There’s nothing better than having a bunch of delicious, slow-cooked shredded meat ready for the week to turn into tacos, sandwiches, and anything else you can think of. It’s a great way to meal prep. I’m not enough of a planner to meal prep something specific for every day of the week, but having some prepared meat like this helps me throw things together without much preparation a lot more easily on nights when I’m short on time. Cooking a whole roast and shredding it for later use can create multiple tasty and nourishing meals for the whole family throughout the week. All it takes is a high quality chuck roast - I love our bison roasts - and a slow cooker or Instant Pot. If you don’t have one of those, not to worry - you could totally slow cook this in the oven instead.
A Weeknight Dinner Game Changer
The secret is to slow cook the roast to tender, falling apart perfection. That, and a delicious marinade. I just used a simple one - coconut sugar, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and smashed garlic. And bone broth if you have it on hand. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, savory, acidic and garlicky to create shredded bison meat that nobody can get enough of. It’s also a really versatile marinade for meat that will go well with a lot of different recipes. Use it for tacos, on top of rice, in a quinoa bowl with veggies, over noodles… the options are endless. It makes it so quick and effortless to throw a meal together, you might wonder how you ever survived without cooking a roast for the week. The meat just gets more tender and flavorful over time, and you’ll have no problem using it all up before the week is over. I think I could easily go through one of these roasts in a week all by myself.
Bringing Back The American Bison
Our bison live free range on 10,000 beautiful acres here in New Mexico, or roam freely on our carefully selected partner ranches. They are pasture raised and never administered any amount of hormones, steroids or antibiotics. These are powerful, strong animals that live essentially wild with minimal handling. There were once 60 million bison roaming North America, and we hope to see their numbers increase back to even 1 million during our lifetime. By increasing the demand for ethically sourced bison meat, we can help to bolster their population. The more people that want to purchase this nourishing and nutrient dense meat, the more farmers will be encouraged to raise bison. This directly helps to increase the number of herds which assists in providing genetic diversity for the population.
- One 4-5 lb bison chuck roast
- 1 cup bison bone broth
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 4 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled
- Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
- Make sure the roast is all the way thawed before cooking. Generously season all over with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place in the Instant Pot or slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, mix together the bison bone broth, apple cider vinegar, coconut sugar, Worcestershire sauce and smashed garlic. Stir to combine, then pour the mixture over the meat in the pot.
- If using a slow cooker, let the roast cook on low for 8 hours. If using an Instant Pot, use the high pressure setting for 2 hours.
- When the meat has finished cooking, it should be so tender that it’s easy to shred using two forks. Shred the meat and mix with the sauce. Enjoy immediately and store the delicious leftovers to use throughout the week!
The Beck & Bulow Team Is Here To Help
At Beck & Bulow, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We’re always here to help if you have any questions regarding your meat, want help making selections, or are just looking for some cooking tips. Every time you call our office, you’ll be directly connected with one of our team members right here in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we’re based.
Every cut of meat is pressure sealed and flash frozen immediately after butchering at the peak of freshness. We work exclusively with master butchers who make every cut with care and precision. All orders are hand packed at our Santa Fe warehouse, shipped in a reusable cooler with dry ice and delivered straight to your doorstep. Check out our selections of humanely raised chicken, elk, bison, beef, lamb, wild boar, pork and seafood.
It’s always amazing to me how far you can see in Northern New Mexico. On our ranch outside of Las Vegas (New Mexico, not Nevada) you’ll be struck by the rugged outline of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the distance and the expansive blue skies stretching into infinity. The snow capped peaks on the horizon coexist peacefully beside the bright New Mexican sun. The ranch has a large valley running through it, and the view from above offers an aerial perspective of the Gallinas River. At this time of year, the river is often frozen and edged with snow. Large boulders dot the river banks and some of the many caves on the property can be seen from this elevated vantage point.
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The First Bison To Roam In Over 100 Years
There’s 5,000 acres of land here for bison to roam freely. Many people are surprised at how soft and mineral rich the soil is, as well as the green vegetation. Although much of New Mexico is desert, mountainous regions at higher elevations enjoy a completely different climate. The landscape is dotted with small waterfalls and springs, and everything from elk to cougars call this land home. There were once as many as 60 million bison roaming American soil. They could be found across the majority of the country, even venturing north into Canada and south into Mexico. During colonial times, their population was decimated to less than 1,000. The last wild bison in New Mexico were hunted and killed over 100 years ago, in the very same area that our ranch is on.
As you enter the land, there’s an expanse of trees with a distinct gap running through the middle. This gap lent itself perfectly to a tactic used by Native American hunters to take down buffalo (a nickname now synonymous with the word bison in America). American buffalo are enormous, powerful animals and can be extremely dangerous. Smart strategies that worked in harmony with the lay of the land enabled hunters to kill buffalos while lessening the threat of casualties among their own kind. By surprising a herd of buffalo and guiding them into the thick area of trees, the huge animals would be forced through the gap, making an easy target for waiting hunters on the other side. This unique feature of the land resulted in the name Buffalo Gap.
The Unique Mystery That Is New Mexico
There are various caves on the land, as well as a mysterious and ancient adobe structure. It’s the sort of place that lets your imagination run wild with what has occurred across the vast stretches of time and space. It’s full of life and a fierce beauty that is completely unique to New Mexico. When I think of the labeling requirements for “free range” meat in stores in comparison to what life is like for bison on our ranch, it seems to me that it shouldn’t even be considered the same food, much less the same quality.
American Bison Are A Lost Keystone Species
When we released a herd of buffalo onto this land, they were the first in over a century to roam the Buffalo Gap area. It was a joyful experience for our entire team to see the buffalo gallop into the vast expanse, eventually disappearing into the distance. Buffalo were once an integral part of American ecosystems. Their hooves are shaped in a particular way that actually irrigates and enhances the soil health of the land they graze. Their rough fur helps to catch seeds and pollinate plants, and grazing animals, especially in such vast numbers, help to trap carbon in the soil where it belongs.
There’s a sense of incredible freedom on land like this, and the return of a keystone species such as the American bison promises renewal in ways we probably can’t even imagine. When I spend time at our ranch, I experience an incredible feeling of connectedness and joy that comes from somewhere deep within. They say that New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment. It’s easy to see why when you find yourself in untouched natural beauty such as this. Once you’ve seen a sunset here, you’ll find yourself never wanting to leave.
Increasing demand for bison meat means more herds of bison. This helps to increase genetic diversity - something that is desperately needed, although the species demonstrated incredible resilience when forced through an evolutionary bottleneck. There are currently around half a million bison in the United States. At Beck & Bulow, it’s a goal of ours to see their numbers increase to at least one million in our lifetime.