Smoking Elk Meat

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sandlapper, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. Living in South Carolina we don't see many Elk! One of my friends recently hunted elk in Colorado and has shared his kill with me. I have not smoked elk before would covet any advice on preparing and smoking an elk roast.

  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Not tried it myself...Of course if the Elk that has been eating from my apple tree don't wise up...I live in a area of PA with many Elk the locals call them Cows with Antlers, I may get a chance to play with some meat. Here is some info from several members...JJ
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  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Like venison it's a lean meat and can be overlooked easily. So really watch the internal temp. I like to do like I always do with leaner cuts. I run my smoker low 180-200. That way I get the most smoke for the short time it takes. I prefer jerry, pecan, kiawe for woods. Or combinations of these. I usually keep the rub pretty straight forward. Salt, pepper, garlic, onion. We prefer our cooked to a medium-rare. Make sure and rest the meat prior to slicing.

    Reverse sear works well with elk steaks.
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  4. Do you brine or marinate the elk meat and if so how?
  5. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    I wouldn't do either of these with elk. I just believe to keep the flavor more natural but if you do not like meat that might be gamie then you could. Most elk are feeding off of pure nature (acorns, grasses, leaves) so the potential is there. Im with dirt that I prefer mine to be medium rare and resting is critical.
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Agreed. Every once in a while I will put on some Henderson's Relish or Worcestershire sauce right before cooking, but not very often. With that said there is a great restaurant here that uses a blackberry bourbon finishing sauce on elk that is to die for. Wish I knew all the ingredients for it.

    Not saying that your elk will need it but Chef JJ's Smokey Au Jus would be a good accompaniment. I like to sub the wine with a good porter or stout beer.
  7. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    Never smoked elk, but have had some elk meat several times.
    I'd do as mentioned above. Treat it like any type of venison.
    Pit temps below 225* or lower, and don't overcook.

    Gosh I'd love some elk right about now...:drool
  8. skooter

    skooter Fire Starter

    I often do venison roasts, I wrap them with Bacon during smoking. Very good! I'm sure Elk would be very much the same.
  9. Thanks so much for the suggestions.. I am looking forward to smoking the elk when it arrives from Colorado. I do smoke deer meat on occasion so I am not as far behind as I thought I might be.

    Thanks again to all.
  10. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd keep it simple with some smoke & a light coating of SPOG as Case suggested ! Elk has an awesome flavor & SPOG compliments it well ! Enjoy & toss up a couple pics if ya can !
  11. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Agree totally with the SPOG.  Elk is about my favorite meat (next to barren ground caribou).  I've never found it gamey at all.  Up here they eat mainly grass and hay--they play hell with the rancher's bale stacks. 

    Personally, I like mine cooked to medium.

  12. wailord

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  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Injected, bacon wrapped, over seasoned way to cook Elk meat, for anyone who has never done it before this is not how to cook elk or any other wild game.

    All steps not needed to cook a good hunk of elk. One of the best meats to use the KISS method on so you can fully enjoy the meat.

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