Crock Pot Bison Roast

a plate of bison chuck roast with mashed potatoes

A Unique Classic - Crock Pot Bison Roast

I found some bison chuck roasts on clearance sale last week and snatched them up.  I love cooking and eating Bison, but it’s usually more expensive than beef. 

What is Bison Chuck Roast good for?  Most of the same things as beef chuck roast.   Bison chuck roast is a very lean cut of meat for beef, so it benefits from slow methods of cooking like smoking or slow cooking.

I customized my typical Pot Roast recipe for this Bison, this Bison Roast in the Crock Pot was a huge hit with the family.

bison chuck roast with a spoon onion and parsley1

Let’s make Crock Pot Bison Roast

chuck roast with salt and pepper rubbed on

-1-

Season the Bison Chuck Roast

Rub it liberally with Salt and black pepper

-2-

Sear the Roast

Sear each side 2–4 minutes

seared bison chuck roast
raw vegetables on a cutting board

-3-

Fill out the Crock

Add the vegetables, wine, and broth

-4-

Slow cook

Cook for 4-5 hours on high

Or cook for 6-8 hours on low

bison pot roast before shredding

-5-

Shred and Serve

Shred the beef with two forks.

Serve with potatoes, noodles, or rice.

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bison chuck roast with a spoon potatoes and parsley

Crock Pot Bison Roast

Bison Chuck roast slow cooked with potatoes, carrots, and onions
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 313 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Crock Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lb Bison chuck roast
  • 2-3 large carrots chopped into 2-3 inch pieces
  • 1 large onion chopped into large pieces
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup red wine I used cabernet sauvignon
  • 1.5 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Instructions
 

  • Season the bison chuck roast liberally with salt and black pepper.
  • Heat canola oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the bison and sear 2-4 minutes per side, until at least 2 sides are well seared.
  • Remove the bison chuck roast to the bowl of a slow cooker.
  • Add the red wine and beef broth to the skillet and use a spatula to scrape up any browned bits. Bring to a boil and turn off the heat.
  • Add the carrots, onion, mushrooms, and tomato paste to the slow cooker around the bison roast. Pour over the wine and broth mixture.
  • Add the bay leaf, pressing it into the liquid, and slow cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  • Once the cook time has ended, remove the bison roast from the crock pot to a cutting board. Shred with forks or slice against the grain depending on your preference.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes and a roll, or as a sandwich.

Nutrition

Serving: 6gCalories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 12.7gProtein: 44.2gFat: 9.1gSaturated Fat: 2.9gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 192mgFiber: 3.2gSugar: 6.8gCalcium: 30mgIron: 10mg
Keyword bison, chuck roast, corned beef, Pot Roast
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Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Bison Roast
Serving Size
 
6 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
313
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9.1
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
2.9
g
18
%
Cholesterol
 
126
mg
42
%
Sodium
 
192
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
12.7
g
4
%
Fiber
 
3.2
g
13
%
Sugar
 
6.8
g
8
%
Protein
 
44.2
g
88
%
Calcium
 
30
mg
3
%
Iron
 
10
mg
56
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sides to serve with this pot roast

  1. Cottage Cheese Drop Biscuits – Every pot roast needs some bread to soak up the gravy, and these drop biscuits are perfect.
  2. Copycat Maggiano’s Chopped Salad –  There is no better appetizer for a rich and heavy dinner than a fresh chopped salad.
  3. Spanish Vegetable Side Dish – These vegetables are steamed in wine and are the perfect healthy side for your pot roast.
bison chuck roast with a spoon potatoes and parsley

What does buffalo taste like?

Buffalo takes a lot like beef.  The meat is generally a bit leaner, meaning there’s less fat and is perhaps slightly tougher.   In my opinion though we’re talking about shades of gray, and you could probably convince someone this recipe was made with beef. 

The buffalo meat you buy in stores is raised in captivity, similar to beef.    It’s not gamey at all, and all the cuts you buy are basically the same as beef.  I think buffalo meat is just subtly different enough from beef in flavor, that is a fun way to change up a meal!

bison chuck roast in a yellow dish

Can I Cook Bison Chuck Roast in an Instant pot?

Yes, if you prefer to use an electric pressure cooker you can make this pot roast faster.   Prepare the bison and vegetables as per the recipe, but cook it in your instant pot or pressure cooker for 60 minutes on high pressure.

a plate of bison chuck roast pot roast with potatoes and parsley
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