
  • Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours until tender
  • Serve immediately with your favorite starch

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Justin Townsend

Justin (Choctaw) is an avid hunter, angler, and chef whose passion for the outdoors lead him to create Harvesting Nature in 2011. He continues to hunt, fish, and cook all while sharing his experiences with others through film, podcasts, print, and with recipes. He also proudly serves in the United States Coast Guard.

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