Bison meat is typically lower in fat and calories than beef while remaining rich in protein. Bison meat is also known for its high concentration of essential nutrients like iron and zinc. While we think they complement each other, the most common reason people choose beef or bison is personal taste. We recommend starting with our Small Variety Bison Box if you’re just getting into bison. And don't worry, there's no rule against mixing and matching — beef and bison can both be a great addition to your family's diet.
Where can I get bison meat?
Directly from us! We source our grass finished bison from our friends and neighbor, Mary McLeod. The bison are born and raised on their ranch outside of Big Timber, Montana. The grass finished bison Mary raises never leave the ranch until they go to processing and graze on pasture ground most of the year. In the winter they are fed quality hay. Our bison is processed at Big Sky Meats in Moore, MT, a USDA inspected processing facility.
How does bison meat taste compared to beef?
Bison meat has a distinct and slightly sweeter flavor compared to beef. It is often described as leaner and more tender — we think it has a unique and delicious taste! Bison meat enthusiasts appreciate its milder flavor than venison and other game meat, making it an appealing option for those who may find the strong taste of some game meats off-putting.
Is bison meat environmentally sustainable?
We get this question a lot! While old-school traditional cattle ranching techniques can degrade the land, that's not how we raise our cattle. So it's not a simple matter of cow vs. bison, and more about how they're being raised. At Cowgirl Meat Co, our bison are raised using humane and ethical practices, and we consider ourselves stewards of the land, so our products could all be considered "environmentally friendly." We stand behind our product and think that our bison meat is well aligned with the values of eco-conscious consumers concerned about the environmental impact of their food choices.
How should I cook bison meat?
Cooking bison meat is a versatile culinary experience, very similar to cooking beef. You can grill bison steaks and burgers, pan-sear them to perfection, or make a bison roast. For tender and flavorful dishes, consider slow cooking bison in stews or chili. Season ground bison for delicious tacos, or form it into lean and tasty burgers topped with your favorite ingredients. You can even whip up a quick stir-fry by thinly slicing bison and combining it with vegetables and stir-fry sauce. Don't forget to marinate bison to enhance flavor and tenderness and allow the cooked meat to rest for a few minutes before serving to retain its juices and flavor.