Grill/Barbecue

Grilled Bison Ribeye with Browned Herb Compound Butter

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June 15, 2015
Author Notes

I really love bison but I understand that some people have the impression that it is generally tough and dry. We have a fantastic local purveyor of bison - Gunpowder Farms north of Baltimore. I was able to get these beautiful bison ribeyes and they were just asked to be grilled. I like to use a rich, buttery sauce for the finished buffalo because it helps to bring out the meaty flavors with some nicely added fat. I like to cook these on the medium rare to rare side to prevent them from getting dry. Bison is leaner than beef so you need to use care not to overcook them. —meganvt01

  • Prep time 1 hour
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 2 bison ribeyes - mine were 6 oz portions
  • 3 tablespoons good quality salted butter - I like Kerrygold
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon thyme, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sage, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, minced
  • 1 small glove garlic, pressed
  • kosher salt and pepper
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Approximately one hour before cooking, take out your bison steaks and season them well with kosher salt and pepper. Let them rest while you prepare the butter and heat the grill.
  2. For the compound butter, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until it turns brown and smells nutty. Add the herbs and garlic for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool. Depending on the type of butter you used, it may solidify somewhat at room temperature or you may need to refrigerate slightly to get it semi-solid and spreadable.
  3. Over a medium high grill, cook the ribeyes for 4 minutes per side (note that my ribeyes were small - 6 oz - if yours are bigger adjust cooking time accordingly - you want the meat to have a nice crust but have soft give and be relatively rare). Spread on some of the browned butter ( you may have butter left over ). Make a nice tent with foil over your steaks (elevated so that it doesn't get into the butter) and let it rest for 5 minutes or so and the butter melts. Serve with some nice crusty bread to soak up the juices mixed with the butter!

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meganvt01

Recipe by: meganvt01

After spending years in school while working full time, I'm happy to finally have my evenings pursuing my other passion, cooking! I have a 4 year old boy and a husband that are both adventurous eaters and supportive tasters. I spend a good bit of my vacation travel preparation researching local and regional foods and my friends all make fun of my food obsession. I've always been pretty confident with my techniques cooking from recipes but I am enjoying Food52's challenge of putting those techniques to work for my own versions of my favorite foods. I love to learn and the group of people that contribute to this site are a great resource. As an Annapolis native, I love to cook with our local produce and seafood whenever possible. I try to support our community of fisherman, farmers, other food producers and chefs as much as possible.