Succulent Grilled Antelope Steak: A Wild Game Delight
Are you tired of grilling the same old steaks? Do you want to try something new and exciting that will take your taste buds on an adventure? Look no further than this grilled antelope steak recipe.
If you’re a lover of wild game or just looking for ways to expand your culinary palette, this recipe is perfect for you. Antelope meat is a lean protein that is low in fat and high in flavor, making it an excellent choice for those watching their diets.
But the best part about this grilled antelope steak recipe is how simple it is. With just a few key ingredients like garlic, oregano, and rosemary, and some basic grilling techniques, you can have a mouthwatering meal in no time.
So gather your ingredients, heat up the grill, and get ready to experience the deliciousness of cooked-to-perfection antelope meat. Let’s get started!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Picture this: You’re gathered around the grill with friends and family, enjoying a beautiful outdoor barbecue on a warm summer evening. The scent of sizzling meat fills the air as you flip over succulent pieces of antelope steak. It’s a scenario that may seem intimidating to some, but trust me when I say that grilled antelope steak should be added to your summer grilling repertoire – and here’s why.
Firstly, the taste of antelope is truly something special. Antelope meat has a rich, gamey flavor that is sure to be a hit with those who enjoy wild game. In fact, it boasts a distinctly bold taste that’s hard to emulate with any other type of meat. When cooked correctly, antelope steak has a tender yet firm texture and is incredibly flavorful.
Additionally, grilling antelope steak can be an ideal way to switch up your usual grilling routine. Although beef steaks are delicious, swapping them out for wild game adds variety to your meals and exposes you to new flavors and cooking techniques. It’s an opportunity to try something new and explore the great outdoors – even if you’re only grilling on your own backyard patio.
Perhaps what’s most appealing about grilled antelope steak is its nutritional value. Wild game is typically leaner than its FDA-certified counterpart, meaning it’s higher in protein and lower in fat. In addition, antelope meat is packed with key vitamins such as B12 and iron, making it a verifiable superfood.
In conclusion, grilled antelope steak is not just another recipe – it’s an experience that embodies adventure, exceptional taste, and outstanding health benefits. This recipe may seem daunting at first glance but believe me; it’s well worth your time and effort. So why not give it a shot? Your tastebuds and body will thank you.
Here’s everything I’m going to need to make this grilled antelope steak recipe:
- 1-2 lbs antelope steak (or antelope backstrap)
- 4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp celery seed
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Serving and Pairing
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Vegetable oil (4 teaspoon)
Note: The ingredients for the marinade will make more than enough for the antelope steak recipe – I use the leftovers as a salad dressing or for marinating other meats.
Tip: When it comes to antelope meat, you want to keep things simple. These animals are grass-fed, lean and have a mild flavor. A simple marinade made up of lemon juice and herbs really complements their natural taste.
The Recipe How-To
After you’ve marinated your antelope backstrap for 6 to 8 hours, it’s time to prepare the grill. I prefer using a gas grill on high heat for this recipe, but any grill will do as long as it can reach a temperature of at least 500 degrees F.
Before grilling your antelope steak, make sure to remove it from the marinade and discard any excess marinade. Pat the meat dry with paper towels and sprinkle both sides with a mixture of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Next, brush both sides of the steak with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Gradually bring the heat down to medium-high and place the steak on the hot grill grates. Do not move the steak for about 4-5 minutes until grill marks form.
Once the grill marks have formed, flip the steak over and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 130 degrees F. Use a meat thermometer for accuracy.
Please note that antelope meat is best served rare to medium-rare, so be careful not to overcook it. Once you’ve reached that perfect final internal temperature, remove the steak from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.
Serve hot and enjoy your delicious grilled antelope steak!
Substitutions and Variations
If you’re unable to find antelope steak at your local butcher, don’t worry. This recipe can be easily adapted and used for other types of wild game meat, such as venison, deer, or blackbuck antelope.
Additionally, you can experiment with different herbs and spices to suit your taste. For example, if oregano is not your thing, swap it out for ground coriander or cumin. Use dried basil instead of rosemary or use smoked paprika in place of thyme.
To add an extra layer of flavor, wrap the antelope steak with bacon before grilling it. The bacon will keep the lean antelope meat moist while grilling and enhance its natural smoky flavors.
For a change of pace, try marinating the antelope meat in red wine or balsamic vinegar in place of fresh lemon juice. Or, swap out the vegetable oil for coconut oil or butter for a richer and creamier taste.
Don’t be afraid to play around with different combinations and experiment with different flavors until you find the perfect recipe that suits your palate. Live wild, eat wild, and enjoy experimenting with this delicious grilled antelope steak recipe!
Serving and Pairing
Once you’ve grilled your antelope steak to a medium-rare temperature, it’s time to serve and enjoy all the mouth-watering flavor that this wild game has to offer. Slicing the antelope meat thinly against the grain allows for tender bites that are sure to satisfy your taste buds.
For the perfect pairing, try serving this grilled antelope steak with a simple green salad or roasted vegetables like asparagus, carrots or potatoes. The natural flavors of the antelope meat will pair well with any earthy herbs and spices that you might add in your vegetable side dish.
To elevate the taste even further, you can add a fresh herb chimichurri sauce on top of your grilled antelope steak. The garlic, oregano, thyme, rosemary and onion in this dish perfectly complement the flavors of the grilled antelope.
If you are looking for something more hearty and substantial to pair with your antelope steak, try serving it with a side of mashed potato or creamy polenta. A bold red wine such as a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot would be an excellent choice to bring out the subtle notes of cedar and pine in this wild game meat.
In summary, grilled antelope steak is best served alongside simple sides or contrasting textures and flavors. Experiment with different sauces and veggie dishes until you find your perfect pairing. Your guests will thank you for inviting them over to “eat wild”!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
So you’ve cooked up some delicious grilled antelope steak and have leftovers or maybe you are planning ahead for a big event or barbecue. What do you do with the extra antelope meat? Here are some tips on storing and reheating grilled antelope to make sure you always enjoy a moist, juicy and flavorful meal.
To store your leftover grilled antelope steak, allow the meat to cool completely before packing in an airtight container or wrapping tightly with plastic wrap. Keep the meat refrigerated and it should last for up to 3-4 days.
When it’s time to reheat, there are several options that you can choose from based on your preference including:
1) Oven method: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Place the leftover antelope steak on a wire rack over a baking sheet covered with foil. Add a little bit of water or broth to the foil-lined sheet to create steam as it bakes. Cover the meat loosely with another piece of foil and heat for about 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.
2) Grilling method: To get that authentic grilled flavor again, heat your grill to high heat. Brush the leftover meat with some oil and grill for 4-5 minutes or until warmed through.
3) Stovetop method: Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a little bit of oil to the skillet and bring it up to temperature. Place the leftover antelope steak in the skillet and heat for 2-3 minutes per side or enough time to get it hot all the way through.
Remember that when reheating your grilled antelope, be careful not to overcook it as this can dry out the steak and change its deliciously juicy texture.
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you know how to cook your antelope steak to perfection, let me share some tips to ensure your dish comes out fantastic. Cooking antelope is not like cooking beef. This is wild game, and it requires some adjustments in the way we treat it on the grill.
First, for grilled antelope steak, I recommend cooking it to a final internal temperature of 130 degrees F. This gives you a medium-rare to medium doneness, which is perfect for wild game. Antelope tastes best when cooked low and slow with gentle heat, so aim for an internal temperature of 180-200 F if you’re going to cook it this way.
Secondly, before you start cooking, make sure your grill is preheated properly. Heat your grill to high heat (around 500 degrees F) before you add the meat. Once you add the steak to the grill, reduce the heat to medium-high (around 375-400 degrees F). This ensures that you get those beautiful grill marks and caramelization without charring or burning your antelope steak.
Thirdly, for maximum tenderness and flavor, marinate the antelope meat ahead of time. A simple marinade of olive oil, garlic, onion powder, thyme, rosemary and oregano will do wonders for any antelope meat. Marinating tenderizes the meat and adds a ton of flavor.
Fourthly, let your antelope meat rest for at least five minutes after grilling. This allows the juices in the meat to redistribute and stay inside the steak when you cut into it. Using a sharp knife also helps keep these juicy flavors inside.
Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with different seasonings and marinades. While salt and pepper is always a safe bet on grilled antelope steak, adding celery seed or bacon-wrapped garlic can take your dish up a notch.
Follow these tips and tricks next time you prepare barbeque or cook antelope at home or while camping outdoors. You’ll have guests asking for more!
Now, it is time to address some commonly asked questions about this delicious Grilled Antelope Steak Recipe. As I was perfecting this recipe for the first time, I had several queries about the cooking method, ingredient substitutions, and serving tips. In this section, I’ve compiled a few of the most frequently asked questions along with my detailed answers to help you have an enjoyable cooking experience. Read on and get ready to impress everyone with your cooking skills!
What’s the best way to cook antelope?
Before cooking the meat, generously coat it with sea salt and pepper. Preheat your grill on a high heat setting and place the meat on the grill. Let the seasoning and natural juices of the meat sear for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side. After cooking, remove the meat from the grill and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving. To ensure that the roast or big cuts have reached the ideal temperature, aim for an internal temperature of 130-degrees for medium-rare.
What temperature do you cook antelope?
To create a delicious and succulent antelope meal, it’s important to cook the meat until it reaches a final internal temperature of 130 degrees F. The best way to achieve this is by cooking the roast at a low temperature of 180 degrees F to 200 degrees F for several hours, until it becomes fork tender. Whether you’re an experienced chef or a novice cook, you can count on Broken Arrow Ranch for premium-quality antelope meat.
What to do with antelope meat?
Here are six delicious and creative recipes for cooking with antelope meat. These dishes range from kabobs to stroganoff and even use unique ingredients like pineapple and curry. Whether you’re already a fan of antelope meat or looking to try it for the first time, these recipes are sure to impress.
Is antelope backstrap good?
When it comes to cooking antelope meat, its tenderness and rich taste make it a breeze to prepare with minimal ingredients and cooking time. I prefer using rubs on our wild game and ensuring that the meat is at room temperature before cooking. This particular recipe is a no-fuss, quick and easy way to bring out the intense flavors of antelope. The recipe was originally shared in September 2011.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a unique and delicious way to prepare wild game, I highly recommend trying out this grilled antelope steak recipe. Not only is it packed with flavor thanks to the garlic, oregano, and rosemary marinade, but it’s also a healthier alternative to red meat.
Antelope meat is leaner than beef, which means it has fewer calories and less fat. Plus, it’s rich in protein, iron, and other essential nutrients, making it a nutritious choice for anyone looking to maintain a healthy diet.
By following the steps outlined in this recipe article, you’ll be able to prepare mouth-watering grilled antelope steaks that are cooked to perfection. Whether you choose to serve them as the main course at your next backyard barbecue or as part of a wild game feast with family and friends, these antelope steaks are sure to impress.
So why not live wild and try your hand at cooking some antelope this weekend? I promise you won’t regret it. And who knows – you may discover a newfound love for wild game that will keep you coming back for more.
Grilled Antelope Steak Recipe
- 3 lbs antelope steak, cut 1 1/2 inches thick
- 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- In plastic bag or large shallow bowl, combine all ingredients except meat.
- Add meat and marinate 6-8 hours.
- Prepare barbeque for cooking.
- Place steak on rack 6 inches above hot coals.
- Grill 10-15 minutes, basting occasionally.
- Turn, continue basting, and grill 10-15 minutes longer for medium steak.
- Serves 6-8.
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Shara @The Bird BBQ
Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.