Pulled Barbecue Bison and Paleo Coleslaw

When I first got married, I was so disappointed that we didn’t have a crockpot. I remember my mom using her crockpot for so many things, and my grandpa using his crockpot for Sunday dinner. We’d go away to church for three hours and then come home to the house smelling delicious. You could taste the air!
Just a couple months ago, I finally got my hands on a decent crockpot. I have been using it like crazy to help me make quick meals before I run out the door to classes. I love a meal that I don’t have to babysit for an hour!

One of the meals I’ve been wanting to try is pulled pork, but since this week bison meat was on sale, I decided to create a pulled barbeque bison meal.

I love bison meat. I’ve definitely been leaning more vegetarian lately (which my body has been LOVING), but every once in a while I need some red meat. My ethical stance toward meat (and all animal products) is that there should be no antibiotics or growth hormones used by the animal or in production, and that animals should be humanely treated and raised. The best way to determine this  is either by going for organic, grass-fed or pasture-raised products, or looking for the American “Humane Raised Certified” label. Ranchers who raise bison in the USA are required by law to follow strict humane practices, including grass-fed practices, and territory allowances. Bison are allowed plenty of space to roam and graze. Which makes bison one of my favorite meats!

Here’s some reasons to try bison, if you haven’t already.
1. Because cholesterol levels in bison are lower than any of the other meats (including turkey!), thus giving you some cholesterol, but not overwhelming your body.
2. Because bison are protected animals.  By law, these gentle giants of the prairie are  only allowed to be raised on an open-range and fed grass or hay (some until slaughter time) One thing you do need to be careful about is that some bison meats are corn finished, so always read the label! If you have any doubts, when you cook your meat the fat should be yellow (grass-fed) not white (corn finished). Grass-fed meat contains a heart-healthy cholesterol, where corn-fed does not.
3. Because bison meat contains only 1/3 of the calories and nearly 90% less fat. WOW!


Pulled Barbecue Bison


1 lb chuck bison steak
1 red onion
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 cup water
1/4 cup BBQ Sauce (I use Annie’s)

Place large onion slices in the bottom of your crockpot and place the chuck steak on top of them. Pour water, oil, and BBQ sauce over the steak. Set to high and cook for 6-8 hours.

Coleslaw Ingredients:

1/2 red cabbage
1/2 green cabbage
3 large carrots
1 lemon, squeezed
3 tbs raw honey
2 tbs olive oil (or avocado oil)

Thinly slice cabbage and carrots in a food processor or by hand. Place in a large mixing bowl and mix evenly. Drizzle lemon and honey over the vegetables and stir.

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2 responses to “Pulled Barbecue Bison and Paleo Coleslaw”

  1. Where do you find Bison meat? What does it taste like? Is it more game-y like venison? How much per pound? Can you tell I’m a bit interested?

  2. Sprouts carries it occasionally. I think that Whole Foods might have some as well. I don’t really know what “gamey” tastes like….so I’m afraid I can’t answer your question. 🙁 But I like it! And the cost was cheaper than the organic, grass-fed beef they had (so $7.99 a lb?). We waited for it to go on sale, though.