Caribou Meat

One of the most rewarding aspects of hunting for Caribou in the Alaskan wilderness is the satisfaction of hunting, skinning, and cooking your own meat. Eating caribou meat may sound exotic to those from “the Lower 48,” but the meat’s texture and flavor are easy for meat lovers to appreciate and savor. Compared to beef and pork, caribou is quite lean and healthy, too, that’s low in sodium, and a great source of protein, iron, B12, zinc, and many other essential nutrients. From steaks to sausages, burgers, stew meat, jerky, and countless other varieties and preparation methods, there are limitless ways to prepare delicious and enticing caribou-based meals for you and your family. Below are a few popular recipes:


A-1 Caribou Steak:caribou steak


1 lb caribou steak

4 tb better; divided

1 sm onion; chopped

2 tb sherry

1 tb Worcestershire

3 tb A-1 steak sauce

1 tb chopped chives

1 tb chopped parsley

salt and pepper

2 tb brandy


Cook onions in 2 tbsp butter until golden. Pound steak to tenderize. Then, sear steak over high heat in butter & onion, for approx. 2 minutes on each side. Add salt, Worcestershire, parsley, sherry, A-1, 2 tbsp butter, parsley, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 3-4 minutes per side. Add brandy, bring to the table, flame and serve.


Caribou Stew:caribou stew


2 lb caribou (boneless)

flour; for dredging

salt and pepper to taste

oil; for browning meat

½ c white wine

1/8 c Worcestershire sauce

1 c lentils

4 small potatoes, quartered

1 carrot; peeled and sliced

1 celery rib, chopped

½ c parsnip or turnip, diced

1 jalapeno pepper, diced

2 md banana peppers, chopped

1 bay leaf

spices and herbs to taste


Dredge meat in seasoned flour and brown in a frying pan with a little oil. Transfer to a large saucepan or slow cooker, add the rest of the ingredients with enough water to cover. Simmer for 2 hours on low or 10 hours in the slow cooker. Adjust seasonings and serve.

Caribou Burgerscaribou burger


1 lb ground caribou

4 oz ground pork


fresh ground black petter

½ md onion, chopped

bread crumbs or other cereal optional

your favorite burger spices, herbs and condiments to taste

1 egg; to bind the ingredients


Because caribou has so little fat, you’ll need to add some pork for a juicy burger.

Mix all the ingredients handling as little as possible. Heat grill or broiler. Brush burgers with vegetable oil and grill about 4 minutes; turn and cook to desired doneness. Serve on rolls with your choice of condiments.

Remember, caribou meat, like the meat of any other animal, tastes best when it is properly dressed, bled, bagged, and cooled. Make sure you have the right tools for caribou meat, and take appropriate steps to prepare your meat, otherwise you may wind up with a flavor and texture that isn’t optimal. Caribou meat, when prepared correctly, is quite a treat for meat lovers.