Wyoming or Texas
Similar to bison skirt steaks and hanger steaks, flank steaks are another underappreciated cut that absorbs marinades well & is excellent grilled.
Because flank steaks aren't as tender as premium steaks like ribeyes and filet mignons, they're generally more affordable, but still offer great flavor.
Bison's flavor is often described as a richer version of beef with just a hint of sweetness. It is not gamey at all, and has a deeper red color and coarser grain than beef.
Like many game meats, bison meat is much healthier than conventional grain-fed beef. Its primary health benefits are its low fat content (less than a third as much fat as similar cuts of beef), lower cholesterol (less than skinless chicken) and high amount of iron. This makes it an ideal red meat choice for those concerned about eating heart healthy food.
RECIPES & TIPS
Bison flank steaks are often marinated to introduce additional flavor. They can be grilled & sliced, seared for fajitas, braised, or turned into bison jerky.
In general, bison meat can be cooked as you would similar cuts of beef and substituted in beef recipes. Keep in mind that, because it is so lean, it will likely cook more quickly and is more likely to dry out if cooked past Medium Rare.
Because bison is much higher in protein and also a little denser in texture, diners' hunger may be satisfied with smaller portions.
Bison pairs well with rich, rustic flavors like chile peppers, beer, cumin, red wine, rosemary, and sage.
Like all meats, it is important to rest bison (covered) after cooking, but before slicing, so all the juices won't run out when it's cut. The larger the cut, the longer it needs to rest, with small cuts resting for 5-10 minutes and larger cuts resting 15 minutes or longer. While resting, the meat will continue to cook slightly, so for best results remove it from the heat while it’s still a little below your preferred doneness.
Recommended Cooking Temps:
Rare - 135°
Medium Rare - 140°-150°
Medium - 140°-145°
Medium Well - 160°
Well Done - 165° and above