Cedar-Braised Bison

This recipe is inspired by the book “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen” by Sean Sherman. We have made adjustments using our favorite SweetGrass Trading Co. products.

This is a simple and hearty one-pot meal. Leftovers are great served over corn cake. When braising meat, Sherman recommends adding a handful of the ingredients you intend to serve alongside the dish, such as hominy, wild rice, and dried berries. Plan ahead and be sure to soak the hominy overnight. Serves 6 to 8.

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 23 lbs bison or beef chuck roast
 1 tbsp Sakari Botanicals coarse salt
 2 tbsp Passamaquoddy maple sugar
 3 tbsp Seka Hills Extra Virgin olive oil
 24 cups wild rice or corn stock
 several sprigs of sage
 1 sprig of cedar
 2 cups dried hominy, soaked overnight and drained
 1 tbsp sumac
 ½ cup Wozupi or Passamaquoddy Maple maple syrup
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Preheat the oven to 250°F. Season bison with salt and maple sugar. Film a Dutch oven or large flame-proof baking dish with the oil and set over high heat. Sear the bison on all sides until dark and crusty, about 10 minutes. Remove the bison and set aside.

Stir in the stock and sage, scraping up any crusty bits at the bottom of the baking dish. Add the hominy, sumac, and maple syrup and return the meat to the baking dish. Cover the Dutch oven or the baking dish tightly, using aluminum foil if necessary. Place the bison in the oven and cook until so tender it falls from the bone, about 3 hours.

Remove from the oven. Tent the meat with foil to keep warm. Strain the remaining stock into a saucepan and reserve the hominy. Set the stock over high heat, bring to a boil and reduce the liquid by half. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Carve the bison and serve over the hominy with the sauce drizzled on top of the meat.

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Ingredients

 23 lbs bison or beef chuck roast
 1 tbsp Sakari Botanicals coarse salt
 2 tbsp Passamaquoddy maple sugar
 3 tbsp Seka Hills Extra Virgin olive oil
 24 cups wild rice or corn stock
 several sprigs of sage
 1 sprig of cedar
 2 cups dried hominy, soaked overnight and drained
 1 tbsp sumac
 ½ cup Wozupi or Passamaquoddy Maple maple syrup

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 250°F. Season bison with salt and maple sugar. Film a Dutch oven or large flame-proof baking dish with the oil and set over high heat. Sear the bison on all sides until dark and crusty, about 10 minutes. Remove the bison and set aside.

Stir in the stock and sage, scraping up any crusty bits at the bottom of the baking dish. Add the hominy, sumac, and maple syrup and return the meat to the baking dish. Cover the Dutch oven or the baking dish tightly, using aluminum foil if necessary. Place the bison in the oven and cook until so tender it falls from the bone, about 3 hours.

Remove from the oven. Tent the meat with foil to keep warm. Strain the remaining stock into a saucepan and reserve the hominy. Set the stock over high heat, bring to a boil and reduce the liquid by half. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Carve the bison and serve over the hominy with the sauce drizzled on top of the meat.

Cedar-Braised Bison
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