What is the most tender meat that you have ever eaten? Look for help finding most tender animal meat

Discussion in 'Making Jerky' started by rob sicc, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Hi everyone,

    I make Jerky and I sell it at a local farmers market.  I also have competed at our local state fair this past year.  I did very well but I didn't win over all.  The person that did win used EMU.  I will say it was the most tender meat I have ever eaten.

    So I thought I would come here and ask everyone's opinion.  So I ask, what animal gave you the most tender meat that you have ever eaten?

    the flavor I an not worried about.  I am looking for ideas for next time.

    Also,  does anyone have any good sources for buying exotic meats?

    As always, all help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for reading my thread.


  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I don't know how you can get more tender than beef tenderloin.

    And you would still have that beef flavor.

    But that would be some expensive jerky.

  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The most tender Meat I've ever had has been any of my Smoked Prime Ribs.

    However I wouldn't make Jerky out of it.

    The most Tender Jerky I've ever had was from Pork Loin, and it tastes just as good as Beef Jerky. IMHO
  4. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Well, Bear, if I learned one thing on here it's the value HO!  

    With that said, you would have been blown away by the Emu this guy made.  There was barely any chew to it.  I am only looking to use enough so I can complete with it next time.  I won't be using it on a regular basis.  That is unless I hit the powerball anytime in the near future.  lol
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yup---I had Emu one time, about 20 years ago---It was awesome---I couldn't believe it was "Bird Meat" !!!

  6. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    RS, IMHO I like my jerky with a bit of a bite, tenderest meat for me was the tenderloin from a moose calve that was a roadkill and processed immediately. TASTY and TENDER!
  7. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Crazy Moon,

    I loved your reply.  Unfortunately, I don't come across many fresh road kill moose.  I agree with you about having a little bite but if you ate this, you would have been impressed.
  8. jeffinn

    jeffinn Fire Starter

    I agree with Al on both points.
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Ostrich and Emu are similar but Ostrich have a higher yield, bigger muscles. You want to use the Fan Fillet, a very tender muscle off the leg. I consulted for a Farm in PA and have eaten and played with a hundred pounds of Ostrich and Emu meat. Check these guys out. The article isn't too old and they should be able to help...JJ

    Last edited: Sep 27, 2016
  10. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Chef Jimmy, thank you so much for the source and the reply in general.  I will check them out.

    The jerky I tried was truly like butter.  Any suggestions how to cook/Dry/Smoke the Ostrich to get the texture?
  11. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Last edited: Sep 28, 2016
  12. rlj3rd

    rlj3rd Fire Starter

    Fawn, chicken fried in butter, it literally melted in your mouth.
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    You're kidding!!

  14. rlj3rd

    rlj3rd Fire Starter

    Nope, most tender meat I ever ate.
  15. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Roaming Acres Ostrich Farm, Lafayette/Hardyston? 

    Yep...Give them a call. The Ostrich/Emu community of farmers is not large and they tend to know each other and can tell you who is still around. In the early 90's a bunch of folk thought they would get Rich selling the " New Healthy Red Meat ". Both are very tasty but at the time, sold for $9-12 a pound. Beef Rib Eye and even Fillet Mignon was half that so the general public didn't buy in. Lot of folks lost their life savings on that investment. Now just a handful of farms that cater to the Exotic Meat market...JJ
  16. dogman60

    dogman60 Fire Starter

    I was fortunate enough
    To guide on a game ranch for a good number of years and without question the most tender and tasty meat was that from a Axis Deer , with close second a Red Deer
    Doe . Elk and Moose my fav. To grill.
    Have made jerky from Axis Deer cant compare to a whitetail ....:yahoo:
  17. rob sicc

    rob sicc Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Thanks Dogman,  Any Idea where I can order Aqxis Deer from?  Since I never even heard of them, I'm thinking it's not going to be easy.
  18. dogman60

    dogman60 Fire Starter

    Where i live in florida there are several game ranches where you can go shoot a meat deer . Since most go after trophys
    The ranches thin out the herds by selling meat deer . Some of these ranches have 20 different species of deer .
  19. dogman60

    dogman60 Fire Starter

    Axis Deer are provably the closest to a whitetail as far as habits and characteristics . They are native to Asia
    But game ranches in the US Southern States have large herds of these wily animals. Back to question : they are by far
    one of the best tasting natural wild game meats you can enjoy.

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